Astana Qazaqstan are able to construct a brand new and stronger dash leadout for Mark Cavendish if he decides to race on, with staff supervisor Alexander Vinokourov able to “discover a resolution” and draw up a brand new contract for 2024.
Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France throughout stage 8, fracturing his collarbone. He has undergone surgical procedure however will want a number of weeks to get better and start coaching on the highway.
He introduced in the course of the Giro d’Italia in Might that 2023 can be his ultimate season however Vinokorov was fast to open the door to Cavendish racing on in 2024 and using the Tour de France once more, to finish his profession on a excessive somewhat and attempt to set the outright file for the variety of stage wins on the race, which he at present shares with Eddy Merckx.
“Sure, we’d like Mark to proceed in 2024 and race his fifteenth Tour de France to win that thirty fifth stage,” Vinokourov mentioned after Cavendish crashed.
“I personally broke my femur in 2011 within the Tour, and that ought to have been my final 12 months. However I didn’t need to finish my profession like that. Mark has the identical mentality, the identical willpower to attain his ultimate purpose. We’re prepared to supply him that likelihood. But it surely’s as much as him to determine.”
Cavendish has but to disclose his plan for the long run however seems eager to race once more in 2023. Vinokourov revealed he may journey to Paris subsequent Sunday for the ultimate stage of the Tour de France and to rejoice together with his teammates. It might be a great second to talk with Vinokourov about his future plans.
Based on Tuttobiciweb, Vinokourov is already busy negotiating with riders who may act as lead-out riders and sprinters at Astana Qazaqstan in 2024.
The Italian web site means that Germany’s Max Kanter of Movistar might be a part of a leadout practice, with Jordi Meeus, at present at Bora-Hansgrohe a potential lead-out man or different sprinter.
Vinokourov seems able to fulfill any requests that Cavendish could have.
“He’s bought to determine if he desires to hold on. Then we’ll discover a resolution,” Vinokourov informed Bicisport.it, talking in Italian.
“I believe Mark may have received a stage. I can’t say for positive however he wished to do nicely, he confirmed that in Bordeaux.
“He’s undergone an operation and is recovering at house. He’ll maybe come to Paris to rejoice the top of the Tour with the staff.”