Mark Cavendish says rumours of race cancellations caused the tears at Gent-Wevelgem

The Manxman says there was talk before the start of Gent-Wevelgem that Schelderprijs may not happen, it then suddenly dawning on him that he could be about to race for the last time

Mark Cavendish at Schelderprijs 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Mark Cavendish has said rumours of the cancellation of Schelderprijs before the start of Gent-Wevelgem caused his outpouring of emotion after the finish.

The Manxman told reporters "that's perhaps the last race of my career" after spending the day in the breakaway at the one-day Classic, the 35-year-old very emotional and trying his best to keep it together.

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