Mark Cavendish will also drive for Patrick Lefevere's team next year.

The contract of the 36-year-old sprinter has been extended by one season, the Belgian team boss

confirmed

to

Het Nieuwsblad on

Thursday

.

"We're done," said Lefevere, who has been negotiating in recent months with Cavendish, who has revived this year.

The Briton will sign the new contract sometime in the coming days.

The WorldTour team will be known as Quick.Step-Alpha Vinyl from next season.

Name sponsor Deceuninck made the switch to Alpecin-Fenix, the team of leader Mathieu van der Poel.

Cavendish's career seemed to be over at the end of 2020.

He hadn't won for a long time and didn't seem to be able to find a new team.

However, Lefevere still offered him a chance with his old team Quick-Step.

In the service of the Belgian formation Cavendish surprisingly regained his old level.

He won four stages in the Tour de France - bringing his total to 35, equaling the record of Eddy Merckx - and took the green jersey.

Cavendish is currently recovering from a heavy fall about a week and a half ago during the Six Days of Ghent.

He suffered two broken ribs and a small collapsed lung at the prestigious track tournament.

Nevertheless, he will leave for Spain with Quick-Step on Monday for a training internship.

"Only he is not allowed to fly with his collapsed lung," said Lefevere.

"We are working on a solution by car or train."

Mark Cavendish equaled record holder Eddy Merckx this year with 35 day victories in the Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish equaled record holder Eddy Merckx this year with 35 day victories in the Tour de France.

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