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Team GB favour Clancy over Cavendish for Olympic omnium
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Eisel: Linking up with Cavendish is a possibility for next year
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Luca Guercilena: Theres a 35% chance of Trek signing Mark Cavendish
August 02, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
News shorts: Gaviria to debut with Etixx-Quickstep alongside Cavendish in RideLondon
August 01, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Cavendish contract discussions on-going with Etixx after Tour de France
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Lefevere tight-lipped on Cavendish contract negotiations
July 27, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Tour de France: Illness hampers Cavendish's and Kristoff's chances in Paris
July 27, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
MTN-Qhubeka express interest in signing Cavendish
July 27, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Cavendish looking for final Tour de France success in Paris
July 26, 2015 (15:45) [ Indexed from ]
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 More...
Tour de France: Renshaw abandons during second day in the Alps
July 24, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from ]
If Etixx-QuickStep sprinter Mark Cavendish wants to win the final stage of this years Tour de France on the Champs Elysees Sunday, hell have to figure out a way to do it without the services of ace lead-out man Mark Renshaw. The 32-year-old Australian abandoned the race during Thursdays 18th stage to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne after suffering the ill-effects of a migraine headach that started the day before. "Yesterday at the end of the stage I came down with a migraine before the final climb, and the pain never went away overnight," Renshaw said. "I woke up with the same pain this morning. It's pain from really stiff muscles in my neck, and that pain from the stiffness has gone up into my head in the form of a migraine.ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw said that while riding over every hole, bump and rough patch on the road Thursday, he could feel the pain in his head and the stiffness in his neck. I've never experienced anything like that before, he said. Together with the team we decided for me to stop. There is no way I could keep going like this. I already knew when I woke up this morning that it'd be hard to finish the stage. The pain was so intense and never lessened. If Cavendish can make it though the next two days, he will certainly feel Renshaws absence on Sunday when the race bears down on Paris and the sprinters get one last chance for glory. The Manxman has collected only one stage win in this years race, and hes certainly champing at the bit to add another. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Illness ends Cavendish's hopes for a win in Valence
July 20, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish said illness sidetracked his hopes for a 27th Tour de France stage win Sunday in Valence. The Manx Missile was off the back, fighting to make the time cut, when the predicted bunch sprint materialised and Andre Greipel took his third victory of the 2015 race. The Etixx-QuickStep sprinter, who was dropped on the first climb and forced to chase for the rest of the stage, said he was plagued with an upset stomach the night before. "I was up last night with stomach problems," Cavendish said. "In terms of the team's tactics, we prayed it would be an easy start. But we had the plan to get guys in the breakaway anyway.ADVERTISEMENT The 18km category 3 Cote de Badaroux began less than 10km into the stage and proved to be a rude awakening for Cavendish and his plan to add another Tour stage win to his palmares. After crashing out of the 2014 race during the fist stage, Cavendish notched his 26th Tour win this year on the stage 7 run toFougres. The stage 15 route looked like a ripe opportunity to add another, but Cavendish had long since lost contact with the main group by the time Greipel, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) battled it out on the finishing straight. I felt empty at the start, Cavendish said. It's a shame because I was going good in the last couple of days. I had Mark Renshaw and Michal Golas with me, and we thought there was a chance we could come back. But once Katusha got on the front, and the TV cameras realize there's a chase happening and so go to the front of the peloton, you know it's going to be a long day for us guys behind. While Cavendish languished in the grupetto, his teammates Michal Kwiatkowski and Matteo Trentin infiltrated the nine-rider breakaway that held court until the peloton reeled them back to set up the bunch sprint. Trentin soloed away from the breakaway before it was caught, and he was soon joined by Cannondale-Garmin's Ryder Hesjedal. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Cavendish hoping for a sprint victory in Valence
July 20, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish, like all of his sprint rivals at the Tour de France, is tired after two intense weeks of racing but he is hoping for a shot at victory on Sundays stage to Valence. The 183km comes after two uphill finishes in Rodez and Mende and for the sprinters will fear like a welcome rain shower after two days in the French canicule. They will have to fight for a chance of success but they know it is the last stage with a flat finale before the final sage in Paris on Sunday July 26. All the other stages climb high and deep into the Alps, with lots of climbing before the finishes in Pra-Loup, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, La Toussuire and LAlpe dHuez. Cavendish tried to save his strength and energy in the Pyrenees during the stages across the south of France. He finished 147th, alongside his loyal leadout man Mark Renshaw in Mende, 17:14 behind fellow Briton Steve Cummings.ADVERTISEMENT I hope tomorrows a sprint finish but you never know, maybe Tinkoff will go full gas on the category two climb but its a long way from the finish. Whatever, its the same for everybody, Cavendish told Cyclingnews, referring to Tinkoff-Saxos daily aggression as they fight to