Decuninck-QuickStep May have celebrated 100 Grand Tour stage hits before Tuesday Level 4 In Tour de France, But said team boss Patrick Lefebvre Mark CavendishThe sprint win at Foucault was the most emotional of all.
Speaking after the conclusion, Monksman saw that he had taken Nasser Bouhani (Arcia-Samsic) and Jasper Phillipson (Albacin-Phoenix) to his first tour in five years, the first time he had ever seen an entire team in tears after a victory.
“We have over 100 wins on a Grand Tour, but I have never seen the whole staff cry,” Lefever said. “I think the whole staff is crying because everyone followed his emotions.
“Cavendish has already talked about it since day one, he won here in 2015,” Lefebvre said. Cycling. “He was motivated like a kid making his first race. He had a lot to lose, nothing to win, but I said ‘no, that’s not true – you’re a backslider, others have to win. You came to Tour de France and you can make it’.
Cavendish is the most passionate of all, fighting depression and the Epstein-Barr virus over the past three years.
He signed a contract with Desynick-Quickstep last December and still had to face hardships to make the tour, Lefebvre said.
“Eight months ago, Cavendish had no team. I took him on the team. He had a shit program – all races at the start of the season were canceled.
“Then he went to Turkey – where he did not want to go – because Covit-19. He won four positions. At the last minute he came to the tour of Belgium and won. He was not on the tour team, we called him on the Saturday before we left. He wins again, so you now If you are not emotional, you will never be.
“He’s a special animal, you can tell this. He never wanted to leave the team, but at the end of the story they’re pro riders, it’s always about money. He already asked me four years to come back, the moment I’m waiting for. This is the moment.”
Lefebvre, who publicly criticized Sam Bennett after the Irishman withdrew from the Tour due to a knee injury, said Cavendish had restored the team’s confidence with his victories in 2021.
“It’s always common in English to say ‘thank you, thank you’, but I know he means it when he says it. I said, ‘You don’t have to thank me. You came here at the minimum wage, I gave you the opportunity, you only thank me with your pedals. What he did now.
“Realistically I saw Sprint on the Belgium tour – well, it’s only the Belgium tour, but you have to beat Evan [who crashed out on stage 3, ed], Phillipson, Merlier, those guys, he did it. Otherwise, I would not have brought him. “
At the Tour de France – there are six nail-on sprint levels in Cட்டte d’Ivoire, Valencia, N ,mes, Carcassonne, Ljrne and Paris – Cavendish and the team have a lot of chances to win more sprints. Cavendish has experience of winning in many of those cities, four times in 2008 at the Cாரttaros and Neymar, and four times in Paris, and is now head of the points classification in green jersey.
However, Lefebvre will not be impressed with future pace or the chances that Cavendish will add to his 31-run race, instead insisting that the team’s vision will continue on a platform-first level basis.
“Let’s go day by day. He’s green, he’s won the podium. Tomorrow is a time trial. Chattaroux applies to him too.