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Check out the first sneak preview of Mark Cavendish in his new Deceuninck-QuickStep kit

Joe Robinson
15 Dec 2020

The Manxman is set to rejoin the Belgian team on a one-year deal for 2021

Deceuninck-QuickStep have given us a sneak preview of Mark Cavendish in his team kit for next season.

The 30-time Tour de France stage winner will reunite with the Belgian team for 2021 having managed to secure a one-year deal with Patrick Lefevere's squad.

After initially being told a deal was not possible, the Manx sprinter was able to secure a contract after bringing on an undisclosed personal sponsor to help finance the team.

Cavendish described the move as 'coming home' as he rejoins the team in which he raced for between 2013 and 2015, winning 43 races.

In that time, the sprinter took three of his Tour stages, five Giro d'Italia stages and a one-day Classic, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, amongst other victories.

When he reannounced his signing, Cavendish stated: 'I can’t explain how delighted I am to be joining Deceuninck-QuickStep. I have never hidden my affection for my time with the team and to me this genuinely feels like I am coming home.

'As well as the incredible group of riders, I can’t wait to start working again with the staff, most of which were here during my first spell and were part of one of the most successful periods of my career, an era that I am immensely proud of.'

On Monday afternoon, the Belgian team unveiled its new team kit for 2021 and gave fans a sneak peek of Cavendish in his new colours.

Turning away from the white of 2020, the new Deceuninck-QuickStep look will feature a two-tone blue design shaped like a wolf's face with hair details on the shoulders of the jersey, donating the team's nickname of 'The Wolfpack'. 

As a former World Champion, Cavendish will be afforded a set of rainbow stripes on his sleeves and collar while the image also shows the 35-year-old in his now-obligatory Richard Mille luxury watch, too.

If we are honest, we liked this season's jersey more but I guess nobody cares what we think?

Simultaneously, the Belgian team also revealed Julian Alaphilippe's World Champion's jersey for next season. Classic as can be, the rainbow stripes are clear for all to see.

However, there is some disappointment in Cyclist HQ that a rider with the panache of Alaphilippe was unwilling to sport white bibshorts too.