After much speculation in recent weeks, Mark Cavendish is set to remain in the WorldTour in 2021 after signing for Deceuninck-Quick-Step.
Cavendish, one of the most decorated riders in history, will be returning to the Belgian squad – affectionately known as the Wolfpack – after five years. He was a member of the team from 2013 to 2015.
A professional since 2007, Cavendish has left a truly indelible mark on cycling in the past 15 years, winning close to 150 races on the road while in the pro ranks.
Of these, 48 were achieved in the Grand Tours, where the 35-year-old has managed to become one of the few riders in history to win all three points jerseys.
He won Milan-San Remo in 2009 and the World Championships in 2011.
“I can’t explain how delighted I am to be joining Deceuninck–Quick-Step. I have never hidden my affection for my time with the team and to me this genuinely feels like I am coming home.
“As well as the incredible group of riders, I can’t wait to start working again with the staff, most of which were here during my first spell and were part of one of the most successful periods of my career, an era that I am immensely proud of.
“Even with an extremely difficult and disrupted season this year, they have shown how strong and unified they are and I am hoping to add to even more. I can’t wait to be back in the Wolfpack”, said Mark Cavendish.
CEO Patrick Lefevere is delighted to have Cavendish back in the fold.
“Us and Mark share many beautiful memories and have a history that goes a long way back. During his three-year spell with the team, he didn’t just claim dozens of victories for the team, he showed amazing panache and what an incredibly dedicated team player he is.”