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Cavendish ups Olympic selection bid with Omnium win in Lithuania
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish upped his game for selection to the British team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning the omnium in this weekend's meeting in Paneveys, Lithuania. Cavendish began the weekend with a second place in the Scratch race to Switzerland's Gal Suter, then followed up with an uncharacteristic victory in the Individual Pursuit. He ended the first day with the win in the Elimination Race. On the second day, his compatriot Kian Emadi won the kilometer time trial and flying lap, while Cavendish finished third in both. Cavendish went into the final points race with a ten point advantage on Suter, and 20 on Suter's teammate Olivier Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Not content to rest on his laurels, Cavendish won six of the 15 mid-race sprints, lapped the field with Suter and then won the final sprint to take a commanding victory by 26 points over Suter. With the road course in Rio unsuited to him, Cavendish has turned his focus to the track. Cavendish last raced the track in the Olympics in 2008, when he and Madison partner Bradley Wiggins were the favourites for victory after claiming the world title that year, but were only able to manage ninth in Beijing. Subsequently, the UCI removed the Madison from the Olympic programme, leaving the Omnium as the most logical event for him to qualify. Cavendish and Wiggins won the Madison at the World Championships earlier this year. " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) June 6, 2016 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins and Cavendish to team up at Six Day London
May 24, 2016 (09:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After claiming a memorable Madison title at the Track World Championships earlier this year, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will team up once again, returning to the scene of their triumph, at the Six Day London event in October. Cavendish confirmed his participation a couple of months ago but Wiggins was added to the bill on Tuesday to form, as he put it, the double act everyone wants to see. Ever since their ill-fated Madison ride at the 2008 Olympic Games, the careers of two of the biggest personalities in the history of British cycling have entwined themselves, culminating in that feel-good victory in the London Velodrome.Wiggins, who had noted that he and Cavendish had 'conquered the world' in the intervening eight years, said this year's Six Day could be the last time they compete alongside one another.ADVERTISEMENT Its going to be great. This has got to be the double act everyone wants to see isnt it?" said the 36-year-old. "Winning the Madison at the Worlds was incredible and this might well be the last chance that people get to see us together. With the roof having been blown off the Lee Valley VeloPark during the Madison victory in March, Wiggins joked that theyd have to put in some six day appearances " like the old days of Merckx and Sercu. Cavendish, who helped launch the Six Day London last year, revealed that was exactly the idea he had put to his partner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish in driving seat for Olympic Games selection
April 19, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendishis in the driving seat to take the Omnium spot in the Great Britain track squad for the Olympic Games in Rio this summer. The squad will finalised in June but Cavendish is set to be handed the chance to win a first Olympic medal after spending time training on the track at thenational cycling centre in Manchester last week. After a block of racing on the road, which followed the Track World Championships in early March, the Manxman's return to the boards is a clear indication that he is still at the forefront of the British Cycling selectors' minds. Another factor may be that Jon Dibben, who became world champion in the points race - the most important event in the Omnium - last month, broke his elbow last week in a crash at the ZLM Roompot Toer. The 22-year-old is set to undergo surgery on it today [Tuesday], though British Cycling have told Cyclingnews that he could be back on his bike next week and that his "Rio ambitions remain unaffected".ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish has made no secret of his desire to earn a place on the plane to Rio, and returned to the track last summer to kick off the process. Having based himself at the British national cycling centre in Manchester over the winter, heracked up the requisite qualification points in international competition and rode the Omnium at the Track Worlds in London at the start of March. His performance there was meant to have a big impact on his possible selection, which also hinged on the fact that whoever got the Omnium spot would also have to act as the fifth member of the team pursuit squad. While Dibben contributed to the pursuit team's silver medal and won gold in the points race, Cavendish only managed sixth in the Omnium, though he did taste Madison gold alongside Bradley Wiggins. The headache for the British Cycling selectors was compounded by the return of Ed Clancy after a serious back injury, with the former Omnium world champion putting in a strong ride as part of the pursuit quartet for the final ride. "I have total confidence that Mark can do the job in TP [team pursuit]. I've always believed that. I don't think that comes into the question for me,"said British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton after the Track Worlds. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish given top-three target at world championships (Reuters)
February 27, 2016 (00:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Mark Cavendish must finish in the top three of the omnium at the next month's track world championships to be selected for the Rio Olympics, British cycling's technical director said on Friday. Cavendish is one of the world's best ever road sprinters with 26 Tour de France stage victories, but has never won an Olympic medal. In 2008 he finished ninth in the madison on the track at the Beijing Games and four years later he came 29th in the road race in London. More...
