Mark Cavendish ‘blew his chance’ of beating Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France record last year, says Holm

Otto I. Eovaldi

This report at first appeared on Velo Information

Fast-Stage Alpha Vinyl activity director Brian Holm mentioned that Mark Cavendish “blew his chance” to conquer Eddy Merckx’s report number of Tour de France phase wins past yr.

Cavendish arrived back from the brink in 2021 to gain four levels at the Tour and equaled Merckx’s all-time mark of 34 wins.

The Manxman had the probability to superior the Belgian’s report on the remaining phase into Paris past yr, but was crushed to the line by Wout van Aert.

When asked if Rapid-Move must assist Cavendish’s quest to break the Merckx report in July, Holm was blunt.

“For certain if you could choose it, but there’s generally a ‘but.’ You can’t say that if Cav goes he wins a phase. Very little is granted,” Holm advised Flobikes. “He would have created his own existence a bit additional uncomplicated if he had won on the Champs Elysees. He received fairly a very good chance very last 12 months on the Champs Elysees and he blew it. That is daily life.”

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The quotations appear from a modern interview in between Holm and Gregor Brown from Flobikes in Denmark, wherever the Tour de France will start out in July.

In accordance to Holm, who will ultimately not make the closing connect with on the Tour workforce and is a shut close friend of Cavendish, last calendar year was the sprinter’s golden likelihood to just take the report.

The remarks come as speculation builds on irrespective of whether or not Cavendish will be tapped to race the Tour.

The Belgian outfit appears to be like possible to consider Fabio Jakobsen, the Dutch sprinter who is underneath agreement by means of 2023. Brief-Action group boss Patrick Lefevere explained there’s an official choice still on who will race the Tour.

The Danish director additional that Jakobsen would likely earn two out of 3 sprints towards Cavendish if the pair went head-to-head.

Cavendish is now racing the Giro d’Italia and won a phase now. He has talked about instruction as while he were being likely to the Tour, and when he and Jakobsen seemingly get on very well each on and off the bike, it’s very likely that Rapid-Step will only acquire one particular sprinter to the Tour.

Holm hinted that age and the extended-time period upcoming of the team are also considerations to issue in, specially taking into consideration that Cavendish is 37 and out of contract this yr, when Jakobsen is 25 and is previously tied down for 2023.

“It would be somewhat tough for the reason that Cav signed with Swift-Action, who have acquired Fabio Jakobsen, and that is just not simple for him,” Holm reported. “Fabio is the foreseeable future of Fast-Action, and for absolutely sure Cavendish he could get and he could probably beat the report of Eddy Merckx.

“I believe it can be a skilled crew and if they sprint a few situations, I feel Fabio wins probably two of them. I believe most [teams] would acquire Fabio.”

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