The best sprinter of all time will be with the Wolfpack in 2021.
One of the most decorated riders in history, Mark Cavendish is returning to Deceuninck – Quick-Step after five years. Part of the team between 2013 and 2015, when he contributed to the squad’s extraordinary legacy with 44 victories, eight of which came in Grand Tour stages, the Manxman has agreed to sport the new kit of the team, which will be revealed in a couple of days, throughout the 2021 season.
A professional since 2007, Cavendish has left a truly indelible mark on cycling in the past 15 years, winning close to 150 races on the road while in the pro ranks. Of these, 48 were achieved in the Grand Tours, where the 35-year-old has managed to become one of the few riders in history to win all three points jerseys. The 2011 World Championships, 2009 Milano-Sanremo, and two wins in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne are some of the many other dazzling highlights of a remarkable career that the Brit will continue together with the Wolfpack.
“I can’t explain how delighted I am to be joining Deceuninck – Quick-Step. I have never hidden my affection for my time with the team and to me this genuinely feels like I am coming home. As well as the incredible group of riders, I can’t wait to start working again with the staff, most of which were here during my first spell and were part of one of the most successful periods of my career, an era that I am immensely proud of. Even with an extremely difficult and disrupted season this year, they have shown how strong and unified they are and I am hoping to add to even more. I can’t wait to be back in the Wolfpack”, said Mark Cavendish.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere is delighted to have the former World Champion, whose career also counts several world titles on the track, back in the team: “Us and Mark share many beautiful memories and have a history that goes a long way back. During his three-year spell with the team, he didn’t just claim dozens of victories for the team, he showed amazing panache and what an incredibly dedicated team player he is. We are happy to have him return to our family, as he is a leader and brings across a wealth of experience that he can share with our young riders, but at the same time we are confident he still has something to give to the team.”
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