The Bahrain-McLaren boss explains that his sprinter has been a particular sporting victim of the coronavirus rupture, and that after the disruption over the past two years, the Manxman really needed a solid block of races to get back on track. speed and be vying for a place on the team.“It’s hard to say,” Ellingworth said of the chances of seeing Cavendish on a Tour start line in the future. “I think unfortunately for him this situation we found ourselves in, not in the race, was against him. If you’ve spent two years off the bike having a lot of trouble, you need a consistent period of time to get back to a decent level.
Ellingworth points to Cavendish as one of the many drivers who have had too much time on the turbo and in training, and not enough to pin the race numbers.
“I think as we all know from Mark, he’s a bike racer, he’s not particularly into training, he loves racing,” Ellingworth added.
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“I think he was at a bit of a disadvantage in that sense, like a lot of runners, just with the issues he was having. He just needed consistent races. Then I do not know I think time will tell.
However, the former Team Sky coach says his pilot continues to tune in at home for the next time he lines up during this condensed season.
“I think it was completely honest to say he wasn’t ready for this year’s Tour, and we’ll keep working. This is what he does now, he works at home and looks forward to the other races. Time will tell us. “
Cavendish-shaped distractions aside, Ellingworth is preparing for his first Tour at the helm of Bahrain-McLaren and expects some intense races from the start.
“Two reasons why the race will be quite intense from the start are [firstly] just the start itself, it’s a challenge these first days in Nice. I think it’s a pretty exceptional start compared to other years. That in itself will create opportunities for people, I’m sure, ”says Ellingworth. “And then secondly, I think the whole situation we find ourselves in with teams has financial problems and there are a lot of runners still without a contract, a lot of runners who want to prove themselves and that’s the big showcase. .
“So I can definitely see that the whole race, every day, will be pretty intense. I think we have seen in recent years that there are no longer any easy days in the Tour. And certainly, this year will be one. I don’t think the Tour will be won in the first week, but some people will definitely find themselves in a situation where the Tour has eluded them for one reason or another.
While Ellingworth’s outfit is one that has struggled financially during this eventful year, announcing the loss of main sponsor McLaren this week for 2021, for now they will focus on the work ahead, a inclination to the yellow jersey with Mikel Landa.
“We’re obviously in a very good position now, all the guys are here and ready to race,” said Ellingworth. “Mikel looks good, looks slim, everything has been going pretty well the last few weeks considering the situation we were in.
“I couldn’t have asked for more from the riders and the staff, it was a challenge for everyone, we all had our problems as a team. But we are looking forward to the race, happy with how it went and hope it stays on the road.