Mark Cavendish is in quite a taut situation lately- as per the reports, his team manager has asked him to show up with major wins to ensure a successful contract renewal.
Patrick Lefevere, the esteemed manager from Etixx-Quick-Step, seems quite a hard nut and he has declared that the renowned sprinter would only receive a renewed contract-if he can claim his previous glorious status with big triumphs at elite events such as Gent-Wevelgem, Milan-San Remo & Tirreno-Adriatico.
Cav is already equipped with 5 triumphs, including 1-day Clasica Almeria but the contract renewal program, which is meant for later quarter of 2015, demands more wins from the elite rider.
“He has been winning quite a lot this time yet things actually start with Milan-San Remo, Gent-Wevelgem & Tirreno-Adriatico”, stated Lefevere while the contract renewal agreements with Cavendish.
“Maybe, after that, we would start speaking but then we cannot hide this very fact that Tour France is crucial as well.”
Cav moved from Sky to Etixx-Quick-Step on 3-year contract by the final quarter of 2012 & claimed that he is really keen to stay with the elite Belgian cycling team. Etixx-Quick-Step has even hired lead-out specialist rider Mark Renshaw as Cavendish’s supporting aide.
The Etixx manager stressed that how well Cav manages to match up to Marcel Kittel (Germany), who has triumphed at 8 stages in last couple of Tour France- in compared to Mark’s two- would also carry a huge impact on the negotiations regarding contract renewal.
“If Cav is beaten 5 times by Marcel, then we would have some other discussion”, Lefevere continued. Mark has won twenty-five Tour stages in between 2008-2013 yet crashed out unfortunately on the first stage last year.
“He is no doubt a star yet if you fail to win, the star starts fading out.”