‘We wouldn't be here if we didn’t think it was possible to win’ - Mark Cavendish emotional for final Tour de France

Picture by Zac Williams/SWpix.com - 08/03/2024 - Cycling - 2024 Tirreno Adriatico - Stage 5 - Torricella Sicura to Valle Castellana - Mark Cavendish, Astana Qazaqstan.
Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) (Image credit: Zac Williams/SWpix.com)

Mark Cavendish was again emotional and reflective as the hours counted down to the start of what will be his final Tour de France and his final chance to win a 35th sprint stage.  

Last year in Bilbao, the 39-year-old Manxman believed the end of his career was near and wore his heart on his sleeve as the significance of retirement grew. Then the Astana Qazaqstan rider crashed out of the Tour, but quickly committed to racing on in 2024 and returning one last time to the Tour de France.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

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.