Cavendish gets stagiaire slot with T-Mobile
and Commonwealth track champion Mark Cavendish is set to step up into the big league
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Young British sprinter Mark Cavendish has earned a considerable coup having been selected by T-Mobile to ride with them as a ‘stagiaire’ for the rest of this season. The placement is basically a trial to assess whether the 21-year-old from the Isle of Man is ready to move up into the ProTour ranks with one of the sport’s leading teams.
“Mark basically advertised himself with his solid performances at the Tour de Berlin,” said Heiko Salzwedel, the coach on T-Mobile’s development programme, which Cavendish has been a part of since 2005. “It’s planned to use Mark in the Rund um die Hainleite, the Sparkassen Giro Bochum, the Hessen Rundfahrt and the Tour of Britain,” T-Mobile team director Mario Kummer confirmed.
Cavendish has come through Britain’s hugely successful track programme, picking up the world Madison title on the way. “He also showed in Berlin that he can race against the clock and climbs well,” said Salzwedel. “Mark is one of those sprinters who fear nothing in the hectic final metres. I believe he’s ready for the next step.” Cavendish finished second overall at the Tour of Berlin in June, taking two stage wins.