After a slower that usual build up to this year’s racing season Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is starting to find his stride.
A tiring 2013 that included over 95 days of racing saw him start this year at a gentler pace but with stage wins in Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico he is starting to show glimmers of his top form. Now, on the eve of Milan-San Remo, the British sprinter finds himself as one of the pre-race favourites.
Improving form, coupled with a sprinter friendly race route after the exclusion of the Pompeiana climb, mean that Cavendish, who won this race in 2009, will line up as Omega Pharma QuickStep’s leader.
The loss of Tom Boonen from the squad due to personal reasons is certainly a loss but with a strong leadout and support from the likes of Matteo Trentin, Michal Kwiatkowski and Iljo Keisse, Omega Pharma-QuickStep will start with one of the most complete line-ups in the race.
inCycle spent time with Cavendish during the build up to this season and in this exclusive video interview they talk to the rider about his hunger to remain successful, as well as his 2013 season that yielded 19 wins, and his thoughts on a revamped leadout train that consists of former teammate Mark Renshaw and the experienced Alessandro Petacchi.
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