Mark Cavendish broke his collarbone on stage eight of this 12 months’s Tour de France, when looking for a record-breaking thirty fifth stage win; the 38-year-old had supposed to retire this winter however his Astana-Qazaqstan group have posted clips of him on social media with the caption, “It isn’t over but”
Final Up to date: 04/10/23 9:53am
Britain’s Mark Cavendish has determined to delay his retirement plans
Mark Cavendish will postpone his retirement plans to race on in 2024 and goal a record-breaking thirty fifth Tour de France stage win.
The 38-year-old had beforehand introduced in the course of the Giro d’Italia in Might that he supposed to finish his glittering profession this winter. On Wednesday, the group issued a social media publish exhibiting video clips of Cavendish on the Tour, saying “It isn’t over but”.
Cavendish went into this summer time’s Tour looking for the stage win that will transfer him away from Eddy Merckx after he equalled the Belgian on 34 stage wins in 2021.
However a day after coming just some metres in need of victory in Bordeaux, hampered by a mechanical problem within the finale, Cavendish crashed on stage eight and suffered a damaged collarbone to finish his race and his Tour.
Mark Cavendish broke his collarbone after crashing in the course of the eighth stage of the this 12 months’s Tour de France
Hypothesis that he would possibly race on has swirled ever since, fuelled by his Astana-Qazaqstan group boss Alexander Vinokourov saying he was desirous to retain his providers for an additional season.
The group plan to publish extra particulars relating to Cavendish’s plans afterward Wednesday.
Cavendish has not raced since his crash on the Tour however is anticipated to line up on the Tour of Turkey which begins on October 8.
Cavendish joined the Astana group in 2023 after a deliberate transfer to B&B Accommodations collapsed, and took victory on the ultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia in Might, days after saying his retirement plans.
Though he has stayed silent on his future plans, the Astana group have continued to construct a lead-out practice to help his sprinting ambitions, signing Max Kanter and Davide Ballerini. They’ve additionally been linked with Michael Morkov, who helped Cavendish win 4 phases of the Tour in 2021.
That was the 12 months that Cavendish defied the chances to maneuver degree with Merckx’s file, having solely joined what was then the Deceuninck-QuickStep group on a short-term minimal wage deal after being left with out a contract going into the season, fearing his profession was over.
However when an harm to Sam Bennett dominated the Irishman out of the Tour, Cavendish seized the possibility to roll again the years with a outstanding sporting comeback, successful phases 4, six, 10 and 13.
They have been his first stage wins on the Tour since 2016, and accomplished an extended comeback from a battle with the Epstein-Barr virus and a subsequent prognosis of scientific melancholy.