British cycling great Mark Cavendish will compete at the fifth edition of Phynova Six Day London, gunning for a first-ever victory at the event set to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 22-27 October.
Cavendish, whose 30 Tour de France stage wins put him behind only Eddy Merckx on the all-time list, will be vying for the London title having come close on previous appearances in 2016 and 2017.
And prepares to face long-time trival Elia Viviani on the boards at the Lee Valley Velodrome, the 34-year-old can’t wait to strut his stuff in front of a home crowd once again.
“I am incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be back competing at Phynova Six Day London in October at the iconic velodrome,” he said.
“Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world.
“It’s also a fantastic event for the crowd and the atmosphere is always amazing in the velodrome.”
The Manx Missile’s palmares is stunning. He boasts nine individual stage wins at Grand Tour events and is a three-time Madison world champion.
Cavendish and Viviani have enjoyed healthy competition for years both on road and track, most dramatically when the Italian took gold against the Brit in the omnium at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Viviani, who recently won the men’s European Road Race in Alkmaar and the Ride London-Surrey Classic, edged out Cavendish after a crash that brought both men to the floor.
Viviani continued his winning streak in 2018, outsprinting Cavendish in the second stage of the Dubai Tour to take the title, so there will be much to prove for both riders when they meet again in London this autumn.
“I am pleased to see Elia Viviani named as a fellow rider at Phynova Six Day London, he is a quality athlete and we have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry so I’m sure we will give the fans something exciting to watch,” added Cavendish.
Cavendish is no stranger to Phynova Six Day London, having paired with Bradley Wiggins in 2016 where the elite British duo were pipped to first place on the final day by Belgian pair Moreno De Pauw and Kenny De Ketele.
In 2017, partnered with Olympic gold medalist Peter Kennaugh, he again had to settle for second place with the Australian pairing of Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson coming out on top despite the Brits scoring the most points overall.
With a buoyant British crowd cheering him on, Cavendish will be going all-out to claim a maiden victory at the storied event.
riders and event information for Six Day London will be announced soon.
To see Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani go head-to-head at the Lee Valley VeloPark, click here. Tickets start at just £19.