Marcel Kittel Wins His Third Straight GP de l’Escaut

SCHOTEN, Belgique, April 09, 2014 (AFP) - German rider Marcel Kittel claimed a record equalling third consecutive Grand Prix de l'Escaut title on Wednesday. Kittel was favourite in the absence of Britain's Mark Cavendish (flu) and Germany's Andre Greipel (broken collarbone) in a race held on a flat course in the Flanders countryside and ideal for sprinters. The Giant rider finished … [Read more...]

A Sick Mark Cavendish Out Of GP de l’Escaut

BRUSSELS, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish has pulled out of Wednesday's Grand Prix de l'Escaut because of flu, his Omega Pharma team confirmed. "This flu has really weakened him and for a rider like him it makes no sense to start at only 50 percent of his form. So we decided to let him rest," said team manager Patrick Lefevere. "We're also going to rethink our … [Read more...]

Dad-to-be Cavendish May Pull Out Of GP de l’Escaut

BRUSSELS, March 29, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish may pull out of the Grand Prix de l'Escaut in Belgium next week to be at the birth of his daughter, one of the race organizers told the Sporza website on Thursday. "Team Sky has registered Cavendish as a reserve. The world champion will only start if his partner has given birth," Piem De Smet told the site. "His daughter is … [Read more...]