Mark Cavendish set to reunite with Quick-Step coach for final pro season in 2024

Vasilis Anastopoulos expected to imminently join Astana Qazaqstan along with Michael Mørkøv from Soudal Quick-Step

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish is set to be reunited with his former coach, Vasilis Anastopoulos, who worked with the Manxman at Soudal Quick-Step for his final pro season at Astana Qazaqstan.

According to Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazetta dello Sport who first broke the story, Anastopoulos is expected to leave the Belgian team to join Cavendish at Astana.

Cycling Weekly has since had confirmation from Soudal Quick-Step that Anastopoulos is set to leave the team.

Another source with knowledge of the situation has also confirmed that the 47-year-old will join Astana Qazaqstan next year.  

On Tuesday afternoon it was reported that Cavendish had reached an agreement with Astana boss Alexander Vinokourov to continue racing in 2024.

Anastopoulos’ imminent arrival at Vinokourov’s team all but confirms that Cavendish will postpone retirement for another year and race on.

The Greek ex-pro turned coach was instrumental in getting Cavendish back to winning ways in 2021, when he won four stages of the Tour de France.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

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