Mark Cavendish's Tour de France Quest Continues in 2024


Mark Cavendish's Tour de France Quest Continues in 2024
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In a surprising twist, Mark Cavendish, renowned British cyclist, has chosen to prolong his impressive career, signing on with Astana Qazaqstan for the 2024 season. His sights are firmly set on achieving a record 35th stage win at the revered Tour de France.

Earlier this year, during the Giro d'Italia, Cavendish hinted at winding down his successful journey in professional cycling. However, fans and the cycling community were thrilled when Astana Qazaqstan heralded his return via social media. Their announcement, adorned with clips of the cyclist's journey and the iconic Tour de France, emphatically stated, "It's not over yet."

Recalling his conversations post his injury at this year's Tour, Cavendish reflected, "I spoke to my children, asking what should dad do next? Their reply was simple: 'Carry on.' And here I am, ready for another year of intense competition." He candidly expressed his mixed feelings about retiring and the allure of the sport, emphasizing the camaraderie within his team. Astana's support became evident when, after his unfortunate crash in France, team lead Alexander Vinokourov promptly suggested an extension.

Astana Bolsters Squad for 2024

Astana's commitment to Cavendish's goals isn’t merely verbal. Actions speak louder, with the team actively scouting and recruiting to strengthen their lead-out train. Recent additions include Max Kanter from Movistar and Davide Ballerini from Soudal-QuickStep. Speculation also surrounds the potential acquisition of Michael Mørkøv, a top lead-out globally, from QuickStep.

Vinokourov, commenting on the team's plans, said, "Mark's determination and passion for the sport are unmatched. We're gearing up for 2024, focusing on strengthening the team and making strategic changes. The goal is not just about one record but establishing a legacy."

As the anticipation builds, it's evident that Cavendish, backed by a reinvigorated Astana Qazaqstan, is on a mission. The Tour de France 2024 promises to be a historic event, with Cavendish eyeing that illustrious 35th stage win. Only time will reveal if this cycling legend can turn this ambitious goal into reality.

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