Cavendish and Wiggins teaming up at track cycling worlds
February 24, 2016 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins will team up in the Madison event at next month's track world championships.The former Sky teammates are in the team of 21 riders representing Britain at the March 2-6 event in London.Cavendish... More...
Former world champ Cavendish withdraws after shoulder injury
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) " Former world champion Mark Cavendish of Britain has withdrawn from this year's championship after sustaining a shoulder injury at the Tour of Britain.Cavendish, who won the rainbow jersey in 2011, made a special... More...
Former champion Mark Cavendish to miss cycling worlds
September 20, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish will miss next week's cycling world championships in Richmond, Virginia, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.Cavendish, who won the road race world title in 2011,... More...
News shorts: Cavendish committed to racing on track at Rio 2016 Olympics, says Salzwedel
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Unfinished business for Cavendish on the track, says Salzwedel British Cycling endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel has said that Mark Cavendish is completely committed to racing on the track in the omnium at the Rio 2016 Olympics, saying that he has unfinished business after being the sole British rider not to win a medal on the boards in Beijing seven years ago. Cavendish will line up alongside Bradley Wiggins in the Revolution Series event in Derby this weekend in a bid to score qualifying points for the winters Track World Cup events, the first step towards earning a berth in Brazil next year.ADVERTISEMENT I was very surprised and very proud when we met and discovered how determined he is, Salzwedel told The Telegraph. "He has some unfinished business back from 2008 in his mind. He really wants to go to Rio with the track team and wants to go 100 per cent focused on the omnium. He doesn't come in saying 'we'll see how it goes,' it's clear in his mind, his focus and priorities. The Olympics is where Mark wants to be in 12 months time. The weekends event provides a useful dress rehearsal for Cavendishs preparations " the timing between the Tour de France and Olympic Games next year and this year's Tour and Revolution Series are exactly the same, Salzwedal pointed out " though Ed Clancy apparently remains the favourite to take Great Britains slot in in the omnium in Rio. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2015 Tour of Britain: Details announced of opening stage
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The details of the opening stage of this years Aviva Tour of Britain have been announced by the local organisers, with some stiff climbs on the agenda on the road from Anglesey before a fast run-in to the finish in Wrexham in northern Wales. The year marks the first time that the current iteration of the Tour of Britain, which began in 2004, has started in Wales. The opening stage takes place on Sunday, September 6 begins in Beaumaris and follows a 40-kilometre loop around the island of Anglesey before crossing to the mainland via the Menai bridge. After an intermediate sprint at Llanberis, where Mark Cavendish claimed a stage win in 2013, the race climbs the category one Llanberis pass, the first classified climb of the Tour of Britain. After dropping into Conwy County, the next climb is the four-kilometre haul up Nant-y-Glyn.ADVERTISEMENT The days second intermediate sprint is at Pentre Llanhaeadr, and is followed shortly afterwards by the ascent of the Bwlch in the Clwydian Hills. The days final intermediate sprint is in Mold, 20 kilometres from the finish in Wrexham. The finale features a loop around the centre of Wrexham before the finish on Chester Street. The night before the opening stage, the Tour of Britain team presentation will take place in Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay. Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain brings the peloton from Clitheroe to Colne and includes the tough climb of Nick OPendle. Stage finishes in Kelso, Blyth, Hartside Pass, Nottingham and Ipswich follow before the final criterium in London on Sunday, September 13. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
inCycle video: The Tour de France finish on the Champs-lyses
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The introduction of the Champs-lyses as the grand finale in 1975 added a new dimension to the Tour de France, and the famous finish beneath the Arc de Triomphe is an intrinsic part of the races appeal. In its 40 years on the Tour, the Champs-lyses has been the site of so many dramatic moments, from Greg LeMonds defeat of Laurent Fignon in 1989 to Djamoladine Abdoujaparovs crash in 1991 to Mark Cavendishs sequence of four successive wins. As the Tour celebrated the anniversary of its first visit to the Champs-lyses, a number of past riders spoke to inCycle and shared their memories of racing on the most beautiful avenue in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Its difficult to imagine anything bigger than the Champs-lyses, said Bernard Hinault, who wore yellow there five times and won the final stage on two occasions for good measure, beating Joop Zoetemelk in a two-up sprint in 1979 and winning a bunch finish three years later. In this inCycle video, Robbie McEwen, Jens Voigt and Greg LeMond also describe their emotions at riding on the Champs-lyses for the first time and pay tribute to cyclings most evocative finishing straight. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
