Mark Cavendish: it was either Patrick Lefevere and Deceuninck-QuickStep or I stopped racing

CARCASSONNE FRANCE JULY 09 Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey celebrates at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 13 a 2199km stage from Nmes to Carcassonne LeTour TDF2021 on July 09 2021 in Carcassonne France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
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Mark Cavendish has revealed that he would have retired from professional cycling at the end of 2020 had he not secured a one-year deal with Deceuninck-QuickStep. In an excerpt from Cavendish’s latest autobiography, published in The Times this weekend, he also talks about Rod Ellingworth and how his former team boss had stopped believing in him after a disappointing 2020. 

The sprinter also hints at the poor relationship he had with Doug Ryder by stating that: “A 2017 season wiped out by Epstein-Barr virus, the realization in 2018 that I’d never been given time to recover, a team manager I despised, clinical depression — a straight-from-the-cookbook, easy-to-follow recipe for total disintegration.”

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