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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.
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Alberto Contador of UCI Pro Team Saxo-Tinkoff reconfirmed he will not defend his Vuelta a España crown, but hopes to race the world championships later this season.
Speaking to the Spanish daily MARCA, Contador said defending his Vuelta victory of 2012 was never in his plans.
“The Vuelta was never on my calendar and that’s the main reason I am not going to defend my victory of last year,” Contador told MARCA.
“Also, Saxo-Tinkoff has a strong block of riders who have been subject to me all season and who can do well individually. Majka, [Nicolas] Roche, and [Roman] Kreuziger, if they decide to race, can do well and fight for the podium.”
Contador had already told journalists at the end of the Tour de France, where he finished fourth overall, that he was not going to the Vuelta. Team boss Bjarne Riis, however, suggested the decision had not been finalized.
Contador’s comments in Saturday’s edition of MARCA, taken ahead of a gran fondo in Italy, are the latest confirmation that he will not be in Galicia on August 24 when the Vuelta starts.
Instead, Contador said he would focus on a series of one-day races, including GP de Plouay in France, followed by the Canadian World Tour events at Quebec and Montreal, and end with Milano-Torino and the Giro di Lombardia. He also expressed interest in racing the world championships in Florence.
Contador also outlined his frustration about his performance during the Tour, suggesting that he posted his best numbers in pre-Tour tests, but could not deliver during the race.
Contador said hat cycling is not a matter of math so there is no way to exactly predict what the body does at some times. He also said that before starting the tour, many tests were done.
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After performing rather well in the first five stages of the Tour of Denmark, Mark Cavendish (Team Omega Pharma- Quick Step) won the final and the sixth stage of the tour. This victory actually marked his 16th triumph in the 2013 cycling season which includes his 2 stage wins at the Tour de France this year. Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar) came second and Tyler Ferrar (Team Garmin-Sharp) came third in the final stage at the Tour of Denmark which ended in Frederiksberg.
Cavendish had tweeted before beginning the race that this is his last race because he is planning to take a break for a month and is waiting eagerly to spend some quality time with his family and fiancé. He really wanted to win this race in Frederiksberg as he has won three races earlier in Frederiksberg.
Mark Cavendish has quite a powerful weapon in his lead-out train after cyclist Alessandro Petacchi joined Omega Pharma QuickStep cycling team where he would stay till the end of 2014. The 6 time Tour stage champ, who has also snatched the green jersey in the year 2010, emerges of retirement to be a part of the team and would make his debut at the Kortrijk criterium on 8th August, before riding 7 stage Eneco Tour from 12th August to 18th August.
AleJet is one of most decorated sprinters in cycling. They have amassed 48 Grand Tour stage victories, and wins in Paris Tours and Milan San Remo. Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi are also members of an exclusive club of 5 cycle riders who have got the points classifications in all the 3 Grand Tours, with Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Laurent Jalabert and Eddy Merckx.
However, Alessandro has become a part of Omega Pharma QuickStep cycling team not to add to his palmares, but to give more firepower to Mark Cavendish’s lead-out train that has faltered sometimes since the Manx Missile’s move from the Sky team.
Alessandro told that he joined this team to take on a very different role, to be a team player, mainly when it comes to sprints. The primary objective is to be useful to the cycling team when required and to put his experience to the service of younger riders.
Alessandro started the year with Lampre Merida but drew back in April and the thirty nine year was immediately connected to a move to Omega Pharma QuickStep team, who had looked to bolster Mark’s lead-out train for Giro d’Italia as well as Tour de France.
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