Mark Cavendish has played down talk of riding the Tour de France after taking an impressive win for Deceuninck-QuickStep at the Baloise Belgium Tour.
There has been fevered, widespread speculation about the Manxman’s chances of being selected for Le Tour since Sam Bennett withdrew from the Belgian race with a hand injury.
The comments were made in a post-race press conference where the Manx Missile outsprinted a very good field to take his fifth victory of the season.
When asked if he had designs on a place in Deceuninck’s Tour squad, Cavendish was eager to play down the hype.
“We have the current green jersey winner in Sam Bennett, I think it’s right to see how he’s going before we think of anything else.”
Cavendish was drafted into the Baloise Belgium Tour late, after Bennett’s hand injury ruled the Irishman out of the event.
The alluring thing about the ‘Cav to the Tour’ hype is the romantic narrative behind it. Everybody loves a comeback, and there are few riders in pro cycling that can boast a bigger base of genuine fans than Cavendish. Indeed, perhaps only Peter Sagan engenders more loyalty and devotion than the Manx Missile. A comeback at the biggest race in the world, for one of its biggest stars? The drama of it all is almost too appealing to resist.While the comments he made after the Belgium Tour are a far cry from being an explicit demand to be selected, his words do hint at a willingness to race Le Tour if […]