Mark Cavendish photographed showing off his new Wilier Filante SLR team bike in Calpe

Manxman testing new team equipment in advance of his Astana debut in mid-February

Mark Cavendish on his Astana Wilier Filante SLR
(Image credit: Wilier)

This week Mark Cavendish has officially been unveiled as an Astana-Qazaqstan rider. We also know that the British national champion is going to start his season at the Tour of Oman in mid-February, a race where in the past he has won two stage across four appearances. 

He will then head to the UAE Tour, where he has one previous stage win in three appearances.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.