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Who Can Actually Lead-Out Mark Cavendish at Astana?

Who Can Actually Lead-Out Mark Cavendish at Astana?

Picture by SWpix.com – 10/09/2021 – Cycling – AJ Bell Tour of Britain Stage 6 – Carlisle to Gateshead, England – Deceuninck Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish.…

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Picture by SWpix.com – 10/09/2021 – Cycling – AJ Bell Tour of Britain Stage 6 – Carlisle to Gateshead, England – Deceuninck Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish. After the B&B Hotels team completely collapsed late in this off-season, Mark Cavendish was left with few options in his search for a new team. Unexpectedly, the Manx Missile has joined Astana Qazaqstan, a team which, up until a few weeks ago did not have have space left on its roster. However after sacking Miguel Angel Lopez a roster spot opened up as well as his presumedly handsome salary off their books for 2023 too. Good news for Cavendish’ wallet as well as for fans hoping to see him back at the Tour de France. A big question mark is how will he actually fare at Astana, a team which has historically not focussed on sprinting. A Shallow Sprint History

Looking through Astana’s history, there has not been a sprinter who has won multiple World Tour sprints for them in a single season. Andrea Guardiani (2013-2016) might be the best pure sprinter in Astana’s history, winning 19 races across that period but with only a single World-Tour sprint victory (Eneco Tour 2014 Stage 1). Guardini was a Tour de Langkawi specialist, as he won 11 stages there for Astana and 24 total Langkawi sprints in his career. Allan Davis (2010), Magnus Cort (2018-2019), Davide Ballerini (2019) and Alex Aranburu (2020-2021) might be other notable sprinters but they were better from reduced bunches rather than […]

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