Cavendish signs for Mclaren in late ca­reer move

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Final Whistle - By Tom Cary CY­CLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Mark Cavendish will be for­mally an­nounced to­day as a Bahrain­m­claren rider, sign­ing a con­tract that is likely to see him through to the con­clu­sion of his ca­reer.

The 34-year-old, who will per­form am­bas­sado­rial ac­tiv­i­ties for Mclaren as part of his deal, will team up again with Rod Elling­worth, his old coach at Bri­tish Cy­cling. The 2011 world road race cham­pion and 2016 Olympic sil­ver medal­list has not won a World Tour race for al­most two years af­ter miss­ing the best part of two sea­sons with the Ep­stein-barr virus.

Cavendish is gen­er­ally ac­knowl­edged to be the great­est sprinter cy­cling has known. He has won 30 Tour de France stages in his ca­reer, plac­ing him sec­ond on the all-time list be­hind Eddy Mer­ckx.

It is likely that the for­mer Di­men­sion Data rider will have a per­for­mance-re­lated clause in his deal, how­ever, with an ex­ten­sion al­most cer­tainly con­tin­gent on suc­cess.

Bahrain-mclaren are build­ing an arse­nal of riders and staff. Roger Ham­mond, the for­mer na­tional cham­pion and Di­men­sion Data sport­ing di­rec­tor, is join­ing as per­for­mance man­ager and Tim Har­ris will be de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, while riders Mikel Landa and Wout Poels are al­ready con­firmed.

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