Mark Cavendish returns to Six Day London

The sprinting superstar will be making his track comeback

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mark Cavendish will make his return to the track at the Six Day London later this year.

Cavendish, the winner of 30 Tour de France stages, will join his long-standing rival Elia Viviani who will be racing the unique event for the first time.

Six Day fans will be delighted to see Cavendish return to the boards, after he paired with Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2016 edition of the Six Day London, the duo narrowly missing out on the win on the final day.

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Cavendish also raced in 2017 with fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh.

The 34-year-old said: “Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events and from experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world.

“It’s also a fantastic event for the crowd and the atmosphere is always amazing in the velodrome.”

Cavendish added: “I am pleased to see Elia Viviani named as a fellow rider at Phynova Six Day London, he is a quality athlete and we have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry so I’m sure we will give the fans something exciting to watch.”

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On the track, Cavendish has been a multiple world champion and won an Olympic silver medal in the Omnium in Rio in 2016, missing out to Viviani.

James Durbin, CEO of Madison Sports Group, promoter of the Six Day Series, said: “We are delighted to follow the announcement of Italian Olympic gold medallist Elia Viviani’s involvement in Six Day London with confirmation of one of Britain’s finest in Mark Cavendish.

"Cavendish is not only one of the greatest cyclists of all time, but also a favourite of the Phynova Six Day London crowd and we are thrilled he is coming back to take on the sport's in-form sprinter, Viviani in what will be mouth-watering clash."

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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 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.