Mark Cavendish, a Brit from Isle of Man, is a professional road cyclist who rides for Omega Pharma Quick-Step. What you see is what you get with Cavendish – his fiery, yet professional approach is what makes him the world class athlete that he is. He is rarely out of the limelight or headlines for long.
Originally a track cyclist in the Madison points race and scratch race, Cavendish has competed on the road since 2006. He is a double Madison World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist on the track. He has won 25 Tour de France stages during his career.
Cavendish achieved eleven wins in his first professional season, equaling the record held by Alessandro Petacchi. In the 2008 Tour de France he won four stages, a then unprecedented achievement for a British cyclist. Then he surpassed this feat by winning six stages in 2009. He has since been described as the fastest sprinter in the world. Cavendish recorded his 100th career stage win at the 2013 Giro d’Italia and his 25th career Tour de France stage win at the 2013 race. Known as the Manx Missile, Cavendish is one of the most exciting figures in road cycling and will be for years to come.
For more about Mark check out his feature article in Issue No. 4 of Oakley’s One Icon Magazine.