Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step to be led by Mark Cavendish


Mark Cavendish left Team Sky as he thought he didn’t receive enough support at the Tour de France 2012 and joined Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step. This move is likely to be a successful one for Cavendish as Patrick Lefevere of Team Omega has recently stated that they have thought Cavendish to be the team leader at the 2013 Tour de France.

Cavendish expressed his dissatisfaction with the Team Sky after the 2012 Tour. Team Sky was too much focused on winning the overall position and that had cost Cavendish the green jersey. He couldn’t be able to defend it and since then he thought of leaving the team. He also said that he had no issues with Team Sky but if the team was a bit aggressive then he could’ve successfully defended his green jersey.

The 2011 UCI Road World Champion had an outstanding season in 2012 where he registered a number of victories as well as stage wins at the Tirreno-Adriatico, Giro d’Italia, Tour of Quatar, The French Grand Tour, Tour of Britain etc. Mark Cavendish also managed to get hold of the first place at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. He also bagged his maiden overall win at the 2012 Ster ZLM Toer.

Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step official Patrick Lefevere was super excited to have Cavendish in his team. He said that his team lacked a real sprinter and Cavendish is the guy! He also asserted that when he first saw Cavendish at the 2008 Giro he was surprised to see the courage in him. He took the full advantage of the situation that arose between Cavendish and his team at the 2012 Tour and immediately planned to sign him. While speaking, Patrick said that he wanted to have Mark Cavendish long before but it didn’t happen.

The Belgian team will give Cavendish full support in the 2013 Tour de France and it will be interesting to see what happens there.