The Cyclingnews podcast: Danielson's positive, Cavendish's future and an exclusive with Eisel
August 05, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Tour de France may be behind us but that hasn't stopped the Cyclingnews team picking up from where they left off with another edition of the podcast. In the latest podcast Editor in Chief Daniel Benson, News editor Sadhbh OShea and Procycling Editor Ed Pickering dissect the last news from around the cycling world. From Tom Danielsons positive test for synthetic testosterone, to the latest transfers for the 2016 season. Theres also an exclusive interview with Team Skys Classics star Bernhard Eisel about his future and possible link up with Mark Cavendish for next year.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team GB favour Clancy over Cavendish for Olympic omnium
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team GBs wealth of riches in certain Olympic track events is particularly evident in the mens omnium, where 2012 bronze medallist Ed Clancy, Team Skys Ben Swift, Etixx-QuickSteps Mark Cavendish and the upcoming Jon Dibben are all possibles for the one place likely to be available in Rio de Janeiro next year. With a year to go to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Team GB technical director Shane Sutton believes that Clancy has the edge on the other riders. But the Australian believes Cavendish has the ability to compete for a gold medal next year if he can achieve enough qualification points beforehand. Cav is coming in on the 15th to do the Derby Revolution event in order to try to score some points for qualification, Sutton told Cyclingnews. But Ive got to be totally honest. Its not going to be easy for him.ADVERTISEMENT Weve also got Londons bronze medallist, who I rate as probably the best omnium rider in the world alongside Italys Elia Viviani. I think in timed events no one can touch Ed. I think if Ed decides that hes going to apply himself to the omnium, then anyone who plans on making that squad is going to have to be prepared to commit fully because theres no doubt Eds the best in the world. Sutton admitted he wouldnt be surprised to see Cavendish rise to this challenge, even if the Manxman has to combine it with racing next years Tour de France, which finishes just a fortnight before the start of the Rio Olympics. Cav is Cav. Hes the fastest roadman in the world, a British legend, and were going to welcome him with open arms, said Sutton. Im quite sure that Ed and the rest of the endurance squad wholl be vying for these spots will welcome him back. If anyone could do it, its Cav. But, as I said, Im very confident in what weve got at this time if Cav decides not to do it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Eisel: Linking up with Cavendish is a possibility for next year
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The next two weeks are crunch time for Bernhard Eisel as he looks to secure a new contract for 2016. The Team Sky road captain is out of contract at the end of this season, having served at the British WorldTour team since 2012 but he is relaxed about his options. At the recent RideLondon Classic the 34-year-old sat Eisel down with Cyclingnews to talk about his chances of re-signing with Team Sky, returning to a French team [he rode for FDJ from 2003 to 2006 - ed.] and the possible option of linking up with a former teammate, Mark Cavendish. Im still discussing my future. The priority is to stay here [at Sky] and were getting close but of course theres talks with other teams but nothing is signed and I dont have a contract at home to sign yet. Im not actually stressed though. I know that not much happens during the Tour de France except with the riders who are there and now its crunch time in the next two weeks, Eisel told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Eisel has carved a niche for himself at Team Sky as a rider who can captain squads at both Grand Tours and Classics. He may not quite have the sprint legs of the rider who won Gent-Wevelgem back in 2010 but he remains a thoroughbred with vast peloton experience and race know-how. My preference would normally be to stay here. I know what I have here and to go somewhere else and start new doesnt make it easier for myself. Theres interest from different teams and theres other opportunities but this is more about weighing up where I want to go and what I want to do. Part of the puzzle Eisel must solve is whether he wants to remain directly in cycling once he hangs up his wheels. A role as directeur sportif is one potential avenue the Austrian could pursue but so too is higher education, with studies in sports management another option. The long-term future cannot be ignored once a rider moves into his thirties but Eisel also believes that his legs are still strong enough to warrant a place in a WorldTour team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luca Guercilena: Theres a 35% chance of Trek signing Mark Cavendish