help Peter Sagan score points for the green jersey completion and the Col de lEscrinet that comes 56km from the finish of the stage. Sundays stage begins in Mende and the riders face a climb out of the small town and probably an aggressive first hour of racing as riders try to get into the breakaway of the day. The 1223-metre Col de Bez and the Col de la Croix de Bauzon after 70km will also hurt but the stage route then drops into valley at Jaujac. The Col de lEscrinet is 7.9km long and climbs at 5.8%. Tinkoff-Saxo could drive the pace to spit out the sprinters, with a pursuit match and chase likely to last all the way to the finish in Valence. Cavendish has been enjoying daily ice-baths to help cool his body after racing in the high temperatures and also help limit the damage to his muscles. He is hoping to be at his best for the expected sprint in Valance. Its something we have at Etixx-QuickStep every night, to cool down. It helps he explained. Theres a lot of tired legs [in the peloton]. Im tired. Its not easy, you know, it was a hard first week. Theres a reason why the Classics are one-day races. To have them back to back is hard. Im not the only one who is tired, so Im not the one complaining. Everyone is tired. The weather doesnt help. These are not your normal transitional stages. Normally we go along the Riviera in the south; this year were going straight into the Massif Central. You can read more at More...
Tour de France podcast episode 8: Cavendish delivers stage 7 win
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 7 saw Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) get his first win at the Tour in two years, while the day provided a chance to relax for the peloton and the GC contenders as the sprinters' teams took control. MTN-Qhubeka's DanielTeklehaimanot made the day's breakaway again and added to his lead in the mountains classification before the peloton pulled him and his fellow escapees back into the fold. Andre Geipel led out the sprint, but Cavendish was able to surge past, followed by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). In the podcast, Cavendish talks about how he pulled it off and about the disappointment of losing Tony Martin in a stage 6 crash. Cyclingnews' European editor Barry Ryan and news editor Sadhbh O'Shea discuss what the win means for Cavendish and how it will affect the chase for the green jersey going forward. Froome talks about the pressure of having the yellow jersey back after Martin's abandon and what the coming days could bring for the general classification contenders, while Barry and Sadhbh discuss the favourites for Saturday's finish onMur de Bretagne.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here, and go here for our fullTour deFrance coverage. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Cavendish's timing was better than mine, says Greipel
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
For the first time at this years Tour de France, Andr Greipel (Lotto Soudal) found himself having to settle for second place after he was bested Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) in the bunch sprint to Fougres. Greipel has been far and away the strongest sprinter thus far but the German had to admit that he got it wrong. "I died too early. The timing of Cav was better than me," Greipel said after the stage. When the bunch split with just over a kilometre remaining Greipel - who lost one of his key lead-out men in Greg Henderson today due to injury " found himself isolated. The team regrouped, putting Greipel onto the back of the Katusha train and the Lotto Soudal rider kicked off the sprint as they approached the final corner. However, Cavendish was able to come up the inside and pip him on the line.ADVERTISEMENT "The team was again superb and Sieberg guided me perfectly into the last two kilometres. The sprint was initially ok, but in the end it was steeper than I thought, said Greipel. "So, I was a little dead and Cav was able to go over me. His timing was better, period. I have to be satisfied with second place." Fortunately for Greipel, he was able to hold off the late charge of Peter Sagan to keep hold of the green jersey. After failing to take a point on stage 6, and with Sagan taking back another point in the intermediate sprint, the gap between the two at the top of the standings was a slim two points. Had Sagan beaten him on the line, Greipel would have had to relinquish the jersey but he goes into the weekend marginally more comfortable 13 point lead. When Greipel came into the Tour de France he was adamant that he would not target the points classification, but after winning the sprint on day two the German has been very active in the intermediate sprints and hes fighting hard to keep it. You can read more at More...
Tour de France: Etixx director Tom Steels analyses Cavendish win
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
After the 26th Tour de France stage win from Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep sports director and trainer Tom Steels provided Cyclingnews with expert insight. The former Belgian top sprinter won nine Tour de France stages and is most famous for his bidon-throwing at the 1997 Tour. After the win from Cavendish in the stage from Livarot to Fougres, Steels analysed Cavendishs performance. He explained how the pressure was mounting on the shoulders of Cavendish and how the team prepared for the sprint. He is who he is. Hes one of the top sprinters. He can falter completely but if hes good, like today, then hes still the fastest, Steels said.ADVERTISEMENT Steels said he believes Cavendish was physically capable of dominating the sprint for a few more years although his mental status would be crucial. It was a classy win, Steels said. If I saw how he accelerates today in comparison with a top sprinter like Greipel, of whom we have to admit that hes in top form. We havent seen Greipel in peak form at the Tour before. Mark can go on like this for a couple of years, but its a mental game too. Sprinting is about remaining fresh mentally, Steels said. Physically he can keep up for several years. Its mostly about the pressure. Second place is never enough. If he can cope with that hes capable of sprinting for a few more years. You can read more at More...
