Mark Cavendish signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep for 2021 season

Barry Ryan
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 BahrainMcLarens British rider Mark Cavendish competes in the GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields one day cycling race 2325 km from Ypres to Wevelgem on October 11 2020 in  2020 in Ypres Photo by DIRK WAEM  BELGA  AFP  Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGAAFP via Getty Images
BahrainMcLarens British rider Mark Cavendish competes in the GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields one day cycling race 2325 km from Ypres to Wevelgem on October 11 2020 in 2020 in Ypres Photo by DIRK WAEM BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGAAFP via Getty Images

Mark Cavendish will remain in the professional peloton in 2021 after signing a contract with Deceuninck-QuickStep. He previously raced with Patrick Lefevere’s team from 2013 to 2015.

The 35-year-old spent the 2020 season with Bahrain-McLaren but expressed fears that his career was drawing to a close in an interview immediately after Gent-Wevelgem, and his contract with the team was not renewed.

On Saturday morning, however, Deceuninck-QuickStep announced that Cavendish will re-join the team for the 2021 season.

“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,” said Cavendish.

“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.”

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