Mark Cavendish, a Brit from Isle of Man, is a professional racing cyclist who rides for Omega Pharma Quick-Step. What you see is what you get with Cavendish – his fiery, sometimes confrontational, 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, he has competed on the road since 2006. He is a double Madison World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist on the track. “Cav” has won 21 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. He continued his wins in 2009 by taking the Spring classic, Milan-Sanremo. Cavendish started racing informally at 12, as a mountain-bike rider. He lives in Manchester and Tuscany, Italy.
For more about Mark check out his feature article in Issue No. 4 of Oakley’s One Icon Magazine.