Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish rider profile >>

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. He began 2015 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.

The Manx Missile is currently chasing Eddy Merckx’s record tally of Tour de France stage wins, despite crashing out of 2014’s Tour during the British Grand Depart, and he now faces the biggest challenge of his career in the form of sprint rival Marcel Kittel.

Cavendish has made no secret of his ambition to win a second green jersey at the Tour, something his current form suggests is very possible.

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 preferring to support overall contenders like Sir 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: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2015 | Tour de France 2011 | World title 2011 | Milan-San Remo 2009 | Tour de France 2008 | Scheldeprijs 2007

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