Mark Cavendish presents his new British champion jersey at the Tour of Poland
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Mark Cavendish never got the chance to wear it – and possibly make history – in the Tour de France, but he donned his new British National Champion jersey at the Tour of Poland this weekend .
The Manxman won the British title, the second of his career, at the end of June and used both his performance and the resulting special jersey as final bargaining chips for selection for the Tour, where he hoped to beat the Eddy Merckx record. record of stage wins.
However, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl has chosen Fabio Jakobsen as the sprinter for the Grand Tour de France, leaving Cavendish to rethink a summer that starts again on Saturday with the Tour of Poland.
Cavendish showed up to Friday night’s team presentation decked out in his new kit. He and the team opted for a white jersey with red and blue stripes down the middle to match the colors of the British flag.
The design is very much in keeping with the traditional look of British road racing champions jerseys over the years. Cavendish chose to pair his jersey with black shorts.
Since QuickStep’s standard jersey is a combination of blue, white and red, the design is a seamless extension, with no color clash with sponsor logos.
The kit is very similar to the one Cavendish wore during his previous National Championship career between 2013 and 2014 when he first stint with the QuickStep team. The only constant is the rainbow trim on the sleeves and neck to mark his status as a former world champion.
Cavendish runs in kit for the first time on Saturday’s opening stage of the Tour of Poland, with the peloton’s first sprint opportunity expected on Sunday. After the seven-stage race, Cavendish will return to the UK for the Commonwealth Games road race, where he will wear the colors of his native Isle of Man.
Cavendish will wear the kit for the rest of the season but will sport a new design in the new year as he is set to leave QuickStep-AlphaVinyl. The 37-year-old wants to run for another two years and is currently in negotiations with several teams.