Having pulled out of the Scheldeprijs after contracting influenza, Englishman Mark Cavendish is already plotting his return to the big stage as he turns his eye on securing a Tour de France title.
The 28 year old rider has already seen his chances of taking part in races like the Tour of Flanders, the Ghent-Wevelgem as well as the Driedaagse De Panne slip away owing to illness and he is now fully focused on getting his full fitness back as he targets the business end of the season to get his form and good luck back.
2013 was a prosperous year for both Mark Cavendish and his team as they successfully took the lead in Tour de France and maintained a time gap of almost four hours. Mark Cavendish has always tried to do something for the team and also for the fans. Although he has some plans to surprise the fans he has not let out the secret just yet.
The season of 2014 has not yet started and the fans are eager to know what it is that Cavendish is keeping away from them. He is one of the most versatile and knowledgeable riders in cycling and the records he has prove his knowledge about the game. In a recent press conference he was asked about the records he has achieved and the secret behind his achievements.
He said that hard work and proper focus is the main key to achieve anything and if anyone applies these two then they would be successful in any sport of life. His answer was cheered by everyone who was present there. He also said that in cycling one has to have a great mental strength as it involves travelling for miles and when you have to stretch it often becomes really difficult but that is the time when the mental strength is required the most.
Cavendish was also asked about his preparation for the upcoming season and how he would be planning his year ahead. He said that his prime focus currently is Giro d Italia and after that he would be concentrating on Tour de France. He has been one of the most successful riders in Tour de France having had red jerseys for five stages and also finishing in the first place one time. Rob Hayles his trainer and advisor said that he is happy with the training he is doing and hopes that Cavendish will be winning a lot this season.
Leading Brit rider Mark Cavendish has been reportedly refused to take part in track racing by Omega Pharma manager Patrick Lefevere. Mr. Lefevere felt that it’s necessary for the rider to focus primarily on road instead of track which might interfere with the rider’s hopes for 2016 Olympic medal.
Cavendish was keen on riding for GB Team as a part of Team-pursuit at Rio within 3 years’ timewhile the country is dreaming of gold at the Olympics. The esteemed rider took to track racing at Belgian International Open (Ghent) in September to score up sufficient UCI points to assure eligibility for the track events in future.
However, Lefevere made a clear declaration that from now on the rider would solely concentrate on road until his contract terminate with the team. “We are paying him to dazzle on road & he should concentrate completely on that”, stated the Omega Pharma manager.
The manager has restricted Cavendish from taking part at 6 Days of Ghent”, mostly out of injury fears. “A couple of riders faced a crash on the very 1st night at Ghent Six. What if Cavendish had been a rider among them?”, explained the team manager. “Moreover track racing complicates prepping for next. I can allow track with Terpstra and Keisse but not when it comes to Mark. I am not saying that it’s never going to happen for him but not certainly this year and the coming one. We are paying Mark and I do not wish him on track. He has got ample scope to enjoy it with some other team.”
Cavendish has contended for GB Team at the last 2 Olympics but has been unable to grab a medal yet. Post winning 4 stages in Tour France 2008, he shortened his participation to prep up for Beijing Olympics.