April 20, 2024

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Mark Cavendish Extends His Career by ‘One More Year’ as He Renews Contract with Astana-Qazaqstan

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Despite announcing his retirement from road cycling in May, the 38-year-old has inked a one-year deal with his Astana-Qazaqstan squad. This decision opens up an opportunity for the sprinter to once more pursue the record for the most Tour de France stage wins, a record he currently shares with the legendary Belgian cyclist, Eddy Merckx, at 34 victories.

“I love riding my bike,” he said. “I spoke to the kids; they said carry on.”

Cavendish added in a video on his team’s social media: “So here we are – just one more year.”

The 2024 Tour de France begins in Florence on 29 June, but Cavendish will race the whole season for Astana.

Cavendish was forced out of this year’s race on stage eight by a crash in which he sustained a broken collarbone.

“Obviously it wasn’t the finish I hoped for, crashing at the Tour de France, but it is what it is,” he said.

“We grew incredibly as a team at Astana – it felt like a real family. So much so, the first thing Vino [team boss Alexander Vinokourov] said when I crashed was: ‘Why don’t you do another year?’

Mark Cavendish Extends His Career by ‘One More Year’ as He Renews Contract with Astana-Qazaqstan

“I initially said, ‘No, no.’ It wasn’t just about recovering from a collarbone injury; there was another injury to contend with. I had mentally prepared myself for retirement.

I had found inner peace with that decision, but as the summer went on, and I continued to ride, I rediscovered my deep passion for cycling.”

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