It has been confirmed this morning that Mark Cavendish has not raced his bike for the final time. He will race, for at least one more time, at the 108th Scheldeprijs on the 14th of October.
This years route at Scheldeprijs has been revised due to COVID-19 restrictions and will be 10 laps of a 17.4km course around Schoten, which is expected to favour the sprinters.
Having been a winner at Scheldeprijs three times, Cav will be amongst some strong sprinting company with 2020 Tour de France Green Jersey winner Sam Bennet riding for Deceuninck – Quick Step, Loto Soudal bring Caleb Ewan and Pascal Ackermann is another big sprinter for Bora Hansgrohe.
Mark Cavendish will have his work cut out for him if he’s to roll the years all the way back to 2007 where he had a break through win at the Flemish race. However it’s clear to see that his passion for racing is still there. He gave a very emotional but short interview after the Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday which suggested that he may have turned a pedal in anger for the final time. However his confirmation at Scheldeprijs tomorrow says that his season and his career is not over, yet.
Other notable starters are; Mads Pederson (Trek Segafredo), Andre Greipel (Isreal Start Up Nation), Maximilian Walscheid (NTT Pro Cycling), Chris Lawless (INEOS Grenadiers) and Bryan Cocquard (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept).