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Mark Cavendish inches closer to becoming a Man in Glaz

Mark Cavendish inches closer to becoming a Man in Glaz

Mark Cavendish remains the highest-profile rider without a contract for 2023 but a deal with B&B Hotels – KTM appears to be creeping ever closer.…

Tuesday, Oct 18

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Mark Cavendish remains the highest-profile rider without a contract for 2023 but a deal with B&B Hotels – KTM appears to be creeping ever closer.

Rumours have long swirled that Jérôme Pineau’s ProTeam squad would be the new home of the British sprinter but the latest whispers from the Dutchmen over at Wielerflits appears conclusive: B&B Hotels’ squad recently got together to try on next year’s kit, AND Mark Cavendish was present.

It appears the t’s have been crossed and the i’s dotted on a contract for Cavendish to continue racing into next year, with Ouest France also reporting that it will be a 1-year deal with an option for a second year that would see the Manxman riding professionally until he’s at least 39 years old.

Cavendish’s signature would all but guarantee B&B Hotels a place on the start line of next year’s Tour de France, which will become increasingly competitive as the relegated Israel-Premier Tech hope Chris Froome’s name alone can see them invited for the Grand Départ in Bilbao in light their loss of an automatic invite.

Questions have been asked as to whether B&B Hotels have the squad to support a sprinter of Cavendish’s stature, but Ouest France also suggests Ramon Sinkeldam and Max Richeze are inbound to bolster the squad’s lead-out capabilities, while sprinter Cees Bol could also arrive from DSM.

To finance this, Pineau is set to receive fresh funds. The supermarket chain Carrefour was believed to be the identity of the new major title sponsor but Wielerflits […]

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