According to Mark Cavendish there are six potential sprint stages up for grabs in the 2016 Tour de France but, along with the chance to add to his stage win tally of 26, the British rider is eager to head into the race with his new team MTN-Qhubeka.
Cavendish signed for the African squad last month after three seasons with Etixx-QuickStep and 2016 will see the former world champion embark on a new phase in his career. The signing was a coup for the team – set to be known as Team Dimension Data next season – who have a marquee signing to add their ranks.
“I’m so excited about MTN and this new adventure,” Cavendish told the press after the 2016 Tour de France route presentation in Paris on Tuesday.
“You saw what they did this year, they captured the race and public. To go and be part of that African adventure is super exciting. It’s a great group of guys and some of the biggest talents in cycling. To be able to that into 21 days of racing, whether it’s winning or racing the race, it’s going to be very exciting.”
Cavendish has not been the prolific Tour de France stage winner of old in recent years but he remains one of the top sprinters in the peloton and captured over a dozen wins in 2015. One of those came in the Tour de France but the initial impression from the 2016 route is that there will be more chances for the fast-men next year.
“It’s a hard Tour de France. It gets harder and harder but that’s bike racing,” he said.
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