Mark Cavendish: ‘I’ve had my best racing month for a long time in Belgium’ 

The British sprinting star says he wants to continue his career for a few more seasons 

Mark Cavendish at Schelderprijs 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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Mark Cavendish said he’s had his best racing month for a long time during his spell in the Belgian Classics. 

The Bahrain-McLaren rider said he wants to continue his career for a few more seasons, after enjoying his time on the cobbles.

Cavendish’s contract ends in 2020 and he’s unsure if he will have a ride for next season, as talks with his team were ongoing. 

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad (opens in new tab), Cavendish said: “ With all these Belgian races I have had my best racing month for a long time. ” 

“This is real cycling, as I learned it on the Isle of Man. Without power meters, but great bang. I hope to do that for a few more seasons. I first wanted to wait for the end of this season before thinking about the future.”

Cavendish had been racing the Classics block in Belgium in recent weeks through a lot of uncertainty for the Manxman.

The 35-year-old has been in talks with his Bahrain-McLaren team for a new contract beyond 2020, while the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of some Classics.

But despite fearing Ghent-Wevelgem may have been the last race of his career, Cavendish returned to the cobbled roads of Belgium for the Tour of Flanders and Three Days of De Panne last weekend, having last raced the event in 2011.  

Cavendish came out of the Belgian racing block with no notable results, pulling out of the Tour of Flanders and the Three Days of De Panne before the finish, but he was active throughout the stretch, jumping into breakaways and racing aggressively. 

He ended his season at De Panne and we now await news on his contract negotiations. 

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Cavendish’s former team boss Patrick Lefevere said he has considered re-signing the sprinter for Deceuninck - Quick-Step. 

Lefevere said Cavendish, who rode for Deceuninck from 2013 to 2015, said: “Right now my heart says yes, but my mind says no.”   

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for 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.