Mark Cavendish a long shot to replace injured Sam Bennett in the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Partrick Lefevere has revealed that Sam Bennett’s knee problem could mean he misses the Tour de France, with Mark Cavendish unlikely to replace him unless a new, better paid, contract can be agreed for the rest of the season and for 2022. 

World Champion Julian Alaphilippe will have the freedom to ride aggressively at the Tour de France with a large block of the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad built around helping Bennett in the sprints with the aim to repeat last year's two stage wins and victory in the green jersey competition.

However, Bennett was forced to miss the Baloise Belgium Tour and Lefevere is concerned that the Irishman will not recover in time for the start of the Tour de France on June 26. Bennett is expected to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep at the end of the season but was named as the team’s sprinter for the Tour.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.