Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish has said he has had no contract talks about the 2022 season and that he is now focusing on time with his family.
Cavendish was the comeback story of the Tour as he went from being nowhere near the squad to becoming the key figure, securing four stage wins on his way to the points crown, his first green jersey since 2011.
In the process he drew level with the legendary Eddy Merckx on 34 stage wins at the Tour, although he was denied a record-breaking 35th win on the final stage by Wout van Aert.
It has led to speculation that he will postpone any thoughts of retirement and look to find a ride for 2022 that puts him in the best position to break Merckx’s record.
However, speaking after the Roeselare Criterium, which took place in the hometown of Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere and close to the team’s service course, Cavendish said he hasn’t had any talks yet.
"I haven’t seen Patrick yet. I just got back from Paris, so I haven’t talked about my future within the team yet. I want to enjoy today," the 36-year-old said.
"After arriving in Paris, we had a small party. You can’t plan or do anything big in these corona times, but everyone on the team was there, so we had a ‘bubble party’ in which we discussed our Tour de France again."I’m going to make some time for my family now. I missed my wife and children. […]