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Mark Cavendish delays contract talks to ride and ‘win’ Roeselare Criterium

Mark Cavendish delays contract talks to ride and 'win' Roeselare Criterium

After a Tour de France performance that surpassed all expectations, speculation surrounding Mark Cavendish ‘s future has begun to swirl but the Manxman delayed those…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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After a Tour de France performance that surpassed all expectations, speculation surrounding Mark Cavendish ‘s future has begun to swirl but the Manxman delayed those thoughts to put his green jersey back on in Belgium.

Cavendish ‘won’ the Roeselare Criterium on Tuesday, once again ‘beating’ Jasper Philipsen and teammate Tim Merlier, who were wearing the special-edition purple and amber Alpecin-Fenix kit seen on the opening stage of the Tour de France.

The post-Tour criterium circuit represents a lucrative earning opportunity for those who have been in the spotlight at the Tour de France, with appearance fees for lap-based races that are largely fixed in advance.

The schedule has been ravaged by the pandemic in the last two years, but the Roeselare Criterium still went ahead on Tuesday, the only one in Belgium to do so.

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"Racing in Belgium is always special and today will be no different," Cavendish said, according to Het Nieuwsblad .

Roeselare is the hometown of Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere, and a stone’s throw from the team’s service course, which could lead to discussions about what happens next.According to Philipsen, Cavendish suggested he might retire if he won the final stage of the Tour on the Champs-Elysées and claimed a record-breaking 35th stage win. However, he had to content himself with four for the Tour […]

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