Mark Cavendish eases up. The legendary British sprinter announced that he wanted to end his career during a press conference during the second rest day of the Tour of Italy. He revealed that this season will be his last.
The Isle of Man rider, who turned 38 on Sunday, has set himself the ultimate goal of claiming a 35th Tour de France stage victory in July and breaking the record he currently shares with the Belgian Eddy Merckx. "This is my last Giro d'Italia and 2023 will be my last season," said the 2011 world champion with tremolos in his voice, surrounded by his wife and children in Coccaglio, Lombardy.
Also winner of Milan-San Remo in 2009, the former track racer has one of the finest records in his sport: he has won a total of 161 victories in his career, 34 in the Tour de France, 16 in the Giro and 3 in the Vuelta, as well as the classification by points on the three Grand Tours.
After the aborted project to sign with formation B
Two other figures in the peloton have already announced their retirement for the end of the season, the Slovak Peter Sagan and the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot.