Cav to ride 2018 Roubaix

Manx sprinter be­lieves he has the ‘phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties’ for high plac­ing in the Hell of the North

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Mark Cavendish has said that he is keen to tar­get a top-10 fin­ish on the cob­bles of Paris-roubaix ahead of the cob­bled stage nine of next year’s Tour de France.

“I’d ab­so­lutely like to ride it [Paris-roubaix] again, the race was cool and I get the op­por­tu­nity with Team Di­men­sion Data so I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” Cavendish said. When pushed on whether he could pro­duce a top-10 fin­ish or even better, he claimed that it was “well within his phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties”.

It wouldn’t be the only time that Cavendish would tackle the pavé next sea­son, with the Tour de France in­clud­ing cob­bles dur­ing stage nine. With sev­eral Clas­sics spe­cial­ists likely to be put to work for GC lead­ers, it’s a stage Cavendish feels he could per­form well on. “It does suit the group of guys that we will have around me, so it’ll def­i­nitely be the goal to do a good ride but to think it is easy to go out and win just one stage is crazy. It is still the Tour de France,” he said.

One of the team-mates that will be re­spon­si­ble for shep­herd­ing the Manx­man across France next year is new Bel­gian sign­ing Julien Ver­mote, who joins Di­men­sion Data from Quick Step Floors.

“He’s a wicked guy and a re­ally good friend of mine, I’m re­ally happy he’s come to the team and I’m for­tu­nate that I’ve been able to see him grow into the big rider that he is now. He is strong, in­tel­li­gent and has a lot of re­spect within the pelo­ton, which is a great thing,” Cavendish said.

After a dis­ap­point­ing 2017 that was stunted by ill­ness and a bro­ken shoul­der at the Tour de France, he fin­ished on a high note with vic­tory in the staged Saitama cri­terium race ahead of Ja­panese rid­ers Fu­miyuki Beppu and Yusuke Hatanaka. He will now fo­cus solely on the road after con­firm­ing that his track sea­son fin­ished at last month’s Lon­don Six Day.

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