Mark Cavendish

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Nationality: British
Date of birth: May 21, 1985
Height: 175cm
Weight: 69kg
Team: OmegaPharma-Quickstep

Mark Cavendish is one of the most prolific sprinters in the pro peloton and already has over 100 wins to his name. The Manx Missile is currently chasing Eddy Merckx’s record tally of Tour de France stage wins, crashing out of this year’s Tour de France on stage one has however lessened his chances of achieving this goal – as has the emergence of Marcel Kittel.

Having graduated through British Cycling’s Olympic Academy track program under the close watch of coach Rod Ellingworth, Cavendish wasted no time in kicking off his pro wins. He has excelled in stage races with 25 Tour de France stage wins and 15 Giro d’Italia stage wins. Cavendish is now one of the highest paid riders in the peloton with numerous sponsorship deals and partnerships with the likes of Specialized, Oakley and Proctor and Gamble.

In 2011 he was named as the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. Although he had only won 12 races they included two stages of the Giro, five Tour de France stages and the green jersey, and the road race world championship title. The following year he rode for Team Sky, but was released from his contract after the team failed to give him their full support in grand tours, instead prefering to support overall contenders like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Cavendish currently tops our list of British all-time winners

Project Rainbow Jersey: How British Cycling planned meticulously for Cav’s world title win >>

Major results: Tour de France 2011 | World title 2011 | Tour de France 2008 | Scheldeprijs 2007

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse warm-up for the 2014 Six-days of Ghent

No rest for Mark Cavendish

As the world turns on its axis, Mark Cavendish works while sprint rival Marcel Kittel relaxes