Zabel secretly helping Cavendish

clipped from velonews.com

clipped from velonews.com

Milan-San Remo: Can Cavendish get over the Poggio?

Mark Cavendish isn’t expecting to win his first crack at Milan-San Remo, but he’s getting some advice from someone who has.

Cavendish has his doubts about being able to celebrate in San Remo.

Four-time winner Erik Zabel has been quietly working and training with the British sprinter since retiring.

Cavendish is expecting that expert advice to pay dividends sooner than later.

Cavendish has his doubts about being able to celebrate in San Remo.

“He knows every race by the back of his hand, so it’s perfect for me,” Cavendish told VeloNews. “It takes away at least one year for experience. We’re talking and training together all the time, at the races or after.”

The 38-year-old Zabel (spotted by VeloNews riding on the San Remo course on Thursday) finally hung up the cleats for good, but was close to signing a one-year deal with Columbia-Highroad.

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