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by Caley Fretz
February 6, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Chris Froome will start season at Ruta del Sol; Cavendish primed for season start, is weighing up motorbike racing post-career; Beyond Belgium: A look at the internationalisation of cyclocross; Romain Bardet out of season opener with arm injury; Nairo Quintana’s calm start at Oro y Paz; Bikes of the Bunch: Conor McGregor’s FiftyOne; Cycling Australia’s new CEO; AfterShokz Trekz headphone review; Sprinters to clash in Dubai’s sands; Leprechauns storm (dance on) cyclocross worlds podium.
He’s long been the fastest man on two wheels in cycling; in the future, all things going to plan, Mark Cavendish may well test his talents in motorbike racing. Speaking one day before the start of the Dubai Tour, Cavendish was asked about the possibility that he could swop the pedals for an engine at some point down the line.
“Anything is possible, you know,” he told journalists at the pre-race press conference on Monday. “I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future.”
Journalists’ interest in a possible change of sport was piqued by a Esquire Middle East interview published at the end of January. In that article, Cavendish spoke about his love for fast cars and bikes and, when asked if he ever wished he was a F1 driver, said that he preferred two wheels. “I don’t think I’m good enough,” he said of F1. “Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.”
That prompted the interviewer to ask if that was what was coming next after cycling. “In all seriousness, I think so,” Cavendish answered. However, his Dimension Data team needn’t panic: in that article, Cavendish said that he felt that he had ‘a fair few years’ left in his professional career.
Motor bikes may be a passion, but so too his racing. And with Eddy Merckx’s all-time Tour stage win record of 34 victories just four off what Cavendish has now, he’s got a motivating target to aim for this year and beyond.
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