Mark Cavendish

}} Mark Cavendish (born Douglas, Isle of Man 21 May 1985) is a Manx and British racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Columbia. Originally a track cyclist in the madison, points race, and scratch race, he became a road racing cyclist in 2007. He made his track debut for Great Britain in the 2004 Moscow World Cup. As a road cyclist, he has risen to prominence as a sprinter. In the 2008 Tour de France he won four stages, unprecedented in British cycling. Cavendish was introduced to cycling at 12, having been a keen BMXer. He lives in Manchester and Tuscany, Italy.

Career biography

Cavendish has been described as confident, even arrogant. He started as a track cyclist. He won a gold medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games scratch race, riding for the Isle of Man; and gold medals in the 2005 world championship madison and 2005 European championship points race. He began road racing in 2005, riding the Tour of Berlin and Tour of Britain. Cavendish was taken to the UCI Track World Championships in Los Angeles to get some experience racing as a senior, he was teamed up with Rob Hayles in the Madison, the two had not raced together before. The pair finished one lap ahead of the field to claim the gold medal in the 200 lap race, ahead of the Dutch and Belgian teams, giving Britain their fourth gold at these World Championships, and earning Cavendish his first World Champion's Rainbow jersey. Cavendish began 2006 with the Continental team, Team Sparkasse. In June, he won two stages as well as the points and sprint competitions in the Tour of Berlin. The 2006 Commonwealth Games saw Cavendish return to the velodrome, representing the Isle of Man. The scratch race was held over 80 laps of the Melbourne track, Cavendish got a lap up on the main field with four other riders. Coming up to the final sprint, he was following Rob Hayles, but passed him to beat Ashley Hutchinson (Australia) and James McCallum (Scotland) to the gold medal in a time of 23m 05s and an average speed of 51.9kmh. His successes at the Tour of Berlin led to his gaining a post as a stagiare with T-Mobile from August until the end of the season. His best result for T-Mobile in 2006 came during the Tour of Britain, where he took three second places and won the points classification. This helped secure a full-time professional contract with T-Mobile for 2007 and 2008.

Cavendish's 2007 season began with a win in the Grote Scheldeprijs, followed by the Four Days of Dunkirk and the Volta a Catalunya. This led to selection in the 2007 Tour de France. His Tour was not successful. Crashes in stages 1 and 2 removed him from contention for two stages won by sprinters, and left him bruised. He abandoned on stage 8 as the race reached the Alps, having taken two top-ten placings but unhappy not to have had at least one top-five placing. His debut season continued with ten stage wins, ahead of Robbie McEwen's record eight wins in his first season as a professional, one behind Alessandro Petacchi. By early October, Cavendish had taken his 11th win, the Circuit Franco-Belge, to equal Petacchi's record. Among the wins were three in UCI ProTour events, the two in the Volta a Catalunya and one in the Eneco Tour of Benelux. Following his win there, Cavendish said: "I'm an old-school sprinter. I can't climb a mountain but if I am in front with 200 metres to go then there's nobody who can beat me.

Cavendish and Francaise des Jeux rider Sandy Casar were first to sign the UCI's anti-doping charter, introduced before the 2007 Tour de France.

In 2008 Cavendish returned to the track for the Olympic Games in Beijing, his priority for the season. On 29 March 2008 Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins won the Madison at the UCI World Championships in Manchester. On the road, Cavendish continued to compete successfully and won his first stages of a Grand Tour, by picking up 2 victories in the 2008 Giro d'Italia. Cavendish continued his success winning a stage win in the 2008 Tour de France, when he took Stage 5 from Cholet to Châteauroux. He won again on Stage 8 and Stage 12 the first Briton to win three stages of the Tour in the same year. He extended this on Stage 13 to take four stages. He became the "fourth most successful British professional in History". To prepare for the Olympics in August, Cavendish retired from the 2008 Tour before Stage 15 began. He and Team Columbia manager Bob Stapleton agreed that continuing over the Alps was a risk to his Olympic hopes. But Cavendish, with Bradley Wiggins, failed to win a medal in Beijing, finishing joint 8th in the madison - the only British track cyclist not to win a medal.

Career highlights

Major track results

UCI Track World Championships
2005 - Los Angeles, 1st, Madison (with Rob Hayles)
2008 - Manchester, 1st, Madison (with Bradley Wiggins)Commonwealth Games
2006 - Melbourne, 1st Scratch RaceUCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
2005 - Manchester, 2nd Team pursuit
2005 - Manchester, 3rd Madison
2005 - Sydney, 3rd, Madison (with Tom White)
2005 - Sydney, 2nd, Team pursuit 4:11.728/4:10.735, (with Brammeier, White, Clancy)
2007 - Beijing, 2nd, Madison (with Bradley Wiggins)European Track Championships
2005 - 1st Points race
2005 - 4th Scratch RaceBritish National Track Championships
1999 - 1st Under 14 Omnium
2001 - 2nd Points Race - Junior
2001 - 3rd Scratch Race - Junior
2003 - 1st Kilo - Junior
2003 - 2nd Scratch Race - Junior
2003 - 2nd Sprint - Junior
2004 - 1st Team pursuit (with Chris Newton, Paul Manning & Tom White)
2004 - 2nd Madison (with Ed Clancy)
2005 - 1st Team pursuit (with Ed Clancy, Steve Cummings & Geraint Thomas)
2005 - 3rd Scratch Race
2008 - 1st Madison (with Peter Kennaugh)Others
2004 - 1st Bremen UIV Talent Cup Madison (with Geraint Thomas)
2004 - 1st Munich UIV Talent Cup Madison (with Matt Brammeier)
2004 - 1st Revolution 6 Madison Kilometre, (Current record Holder) 57.457s (with Ed Clancy)
2007 - 1st Revolution 16, 15km Scratch Race

Major road results

2nd British National Road Race Championships - Junior2004
1st, Tour of Britain Support Circuit race, Westminster 2005 - Team Sparkasse
1st, Stage win, Tour of Berlin
1st British National Circuit Race Championships (Otley)2006 - T-Mobile (Stagiare) and Team Sparkasse
1st, Stage 3, Course de la Solidarité Olympique
1st, Points classification, Tour of Britain
2nd, Tour of Berlin
1st, Stage 4
1st, Stage 52007 - T-Mobile
1st, Grote Scheldeprijs
1st, Points classification, Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, Stage 3,
1st, Stage 6,
3rd, Stage 2
1st, Points classification, Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 2, Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 6, Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 4, Ster Elektrotoer
1st, Points classification Post Danmark Rundt
3rd, Stage 1
2nd, Stage 4
1st, Stage 6
1st, Points classification Eneco Tour of Benelux
1st, Stage 2
2nd, Stage 5
1st, Points classification Tour of Britain
1st, Sprints classification Tour of Britain
1st, Prologue
1st, Stage 1
2nd, Stage 5
1st, Stage 3, Circuit Franco-Belge2008 - Team Columbia


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