Cavendish finds reason to smile as he opens Tour de France account
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
When you win, the world looks a rather different place. Following victory on stage 7 of the Tour de France in Fougres, his first of this race after two unsuccessful sprints, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) found mirth in unexpected places Post-stage press conferences at the Tour are held via a two-way video link, to spare the winner and yellow jersey a long trudge to the press room. From his vantage point in a mobile broadcast unit near the finish line, Cavendish performed a double take at the monitor in front of him at one point during his conference on Friday. "Is there a dude in the press room with socks on? Did I just see someone just in their socks?" Cavendish said, emitting a laugh that would not have been out at all of place in Tom Hulces portrayal of Mozart. "Yeah, there he is with his socks on."ADVERTISEMENT When unravelling the intricacies of a bunch finish, certainly, Cavendish operates on a different plane of understanding than just about everyone else. A reporter wondered what question he would most like to be asked, and it was perhaps telling that the Manxman offered his usual, forensic recap of the days bunch finish by way of response. After opening his sprint too early and fading at both Zeeland on stage 2 and Amiens on stage 5, Cavendish got his lines right on the slightly uphill finishing straight in Fougres, choosing the right time to swap Alexander Kristoffs wheel for that of his former teammate Andr Greipel. He came around Greipel inside the final 150 metres and then held him off for the win. "The last two sprints the team have done good, but Ive just kind of been too anxious, Ive gone too early," Cavendish said. "Thats the thing about the Tour: in another race where you maybe wait, in the Tour you have to hit out. In another race there are maybe one or two guys wholl come around you, in the Tour ten guys will come around you if you hesitate and then you lose the stage. Ive just been a bit over-anxious the last two times and todays been about not being impatient. You can read more at More...
Tour de France stage 7 quotes: Joy for Cavendish and Etixx-QuickStep
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish sprinted to his 26th Tour de France victory on stage 7, ending a two-year drought. For Etixx-QuickStep it is a third stage win in this year's Tour and comes after a bittersweet stage 6, which was won by Zdenek Stybar but which saw yellow jersey holder Tony Martin crash out with a broken collarbone. Cavendish started his sprint late and came from behind Andr Greipel, who had to settle for second after winning the two previous sprints in the race on stages 2 and 5. Whereas the flat stage revolved mostly around the fight for the yellow jersey, there was a fourth-category climb early on the parcours and Daniel Teklehaimanotgot himself in the break to extend his spell in the polka-dot jersey. After being the race leader on the road but not wearing yellow, Sky's Chris Froome will be back in the maillot jaune tomorrow.ADVERTISEMENT Patrick Lefevre, Etixx-QuickStep manager "Last night it was a mixture of happiness and sorrow. Today, it's only happiness. It's in no way a revenge. Only the media talked about revenge. Mark never had a revenge to take. He was always there. And we always knew we would be around him to support him until Paris." "For Mark, it's also a relief because he felt bad about what happened in Zealand and the criticism he received," Lefevre added,alluding to the events of stage 2, where Cavendish went too early and was called out for allowing Fabian Cancellara to take the yellow jersey instead of Tony Martin thanks to bonus seconds for third. You can read more at More...
Froome keeps out of trouble to lead Tour de France in week 1 (The Associated Press)
July 11, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Staying in front has meant staying out of trouble so far for Chris Froome at the Tour de France. ''Given what happened last year, it was a big goal for me mentally rather than physically to arrive with the attitude that I'm here to ride at the front of the race,'' Froome said after Friday's seventh stage. Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Friday for his 26th career Tour stage victory - his first since 2013 after also crashing out last year. More...
Cycling: Cavendish takes stage win at Tour de France
July 10, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
British rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Saturday for the 26th Tour de France stage victory of his career, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time.This time there... More...
Cycling-Cavendish back to winning ways on the Tour (Reuters)
July 10, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Writes through with quotes) By Julien Pretot FOUGERES, France, July 10 (Reuters) - Briton Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday for his 26th career win in cycling's greatest race. Cavendish perfectly timed his effort to leapfrog German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who finished second after winning two stages this year. Slovakian Peter Sagan finished third. More...

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