Lefevere: “The extension of Cavendish drags, that annoys me!”

As the end of November quickly approaches and preparations for the 2022 season are launched within the teams, Mark Cavendish still does not have a contract. Returning to his best level this year, the quadruple stage winner on the Tour de France last July has been negotiating for long weeks to extend his contract with the Deceuninck-Quick Step, but no agreement has yet been reached.

Video – Patrick Lefevere wants to quickly extend Mark Cavendish

“Mark Cavendish thinks his image is valuable”

And this situation begins to annoy Patrick lefevere, the general manager of Wolfpack, who wants to take advantage of the presence of the British sprinter at the Six Days of Ghent to move up a gear. “It annoys me that it drags so much”, asserts the Belgian in comments reported by The last news. “I want to finish this on Saturday, and I know he wants it too. Otherwise, it will be postponed again.” It is in particular on salary issues that the two parties cannot agree, Patrick lefevere preferring to offer big result bonuses to his runner rather than a high fixed salary.

“Mark Cavendish thinks his image is valuable, but I also have to think about the image of my team”, Explain Lefevere, before talking about what to do Cavendish once he retires. “When I ask him what he wants to do, he says he wants to watch me and learn. But do I have to pay someone to learn?”, concludes the boss of the future Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team about the one who would like to occupy a role within the Belgian formation when he has hung up the bike.

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