Mark Cavendish

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

Mark Cavendish is already established as one of the greatest British cyclists of all time, with more than 100 wins to his name. His 2015 season, however, has been a story of two halves. He began in typically authoritative style, first taking overall victory in the Dubai Tour and following up with victory in the one-day Classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Cavendish’s name is synonymous with the Tour de France, however, and this year’s edition was a disappointment by his exceptionally high standards. One stage win is a relatively poor haul for the Manx Missile, but it does lift him to 26 Tour stage victories in total, just two behind the legendary Bernard Hinault. Hinault is second on the all-time list, after Eddy Merckx.

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 15 Giro d’Italia victories to go with his incredible haul in Le Tour. 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 preferring to support overall contenders like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Cavendish currently tops our list of British all-time winners.

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Major results: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2015 | Tour de France 2011 | World title 2011 | Milan-San Remo 2009 | Tour de France 2008 | Scheldeprijs 2007