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Mark Cavendish returns to track at London Six Day

Joe Robinson
28 Aug 2019

Manxman returns to London for third time in career

Mark Cavendish will look to put a disappointing road season behind him by returning to the track and the London Six Day this October. The 48-time Grand Tour stage winner will return to the boards for the track competition taking place at the Lee Valley velodrome from 22nd to 27th October.

This will be the third occasion in which the Manxman has taken part in the London Six Day having competed in 2016 and 2017. 

Cavendish finished second on both previous occasions, losing out to Moreno De Pauw and Kenny de Ketele with Bradley Wiggins in 2016 and then to Cameron Meyer and Calum Scotson with Pete Kennaugh the next year.

'Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience, I know how competitive the field will be,' said Cavendish.

'It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world. It’s also a fantastic event for the crowd and the atmosphere is always amazing in the velodrome.'

Chief among the 34-year-old's rivals in London will be fellow WorldTour sprinter and Olympic omnium track champion Elia Viviani.

The Italian will use the race as final preparation before the Track World Cup in Minsk as he attempts to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Cavendish touched on Viviani also racing saying, 'I am pleased to see Elia Viviani named as a fellow rider at Phynova Six Day London, he is a quality athlete and we have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry so I’m sure we will give the fans something exciting to watch.'

Cavendish is out of contract at the end of 2019 and questions remain whether he will stay on with Dimension Data. He was left out of their Tour de France team this July and has raced a limited schedule due to a long return from Epstein-Barr virus.

Rumours have suggested that Cavendish may move to Bahrain-Merida in order to join up with performance director Rod Ellingworth, who begins his role on 1st January.