Rejuvenated Mark Cavendish insists best is still to come as Tour of Britain returns

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The 36-year-old wants to maintain his form and prove he has much to offer, despite an uncertain future with Deceuninck-Quick-Step

After his astonishing comeback to claim four stage wins and the green jersey at this year’s Tour de France, Mark Cavendish now believes he has the potential to turn the clock back 10 years and return to the form of his prime – although it is not certain that he will continue racing with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team in 2022, with negotiations ongoing.

“At the beginning of the year I was adamant this would be my last year, [but] what I’ve gained from this year is that I don’t believe I’ll stay at this level, I believe I will get even better,” said the 36-year-old Manxman as he prepared to start the Tour of Britain, where he has won 10 stages since his first start in 2005, although he has not crossed the line first in his home Tour since 2013.

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