Mark Cavendish has confirmed he will take to the boards for Six Day London 2017 after the “unforgettable experience” he had competing in front of his home crowd at last year's event.
Cavendish rode alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins at Six Day London 2016, with the British pair finishing second at the Lee Valley VeloPark, bettered only be Belgians Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw over an absorbing six days.
This year’s event will return to the capital from October 24-29, with the 31-year-old requiring a new partner after Wiggins enjoyed his final hurrah on his home track at last year’s event.
Further rider announcements are set to come in the coming months, with Cavendish champing at the bit to get going once again under the electric atmosphere of the home crowd.
And while his Six Day London 2017 partner has yet to be confirmed, the ‘Manx Missile’ is already keeping an open mind about who could line up alongside him come the autumn.
“Taking on Six Day London with Brad last year was an unforgettable experience,” he said.
“It was our last event together in this country and going out in front of full crowds for six nights was immense.
“It’s easily the best track cycling event in the UK and the best part of it is that it’s only two years old. The organisers want to make it the best it can be and I want to help them do that.
“I’ll sit down with Madison Sports Group and we’ll have a chat about it [who I’ll partner]. I’ve got some ideas, I’m sure they will too and we’ll sort it out soon. Whoever it is has got big shoes to step into!”
Wiggins and Cavendish enjoyed plenty of support from the British fans in London, with compatriots Andy Tennant and Chris Latham joining forces as did Ollie Wood and Jon Dibben in the men’s competition.
The fans in attendance also got the chance to see home success in the women's competition, with Katie Archibald and Neah Evans leading out a British one-two, while Rotherham brothers Matthew and Tom lit up the Lee Valley VeloPark with their fellow sprinters.
And with the famous Velodrome set to welcome a whole host of cycling stars for another pulsating six days of racing across all three competitions, Madison Sports Group Chairman Michael Gollner is delighted Cavendish will be on board for Six Day London 2017.
“You only have to glance at Mark’s record to see he is one of the giants of the sport and so for him to commit to our event is big news for us,” he said.
“This year will be our third event in London and we aim to improve it year on year, so I’m confident it will be the best yet.
“We are also thrilled to welcome Amstel back to the Six Day family. We are still a relatively new event and so it is gratifying to receive support from brands like Amstel who believe in what we’re doing. We look forward to building the event together with them.”