After the B&B Hotels team completely collapsed late in this off-season, Mark Cavendish was left with few options in his search for a new team. Unexpectedly, the Manx Missile has joined Astana Qazaqstan, a team which, up until a few weeks ago did not have have space left on its roster. However after sacking Miguel Angel Lopez a roster spot opened up as well as his presumedly handsome salary off their books for 2023 too. Good news for Cavendish' wallet as well as fans hoping to see him at the Tour de France, but how will he actually fare at Astana, a team which has historically not focussed on sprinting.
The "total collapse" of B&B Hotels - KTM in the middle of December has left its existing or prospective riders with practically no runway to find alternative landing spots. Many WorldTeams have already finalised their budget for 2023 and seven WorldTeams have even reached the 30 rider limit, making it impossible for them to bring in more riders. Below, we take a look at which teams do have room to take advantage of last-minute bargains.
Caleb Ewan is arguably the fastest sprinter in the world, but often that does not matter as his team, Lotto-Soudal, have struggled to consistently deliver Ewan in a good position to win a sprint in the last two years. In Giro d'Italia stages 3 and 6, Lotto-Soudal used two different tactics for positioning Ewan before the sprint, which we will analyse in this article.
Mark Cavendish is unstoppable in a long headwind sprint even at age 36. The Manx Missile launched his sprint early with 260 meters to go, surprising Sam Bennett and only having yesterday's victor Jasper Philipsen as a challenger.
Mark Cavendish ended his Tour of Oman on an angry note, complaining that UAE Team Emirates' lead-out man Maximiliano Richeze had impeded him after he launched his UAE teammate Fernando Gaviria to victory.
Mark Cavendish launched a throwback sprint to snatch an unbelievable win from the jaws of defeat in the Tour of Oman Stage 2.
Sprint stars Fernando Gaviria and Mark Cavendish battled it out for a victory in the opening stage of Tour of Oman, a 139 kilometre stage that was made for sprinters despite the slight 3% rise in the last kilometre.