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The Tour organizers sassed Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl hard for not bringing Cavendish

What an absolute power move by the French

The TDF showed an image of Cavendish Photo by: @reathina

The Tour de France starts on Friday in Denmark, but without British sprinter Mark Cavendish. His team. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl opted to take Fabio Jakobsen as their fastman instead. It will be Jakobsen’s first time at the Tour, and he’s had a solid spring with a bunch of wins. Despite that, many cycling fans were upset that the Manx Missile won’t get his shot to beat the great Eddy Merckx’s stage win record. Currently Cavendish is tied with the Belgian with 34 wins apiece.

Cavenish was listed as a reserve, so when Tim Declercq tested positive on Wednesday for COVID-19, many figured he would be able to jump in at the last minute. Alas, ’twas not to be as the team chose Florian Sénéchal in his stead.

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On Wednesday, the Tour held their team presentations. Each team went on stage and were introduced to thousands of Danes who cheered on their heroes. As you can see, looks like it’s not just the fans that miss having the former world champ at the Grand Boucle. The organizers took a not-so-subtle jab at QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl in the video montage that played behind the riders as they took the stage.