Incoming Astana performance chief to replicate Quick-Step Mark Cavendish lead-out train

‘I’m very optimistic, I think it’s going to work’ Vasilis Anastopoulos on his new plans for Cavendish ahead of next year’s Tour de France record attempt

Mark Cavendish
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Vasilis Anastopoulos, the new head of performance at Astana Qazaqstan, has said that his main objective at his new team is to attempt to replicate the Quick-Step leadout train that he helped establish, and that brought Mark Cavendish so much success.

It was confirmed by his team on Wednesday that Cavendish is set to ride on for one final year as he looks to attempt to break the record for the most stage wins at the Tour de France. He is currently tied on 34 with Eddy Merckx.  

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