Greipel gives Cavendish backing for Tour de France sprinter spot: 'I wouldn't think it smart not to take him'

The discussion over which sprinter will receive Quick-Step's backing is set to annoy both riders right up until the start of this summer's Tour

Mark Cavendish
(Image credit: Getty)

André Greipel has given his former rival Mark Cavendish his backing to be Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl's designated sprinter for this summer's Tour de France.

Even before the flag dropped of the first race of this season, both Cavendish and his colleague Fabio Jakobsen, who are both vying for the coveted spot, have faced endless questions about whether they will ride the 2022 French Grand Tour, a question that will no doubt annoy the both of them right up until the Grand Départ in Copenhagen.

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