Let the legs do the talking.
As a bonus, tubs ‘o fun can’t knock back a bag of curly fries with his yap taped shut.
I take the piss out of the kid, but make no mistake – I am impressed with the man’s class. He’s got FIRE!
We’ll see where he ends up next year. And, perhaps more importantly, how many of his support staff go with him. He needs men like Renshaw and Eisel. Perhaps more than they need him.
Former yellow jersey wearer at the Tour de France Chris Boardman spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside this week, saying Cavendish should take teammates Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel with him to his new team.
“It would be absolutely crazy for him to not take at least Renshaw,” said Boardman.
“Cavendish on his own is still a formidable sprinter but he would not have had the volume of wins without the team behind him.”
It’s got to be Team Sky, right? Probably because they’ll let him sit on his ass through the Spring, and tolerate it when he really only seem to care about the bunch sprints in the big tours. A proper Classic’s squad would expect him to be on-form for long races in crap weather come April, not showing up to the Giro in May a few pounds over prime. The man has been lucky thus far that he can produce when he comes in heavy and slightly under form, and his squad carries him to the last 300 meters in a grand tour.
In a few years, that will not be so. There will be a new crop of hungry young men who have penciled a target on his back – oh yes, they will be aiming straight for him. He need to make his mark in the Classics now, before the years prove unkind.
Out of contract at the end of this season meant Cavendish was one of the most in-demand riders in the peloton this year. BMC offered him a huge salary and carte blanche to bring with him who he wanted while Quick Step were no doubt in the market too.
Patrick Lefevre has always been a fan of Cavendish and the Briton has a big following in Belgium. The Belgian team is set to bring in Omega Pharma as a co sponsor next year and has already announced four new signings.
But however in-demand Cavendish is it was really only ever going to be Team Sky.
But, if Sky is aiming for podium spots over stages, having lunch box around isn’t really a benefit.
With speculation continuing about where Mark Cavendish could wind up racing in 2012, potential Sky Procycling team-mate Bradley Wiggins has said that he would welcome his fellow Briton on board. However Wiggins also acknowledges that things could be different than when they last raced together, when the entire Columbia team was built around the sprinter.
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“If you have the Yellow Jersey with a week to go, you’re going to need eight riders to ride on the front [of the peloton] day in, day out, for six days,” he said, according to Sportinglife.com.
“At that point, it would be detrimental to have someone like Mark in the team, as he can’t ride on the front or he’s going to be at a disadvantage going into the mountains.
As tempted as I am to leave the above quote stand as-is, I would be remiss if I did not share the balance of Wiggo’s statement. He sees the impending arrival of Sir Lunch Pail as a benefit. I, as you may imagine, am not likewise convinced.
“But I think if I was going for a top five GC [general classification] it’s no different to what we did this year. I don’t see any conflict in that area – we’ve always done the leadout one way or another for someone. The thing with Mark is that you know 99 times out of 100 if you do that leadout then he’s going to win.”
“That helps the cause and helps the morale in the team – and Mark’s an incredible guy to have around.”
Because of that, he would prefer if Cavendish decides to come on board. “I only see his arrival – if he does come and signs and they get all the things sorted out – as a benefit all round.”