August 02, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Trek Factory Racings general manager, Luca Guercilena, has told Cyclingnews that there is only a 35 per cent chance of his team signing sprinter Mark Cavendish for 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish is out of contract for next season but has been linked with a volley of WorldTour teams included Trek Factory Racing, MTN-Qhubeka and BMC. His current team, Etixx-QuickStep have yet to offer him a formal deal, although the two parties continue to talk and negotiate. Cavendish, who is third in the all-time list of Tour de France stage winners with 26 wins, is currently in London, where he is set to race todays RideLondon Classic. However, Guercilena, who is currently in the United States told Cyclingnews that, the situation is pretty simple. Weve been talking about it but nothing really has yet been defined. We had a discussion with his manager but no decision has been made. Weve not made an offer. That depends on some things that weve discussed with his agent that are connected together.Cyclingnews contacted Cavendishs agent on Friday but was given a no comment reply. When asked what chance there was of Cavendish joining Trek Factory Racing, Guercilena said: €Its difficult to say right now. The situation is that his manager proposed him to us with a series of conditions but its around a 35 per cent chance of him coming to us for next season. We have many young guys that we want to renew and keep on the team. Were still working on things but well be concentrating on the leaders that we have and then developing the young talents that we have on the team. Cavendish isnt the only rider who has been linked with a move to Trek Factory Racing with his former HTC-Highroad teammate Tejay van Garderen also speculated to be on the move. The American Grand Tour rider still has a year left on his current deal at BMC and Guercilena confirmed that no transfer bid had been made. Theres actually zero chance because he still has a contract for next season. So unless were talking about 2017 its not going to happen. At the moment theres no negotiations with him. Guercilena also confirmed that Trek Factory Racing had monitored the situations of Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal, with the Cannondale-Garmin pair both out of contract for next season. Despite initial talks with both riders representatives moves for either rider are highly unlikely. In regards to Hesjedal, Guercilena said: We had a chat but that was just about listening to what he was looking for. It never went further. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Gaviria to debut with Etixx-Quickstep alongside Cavendish in RideLondon
August 01, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Gaviria to debut alongside Cavendish at RideLondon, Contreras signed for two years Etixx-Quickstep today announced the signing of two riders as trainees for the remainder of the season and will then continue as neo-pros for the next two years. Fernando Gaviria, 20, the reigning Omnium world champion and winner of two stages at the Tour de San Luis had already been linked to the team after demonstrating his sprint prowess in the Argentinean race. The Colombian will make his debut with the team at the Prudential RideLondon Classic alongside Mark Cavendish, who was looking forward to racing in front of home crowds again.ADVERTISEMENT Its always special for me to race back in Britain," Cavendish said. "The home fans, and the noise they make supporting us, makes this race even more enjoyable to ride than a lot of races. It is a truly iconic finish, which the riders, teams and fans love too. For a British rider this is one piece of road that stirs great emotion for sure. Etixx-QuickStep also have an exciting young sprinter Gaviria racing who has a big future in the sport. Keep an eye out for him. Cavendish and Gaviria will be joined by Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Mark Renshaw and Fabio Sabatini in London. Gaviria will then go on to compete in the Czech Cycling Tour and Tour of Britain with Etixx-QuickStep, in addition to racing Tour de l'Avenir with the Colombian national team. " Paul Martens (@PMartens83) July 30, 2015 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish contract discussions on-going with Etixx after Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendishs agent, Simon Bayliff, met with Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere in Paris on Sunday as the Tour de France concluded but contract negotiations between the rider and his current team are still on-going. Although discussions are at an early stage, Lefevere is keen to keep the negotiations moving forward as he seeks to build a team for 2016. The Belgian squad have a number of riders still out of contract, including Rigoberto Urn, Tom Boonen and Cavendish. Lefevere has already confirmed that current world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will depart at the end of the season. The Pole is expected to sign for Team Sky. "I met with Marks agent on Sunday and we had a good conversation, Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Hell go back to Mark with it and then well see what happens. I explained my view and Simon explained theirs. This week nothing will happen because Mark rides in London and Im away for a few days but dont forget that three years ago when Mark signed for us we didnt sign anything until September. I think the press is more nervous about the situation than I am. Cavendishs future at Etixx comes down to a number of factors, not just salary, but also race programme and the shared ambitions between the rider and team management. Lefevere has invested heavily in building a leadout around Cavendish and the rider has repaid him with a string of victories, and he has won three Tour de France stage since joining the team. [Negotiations] depend about the conditions," Lefevere continued. Its about the whole picture, his ambitions, ours, how long we work together. Were not talking about a rider who will ride for 50,000 Euro, were talking about a big star, so negotiations arent completed in fifteen minutes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere tight-lipped on Cavendish contract negotiations
July 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the Tour de France over and done with, its time to get down to business for Mark Cavendish and his agent Simon Bayliff. They are due to sit down with Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere to decide his future at the team. Cavendishs contract is up at the end of the season but he is yet to pen a new deal with the Belgian squad, where he has been since 2013. MTN-Qhubeka and Trek Factory Racing have expressed interest in the Manx Missile, but Lefevere remained tight-lipped about Cavendishs future with the team. I will tell him first and then you, he told Cyclingnews outside the team bus by the Place de la Concorde following the final stage of the Tour de France. In June he told Cyclingnews, The Tour de France gives more than 60 per cent of a riders publicity and value. So if he can win at the Tour then its a totally different discussion. A victory on the Champs lyses on the Tours final, and most prestigious sprint stage, would have helped Cavendish in his contract negotiations. It was his former teammate Andr Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) that took the honours though as Cavendish took sixth after struggling with illness for the past week. Third in the all-time standings for Tour de France stage wins, Cavendish could only add one to his impressive haul " his lowest number of wins since his debut Tour de France in 2007. How many riders have won a stage? said Lefevere. A sprint is depending on so many details but I dont have to look for excuses. I think Greipel was the strongest here, and Mark won a stage and did his best. I cant complain. This Greipel we havent seen in many years and this is maybe the first time hes been so strong in the Tour so if theres pace hes the strongest. This is the Tour de France, and next year there will be another Tour de France. For the team as a whole, the Tour de France has been good to them with three stages wins and two days in yellow with Tony Martin. I think we did a fantastic first week, Lefevere said. We won with Tony and he got the yellow, we won with Stybar on the same day that Tony crashed. In the second week I think that we were one of the most aggressive teams. Every day we had guys in the breakaway but we couldnt win. We were really close with (Rigoberto) Urn in Mende but he was dropped and, in the last week, there was only one word suffering.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Illness hampers Cavendish's and Kristoff's chances in Paris
July 27, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If you had been asked to pick your favourites for the final stage of the Tour de France at the start of July, two men high on that list would have been Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Illness took its toll on the two riders, however, and they were no match for a charging Andr Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) on Sunday. Cavendish has the record for most consecutive victories on the Champs-lyses but it has been three years since he was able to lift his arms in victory on the cobbled street. It wasnt a really complicated race today, there were no crashes and it wasnt a coincidence that Greipel, who has won three stages before, went on to win number four. Congrats to Lotto and Greipel, they did a super job, said Etixx-QuickStep directeur sportif Brian Holm.ADVERTISEMENT The disappointment was evident on Cavendish's face, who was crying when he met his family after the stage. With one victory on stage 7, its the lowest tally for Cavendish at a Tour de France since his debut in 2007 " discounting last years abandon on stage 1. The Manxman has been suffering with illness since the middle of the second week but the team didnt want to make excuses. Thats doctor stuff, I dont really want to speculate about it, Holm said. He survived the mountains really well, he rode hard in the Alps so I know that he didnt feel well but that was part of the race, riders dont really feel very well. Everybody can write their own novel about the Tour de France and whether it was good and bad, and maybe ours is a bit sicker than others but thats part of the race. Kristoff fared better than Cavendish but the Norwegian admitted that he too had been suffering in recent days. Ive been struggling with fever so I knew that my shape wasnt the top, Kristoff told Cyclingnews after catching his breath on the Champs-lyses. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
