Cavendish signs for Mclaren in late career move
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.