Mark Cavendish sprints to his best result in years at GP Monsere

DOUR BELGIUM MARCH 02 Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 53rd Grand Prix Le Samyn 2021 Mens Elite a 2054km race from Quaregnon to Dour GPSamyn on March 02 2021 in Dour Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Mark Cavendish at 2021 Le Samyn in early March (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) secured his best result in years with second place in the Grote prijs Jean - Pierre Monseré. The former road world champion was caught out when Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) launched a long-range sprint with around 150m to go, but the 35-year-old had enough speed to hold off the rest of the peloton and secure a spot on the podium. Merlier would take the win in Roeselare.

“I’m a little bit disappointed. I felt it and I felt good," Cavendish told EuroSport TV after the race. "We were going good. The team controlled it in the end. We got sandwiched but honestly Merlier was really clever. When he saw that he launched it dead quick. What can you do? When you’re that smart and that quick and think that much on your feet in a bike race then you deserve the win.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at 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.