CAVENDISH Mark < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA Isle of Man   
Gender Men
Born 21 May 1985 in Douglas, IMN
Height1.75 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Peta Todd, daughter Delilah Grace, son Frey David
Residence Quarrata, ITA
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding BMX at an early age, racing at the National Sports Centre in Douglas, Isle of Man. "I was always riding a bike, getting dropped in little races. My mum would laugh at me, and I said it was because all my mates had mountain bikes, so I asked for a mountain bike for my 13th birthday. The very next day I went out and beat everyone."
Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after meeting British road cyclist David Millar at a race in the Isle of Man.
Club / Team Dimension Data: South Africa
Name of coach Iain Dyer [national], GBR
General Interest
Nicknames Cav, Manx Missile (cvndsh.com, 19 Jun 2016)
Hobbies Motorsports, BMX. (omegapharma-quickstep.com, 07 Apr 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning his first stage in the Tour de France in 2008, winning Milan-San Remo in 2009 and becoming world champion in 2011. (cyclingnews.com, 16 May 2013)
Hero / Idol British road cyclist David Millar. (news.bbc.co.uk, 22 Dec 2011)
Injuries He withdrew from the second stage of the 2016 Tour Slovenia due to illness. (cyclingnews.com, 18 Jun 2016)

He hit a parked car and injured his shoulder on the sixth stage of the 2015 Tour of Britain. The injury forced him to withdraw from the race. (bbc.co.uk, 11 Sep 2014)

He was ruled out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, after breaking his collarbone in a crash in the sprint of the opening stage of the Tour de France. He returned to competition in August 2014. (theguardian.com, 06 Jul 2014; bbc.co.uk, 14 Oct 2014)

In 2014 he became ill after Milan-San Remo and missed several races, including Gent-Wevelgem, Three Days of De Panne and Scheldeprijs. (skysports.com, 07 Apr 2014)

He collided with a car and suffered a bruised arm while training in Italy in 2012. (dailymail.co.uk, 19 Nov 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you believe you will win, you will win." (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours In November 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Chester in England for his contribution to cycling. (cyclingnews.com, 15 Nov 2016)

He was named the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. (mirror.co.uk, 08 Mar 2012; bbc.co.uk, 29 Dec 2011)

In 2011 he was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE]. (bbc.co.uk, 11 Jun 2011)
Other sports He has represented Great Britain in road cycling. He won gold in the road race at the 2011 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jul 2016; cvndsh.com, 19 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives His wife Peta Todd is a former glamour model. (theguardian.com, 19 Jun 2016; dailymail.co.uk, 30 Jan 2014)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sport360.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Other information TRACK RETURN
He returned to track cycling in late 2015, having stated his desire to win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was selected to represent Great Britain in the final round of the World Cup in Hong Kong, China, which was his first major international track event since 2009. Alongside training on the track, he still competed on the road in 2016. (skysports.com, 08 Jul 2016; cyclingweekly.co.uk, 07 Jul 2016; britishcycling.org.uk, 05 Mar 2016)

MILESTONES
His four stage victories at the 2016 Tour de France took him to a total of 30 stage wins, putting him second on the all-time list behind Belgian rider Eddy Merckx. In 2011 he became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's points competition, and at the 2013 Giro d'Italia he became the fifth rider in history to have won the competition in all three Grand Tours - he had claimed the points jersey at the Vuelta a Espana in 2010, where he had also become the second British rider to have won a stage in all three Grand Tours. His victory in the road race at the 2011 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, made him the first British road race world champion for 46 years, and only the second in history. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Jul 2016; cvndsh.com, 19 Jun 2016; thenational.ae, 09 Apr 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Apr 2014, 22 Jul 2012; abc.net.au, 13 Jul 2013)

ROAD CAREER
He rode for T-Mobile in 2007 and its successor HTC-Highroad [also known as HTC-Columbia, Columbia and High Road] between 2008 and 2011. After riding for Team Sky in 2012, he joined Omega Pharma - Quick-Step in 2013, before moving on to Dimension Data in 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jun 2016, 21 Apr 2014)