Mark Cavendish insists Chris Froome should not be written off despite Tour de France struggles

British Mark Cavendish of Deceuninck QuickStep pictured during the first rest day during the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1449km from Cluses to Tignes France Monday 05 July 2021 This years Tour de France takes place from 26 June to 18 July 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is all smiles during the first rest day at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Mark Cavendish finished alone and outside the time limit at La Rosière on the 2018 Tour de France, the occasion had a valedictory feel. The Manxman knew long before the finish line that he would not make the cut, and his old master Rod Ellingworth was among those to make a point of waiting by the finish line to see what many suspected might be his final act in the race that made his name.

On Sunday afternoon at Tignes, Cavendish faced a similar battle to stay within the time limit in the Alps, but his comeback to the Tour this year has struck a very different tone.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.