Mark Cavendish returns to one-day races Scheldeprijs and Ghent-Wevelgem 

The Brit hasn’t raced either event since 2016

Mark Cavendish (Yuzuru Sunada/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images)
(Image credit: BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish will be making his return to Belgian one-day races Scheldeprijs and Ghent-Wevelgem next week.

The British sprinter hasn’t raced in either event since 2016, but he has had some great success in Belgium in previous years.

Cavendish has previously won Scheldeprijs, traditionally dominated by the sprinters, on three previous occasions, but he has yet to break into the top-10 of Ghent-Wevelgem. 

Sports director Tristan Hoffman said: “Our line-up will include a mix of sprinters and Classic men.”

On Ghent-Wevelgem, scheduled for October 11, Hoffman added: “We have three riders that can make the difference there: Sonny Colbrelli, Dylan Teuns and Ivan Cortina.  

“They’ll get the protection at any time during the race, that is a typical Classic one. The course heads to the coast and then back inland, with the risk of crosswind and backwind that split the group. Kemmelberg is a key point in the race and gravel zones will put extra stress on the riders. We expect the peloton will reduce and we will try to have our guys there, fighting in a select group in the finale.”

Scheldeprijs will take place on October 14 with route redesigned due to coronavirus restrictions, now featuring 10 laps of a 17.4km-long finishing circuit in Schoten. 

Hoffman said: “It will make it, even more, a sprinters race.

“We will race there with Mark Cavendish who has been very successful there.” 

Cavendish made his Scheldeprijs debut in 2007, winning at his first attempt. He followed up with victories in 2008 and 2011, then finishing second in 2013 and 2016.

>>> Ghent-Wevelgem 2020 start lists 

Scheldeprijs has been dominated by the sprinters, with Marcel Kittel winning five out of six editions between 2012 and 2017, while the last two years it have been won by Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), who is still out due to injury. 

Cavendish has ridden Ghent-Wevelgem on six occasions, the first of which was in 2008, but his best result is 17th on his debut.  

Bahrain-McLaren squad for Ghent-Wevelgem 2020

Mark Cavendish

Sonny Colbrelli

Ivan Cortina

Marco Haller

Marcel Sieberg

Dylan Teuns

Fred Wright 

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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 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.