Mark Cavendish joins Deceuninck-Quick Step for 2021

The British cyclist is returning to the Belgian outfit after five years; he had a three-year stint with the team.

British cyclist Mark Cavendish. - GETTY IMAGES

Briton Mark Cavendish is joining Deceuninck-Quick Step for the 2021 season, the Belgian outfit where the former world champion spent three years.

“Mark Cavendish is returning to DeceuninckQuick Step after five years... the Manxman has agreed to sport the new kit of the team, which will be revealed in a couple of days, throughout the 2021 season,” Deceuninck-Quick Step said in a statement.

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Cavendish, who has won 30 stages on the Tour de France and is considered one of the best sprinters in the event’s history, left the then Etixx-Quick Step team after the 2015 season to join Dimension Data before spending a season at Bahrain-McLaren.

The 35-year-old has not won a race since February 2018, when he prevailed in the third stage of the Dubai Tour.

As well as 30 Tour stage wins, 2011 world champion Cavendish has won 15 stages on the Giro d’Italia and three on the Vuelta.