Lefevere: Mark Cavendish gave the best response and let his pedals do the talking

Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Turkey 2021 stage 2
Mark Cavendish gets first win in three years at Tour of Turkey 2021 stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Last autumn, it looked as though Mark Cavendish’s WorldTour career was all but over. The British rider had failed to secure a second year at Bahrain McLaren, and with few opportunities to race after the COVID-19 lockdown, a once-feared but now tearful sprinter appeared on television at the end of Gent-Wevelgem to admit that his future was in serious doubt. 

Step forward Patrick Lefevere, with the Deceuninck-QuickStep team boss offering his former rider a rescue package that involved a one-year deal and the chance to bow out of the sport as a 30-time Tour de France stage winner.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.