‘Felt like a pure bike racer again’ - Mark Cavendish delighted to race again with Deceuninck - Quick-Step, despite mechanical

The Belgian squad faced misfortune in Spain but still emerged with a podium 

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Mark Cavendish may have missed out on the chance to fight for victory in the Clásica de Almería, but the British sprinter still shared his delight after re-joining Deceuninck - Quick-Step.

Cavendish, 35, made his 2021 debut with his old team in the Spanish one-day race on Sunday (February 14), with fortunes turning against Deceuninck in the final. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.