Patrick Lefevere has said the team will likely favour Fabio Jakobsen in the sprints
Quickstep Alpha-Vinyl boss, Patrick Lefevere, has unveiled his plans for selecting the team’s final line up for this year’s Tour de France in July, with Manxman Mark Cavendish a notable exclusion.
The Belgian revealed his early-thinking in his Het-Nieuwsblad column – confirming that the team’s initial long list would soon be shortened after the Tour de Suisse reaches its conclusion.
Lefevere wrote that Fabio Jakobsen will be the team’s choice sprinter, Julian Alaphilippe will be selected if he is fit, and that Kasper Asgreen will be included and will target the opening time trial.
It’s unlikely that Quickstep would field two sprinters, so the news seemingly confirms that Cavendish will be sitting out of the Tour de France – a conclusion that’s been expected since the team’s pre season training camp .
Speaking in a press conference at the training camp earlier this year, Jakobsen said: “[Cavendish] knows that the Tour is my goal and that he will ride the Giro himself,” whilst Cav told added: “I’m a professional so I’ll try and win where I can and where’s best for the team."
If Cavendish does not ride the Tour, it would deny the 37-year-old the chance to surpass Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 wins at the 2022 race, a count he equaled last summer . Lefevere made clear that despite not being first choice again this year, Cavendish was fully behind the team’s cause and will be ready and prepared […]