In an exciting turn of events, Mark Cavendish will be leading his team Quick-Step AlphaVinyl into the Flemish Classics this coming Wednesday. What will be the role of the Manxman though? He will be the team’s protected Sprinter for Classic Brugge-De Panne. This is indeed exciting, as he was not asked for Milan-San Remo, seems like the team will not be making that mistake again.
This is both exciting and surprising as Fabio Jakobsen was the favored one for these kinds of cobbled races, but since he got called up for Milan-San Remo last weekend, we will be seeing Cavendish at the forefront for the Flemish Classics.
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This will be a race event on home soil thus it holds a very important place in the future of the Belgian Team. Since Mark Cavendish will be leading the event, the probability of success is very high, and if he wins on Wednesday, the big question on everyone’s mind will be whom to select for Gent-Wevelgem this Sunday?
Although Cavendish conquered Milano-Torino he was not considered for Milan-San Remo. This time, things will be very different for the Manxman. The Classic Brugge-De Panne is a one-day race, expanded over flat terrain, let’s see how it goes.
QuickStep AlphaVinyl Director Tom Steels stated:
De Panne is flat, but by no means an easy race. We have several laps to tackle and we will go through De Moeren, always known for the crosswinds that can bring chaos in the peloton. It remains to be seen if it will happen also on Wednesday, but at the moment this scenario doesn’t look likely.
We are sending to the start a solid and determined team capable of controlling the race, and if it comes down to a bunch sprint, Mark has several guys he can rely on to be up there and go for another good result.
Cavendish will not be alone for the Flemish Classics though, he will be accompanied by Michael Morkov. Morkov also helped out Cavendish during Milano-Torino where he emerged victoriously. Stay tuned for more updates!
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