MTN-Qhubeka express interest in signing Cavendish
July 27, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After making waves at the Tour de France, MTN-Qhubeka have set their sights on bigger successes next season. The team have been looking into signing sprinter Mark Cavendish, who is out of contract with Etixx-QuickStep at the end of the season. The Manxman has been linked with a number of moves, however, including a move to Trek Factory Racing. We had some discussions with Marks manager but its all about funding and there are a whole lot of things that go with it, MTN-Qhubeka team principal Doug Ryder confirmed to Cyclingnews. For us, what is important is the culture that fits into the team and the value that it can bring. Were not going to change our culture, were not going to change the strategy of our team. Those things are really important to us. MTN-Qhubeka are looking to bring on the sprinter with a view of turning WorldTour either this year or next. Currently only 17 teams are registered as WorldTour following the merger of Cannondale and Garmin, and the demotion of Europcar. Ryder says that the decision on whether to do it in 2016 or wait another season has to be made by the end of the month. The team are currently 50-50 according to Ryder, with sponsors and other considerations still to be secured. It is thought that Dimension Data could step up as a named sponsor next season but the team are still finalising their plans.ADVERTISEMENT We have to speak to the UCI on August 1. The rules can be a little bit loose because they would love another WorldTour team but that decision has got to be made in the next two weeks, Ryder said. Once the Tour de France is finished well have a sit down with our partners and strategise and plan for that and so well know in the next two weeks if we should go WorldTour or if we should stabilise the team with what we have at the moment. Weve always taken small steps to go up and we never want to embark on something we cant sustain. That will probably be the only factor that we could see us not making WorldTour next year. The team brought on nine new riders at the end of last season, seven who were not African, including sprinters Matt Goss, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar. The riders were brought with a view to mentoring the African talent but also produce the early season performances in the classics. They had a disappointing classics though, with Matt Brammeiers Tour of Flanders break possibly their highlight, and that is where they are looking to strengthen their line-up. All the young talent will come from Africa but if you want to go WorldTour then you have to have a lot of depth, Ryder said. The classics is where we want to bring in more depth, we want to bring in more riders who can win races. The classics are the oldest most famous races in the world and with massive amount of exposure in terms of media and people that watch them and we want to get our Qhubeka charity to as many people as possible. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish looking for final Tour de France success in Paris
July 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish loves a challenge and the Manxman faces one of the biggest of his career in Paris as he tries to win the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees and convince Etixx-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere to give him a contract extension and invest in a dedicated lead out train fro 2016. Lefevere is expected to sit down with Cavendishs agent in Paris and finally talk numbers, goals and details of a deal. A fifth victory on the Champs Elysees would help Cavendish secure a contract close to his reported 2.2 million Euro current salary. If Cavendish fails to beat three-time Tour stage winner Andre Greipel, Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb, it could hurt his chance of staying at Etixx-QuickStep and spark a move to MTN-Qhubeka or Trek Factory Racing, who have been linked to the British rider. Cavendish won the Champs Elysees every year between 2009 and 2012 but Marcel Kittel dominated the sprints in the 2013 Tour de France and Cavendish crashed out on stage one in Harrogate in 2014. Cavendish had to wait almost two years to win his 26th stage at the Tour de France, but showed he is still fast, hungry and competitive by winning the sprint in Fougeres ahead of Greipel, Sagan and Degenkolb.ADVERTISEMENT Like all the sprinters in this years race, Cavendish has dug deep to finish the tough mountain stages of the Tour de France but ensured he was in the gruppetto on each stage. He has rarely spoken to the media during his fight for survival but will fly to Paris with the rest of the peloton before the stage and hopes to end his Tour on a high as the sun sets over Paris and on the 2015 Tour de France. He has since lost key lead out man Mark Renshaw but knows the secrets of the high-speed sprint on the Champs Elysees. Positioning is key, especially going into the final slight right turn onto the Champs Elysees. They changed the corner slightly since my early wins and now its wider and hardly a corner at all, Cavendish told Equipe during a long interview with the French sports newspaper. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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