British sprinter Mark Cavendish is struggling to maintain a career in the WorldTour arena. After two years struggling with the Epstein-Barr virus, he hopes to shine again from 2020. Although not yet officially announced, he has reportedly signed a one-year contract with Bahrain-Merida.
If he is able to shine, then he might be able to extend his career by several years. If not, you could say 2020 is the last season of the 34-year-old racer.
In his career, Cavendish will certainly be listed as one of the greatest sprints in history. He has won a total of 30 stages on the Tour de France, only four fewer than the record held by Eddy Merckx. He has also won many other prestigious competitions, both on the streets and velodrome.
However, the last four years at Dimension Data have produced few results. Especially since the last two years he was sick, aftermath last July he was not included roster who competed on the Tour de France.
Cavendish resumed racing on the Tour of Britain a few weeks ago. Although he did not win, he felt his condition had improved. Ready to be rebuilt for 2020 and beyond.
Bahrain-Merida wants to open the road because the team has a new boss, Rod Ellingworth. He was the leader of Team Sky, when Cavendish was still with the team in 2012. Ellingworth also had a big role in the English national team, so he and Cavendish had a closer relationship.
Reportedly, with a one-year contract, Cavendish has two specific targets. Namely adding to the collection of victories on the Tour de France, plus won a medal at the Tokyo Olympics (at the velodrome).
Cavendish is well aware that 2020 is a year of “life and death.”
“I am nearing the end, where we know more team leaders and staff than fellow racers,” he said, as reported by Cyclingnews.
Concerning performance, Cavendish is still very confident. “I know why I can’t perform. And I know I can perform. If I don’t know how to win, I better stop now. I knew why I could not win, and I knew I would win again. Because of that I still want to appear, “he said.
Next year, as a new challenge, Cavendish will have to try to win with a new lineup. During this time, almost wherever he goes, there are always two “pullers” accompany. Namely Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel. At the end of 2019, both of them have declared retirement.
Only Cavendish, whether to retire next year or still be able to extend his career. So far, many of his generation’s sprinters have retired. Finally, Andre Greipel, who has just broken his contract with Arkea-Samsic, will most likely also hang a bicycle.