Mark Cavendish is the indisputable greatest sprinter in cycling. With 30 Tour de France stage wins, Milan-San Remo, the Tour’s points jersey, a dozen stage wins in the Giro and Vuelta, multiple Olympic gold medals, and victories in road and track world championships, no other sprinter in history can boast as many prestigious wins. Widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic young rider to join the sport in years, Cavendish rode for the American cycling team HTC-Columbia and for Britain’s Team Sky, and now rides for the Belgian team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step.
Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005 and a Commonwealth Games gold medalist a year later. In 2008 he regained his world title on the track with British teammate Bradley Wiggins.
After switching his focus to the more glamorous world of road cycling, Cavendish set a new record of four stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France. He won six stages of the 2009 Tour de France and the prestigious Milan-San Remo one-day classic. In 2010, Cav won 5 stages of the Tour and 4 stages of the Vuelta a Espana. 2011 was his best season to date, when Cav notched 3 stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, 5 stage wins at the Tour de France, the Tour’s green points jersey, and won the UCI Road Race World Championship. Joining Team Sky in 2012, Cav won 3 Giro stages and then rode in support of teammate Bradley Wiggins during the Tour de France, which limited his stage wins there to 3.
Widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic young rider to join the sport in years, Cavendish rode for the American cycling team HTC-Columbia, for Britain’s Team Sky, and will be the most closely watched sprinter in the pro peloton in 2013 as he begins his season with Omega Pharma.