Sprinter having won the most victories in the history of the Tour de France, the Briton Mark Cavendish (36) will make his return to the Grande Boucle on Saturday after three years of absence. Julian Alaphilippe is also present in the selection of Deceuninck-Quick Step, but not Rémi Cavagna.
The Isle of Man man is back. Three years after his last participation in the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish, sprinter with 30 stage victories in the event (only Eddy Merckx did better), will start the 2021 edition next Saturday in Brest. His presence was formalized on Monday by his team, Deceuninck-Quick Step.
Unthinkable a few months ago, the arrival of the Briton (36 years old) was made possible by the forfeit of the number 1 sprinter Sam Bennett, green jersey in 2020 but hit to a knee, and by the return to favor of the “Cav” . While remaining on 1159 days without a win, and had considered retiring, Cavendish again raised his arms on the Tour of Turkey on April 12, then won three more stages in the following days, and one more success. June 13 on the Tour de Belgique, ahead of Tim Merlier, Pascal Ackermann, Dylan Groenewegen, Nacer Bouhanni or Caleb Ewan.
“Happy to come back to a race with which I have such an affinity”
“Who would have thought that, eh? What a huge honor!”, Rejoiced on Monday the person on social networks.
And to say more in a press release from his team: “I am delighted to return to the Tour de France with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Obviously the circumstances with Sam could be better – he had a special Tour in the year last and I am sad that he cannot defend his green jersey. But at the same time, I am happy to come back to a race with which I have such an affinity, where I have so many memories. biggest cycling race in the world and I will do everything to seize this opportunity. “
On the French side, Julian Alaphilippe will also be well at the start, with his beautiful world champion’s jersey on his shoulders. Victorious Sunday of the online event of the French championship, Rémi Cavagna will however not be present. The “Clermont-Ferrand TGV” had no plans to participate in the Tour this year, and its program was not reviewed after its national title.