While he was to join the team led by Jérôme Pineau for the 2023 season, Mark Cavendish could finally bounce back into the American formation Human Powered Health.
Has Mark Cavendish found a way out? Not retained by the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, the “Man of Man” was to be one of the headliners of the team led by Jérôme Pineau with the support of the City of Paris. However, after long weeks of waiting, this project ended up taking the water and the British champion finds himself without a solution late in the day. Indeed, most of the leading teams have already completed their workforce within the limit of 30 contracts imposed by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
This is in particular one of the reasons put forward by the Movistar formation to put an end to the rumor concerning it. One of the teams potentially with a spot for Mark Cavendish was Trek-Segafredo. However, in a statement to the specialized site Cyclingnews, his boss Luca Guercilena ruled out any desire to sign the Briton. ” We have decided to stay with 29 runners so, even if Mark Cavendish is a great athlete and certainly an interesting profile, we do not have room for him at the moment “, entrusted the latter.
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Cavendish, the key to the Tour de France?
Nevertheless, Mark Cavendish should take his place in the professional peloton in 2023. According to compatriot and close friend Peter Kennaugh, the Isle of Man native has “definitely signed a contract” with a team that could well be Human Powered Health. Registered in the second division by the UCI, the American formation would have already opened negotiations with the entourage of Mark Cavendishaccording to the Dutch site Cycling flash and would be ready to make the necessary financial efforts to allow the signing of the one who shares the record for stage victories in the Tour de France with Eddy Merckx.
The Grande Boucle would be the other motivation to attract the British sprinter. Indeed, while the 18 World Tour formations as well as the Lotto-Dstny and TotalEnergies teams are guaranteed to participate in the 2023 edition, two invitations will be at the discretion of the organizers et the leaders of the Human Powered Health team see the presence of Mark Cavendish in their workforce as a strong argument in their favor. Especially since the absence of another French formation in the second division opens the doors much more to the various candidates.