Mark Cavendish to steer QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl at Giro d’Italia, however transfer means he may miss Tour de France

Mark Cavendish received 4 levels of final yr’s Tour de France to maneuver degree with Eddy Merckx’s all-time report of 34; he will likely be using within the Giro d’Italia for the primary time since 2013 when he received the factors classification

Final Up to date: 02/05/22 5:34pm

Mark Cavendish has been named as QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl’s group chief for the Giro d’Italia

Mark Cavendish has been confirmed to steer the QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl squad on the Giro d’Italia from Friday in a transfer which suggests he may miss this summer season’s Tour de France.

Cavendish, who turns 37 this month, received 4 levels on the Tour final yr to maneuver degree with Eddy Merckx’s all-time report of 34 stage victories, however even after he signed a one-year contract extension to proceed his profession it was clear he would face competitors to return to the race this season.

QuickStep’s different major sprinter, Fabio Jakobsen, is anticipated to focus on the Tour, though it’s price noting Cavendish was not in line to race in France final summer season however made essentially the most of a possibility handed to him when then team-mate Sam Bennett succumbed to a knee harm.

“We go to the Giro d’Italia with plenty of motivation,” QuickStep sports activities director Davide Bramati mentioned. “We have now a very good group in the beginning, with Mark as our man for the flat.

“He has received plenty of levels on the Giro, and he can depend on many robust riders to assist and information him within the hectic bunch sprints. For the opposite levels, we’ll simply take it someday at a time, combat for each alternative and see what we are able to do.”

Cavendish has largely refused to reply questions relating to Tour choice this season, though it appears sure he’ll face extra of them when he addresses the media on Wednesday to preview the Giro, which begins in Budapest on Friday.

This would be the first time Cavendish has raced the Italian Grand Tour since 2013, though he has a proud report within the Giro too, having received 15 levels within the 5 editions he has raced, profitable the factors classification in 2013 and sporting the chief’s pink jersey for a complete of 4 days.

Mark Cavendish won four stages of last year's Tour de France

Mark Cavendish received 4 levels of final yr’s Tour de France

Cavendish could have a robust assist squad with him in Italy, together with his skilled lead-out man Michael Morkov and fellow Brit James Knox.

In the meantime, Simon Yates will lead the Crew BikeExchange-Jayco squad concentrating on the overall classification in Italy, aiming to construct on his third place total final season.

The 29-year-old, winner of the Vuelta a Espana in 2018, is making the Giro his major goal for a fifth consecutive yr earlier than an anticipated change of focus subsequent yr.

On the again of profitable two levels on the Vuelta Asturias this weekend, Yates heads to Budapest for the ‘Grande Partenza’ in assured temper.

Simon Yates is aiming for general classification glory at this year's Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates is aiming for normal classification glory at this yr’s Giro d’Italia

“I nonetheless have recollections of the good celebrations on the rostrum in Milan final yr, and it would not be unhealthy to re-live the identical feelings once more,” Yates mentioned.

“Successful in a approach just isn’t the top end result. I wish to go there in my finest situation and do the perfect end result attainable.

“If I do not win then, then that is okay as a result of any individual is best than me. If I am going there and I’m not on the degree required, then that may be a failure for me.”

Fellow Brits Ben Swift, Ben Tulett, (each Ineos Grenadiers) and Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech) have been confirmed to start out the race whereas Hugh Carthy, Simon Carr, Owain Doull (all EF Training-EasyPost) and Matt Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) are anticipated to be in when their groups announce the line-ups.

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