Mark Cavendish: Britain's top road sprinter

Information page on Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish

23 year-old Isle of Man native Mark Cavendish has proven himself as the next big thing in sprinting. In his still-young career, he's won world championships and Commonwealth Games gold medals on the track, stages of the Tour of Italy, Tour de France and Tour of Britain, a midweek Belgian classic and plenty more. He started his pro career in 2005 with Team Sparkasse, before moving to T-Mobile in 2007, which became Team High Road and then Team Columbia in 2008.

After the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish has his sights set on the Olympic Games, where he will team up with Bradley Wiggins to try to win gold in the Madison. Beyond that, he looks to have plenty more cycling victories coming his way.

Here's a selection of the articles we've published on Mark Cavendish on BikeRadar.com.

2008

BikeRadar's Tour de France stage 5 podcast: Mark Cavendish takes the win and Schumacher stays in yellow.

Columbia's Mark Cavendish proves he's the fastest: Britain's Mark Cavendish labelled himself the best sprinter in the world after claiming his first Tour de France victory on the race's fifth stage over 232km on Wednesday.

Tour de France 5: Mark Cavendish strikes: Britain's Mark Cavendish of the Columbia team won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 232km ride between Cholet and Chateauroux on Wednesday.

Mark Cavendish in British Olympic cycling team: Mark Cavendish will team up with Bradley Wiggins in the Madison in the Beijing Olympics.

Menchov, Cavendish, Pozzato and other Tour dispatches: Rod Ellingworth, British Cycling's Under 23 coach, was in Cholet on Wednesday to drop in on his old protégé Mark Cavendish. Among the reasons for his visit, said Ellingworth, was to discuss Cavendish's future objectives with the "Cannonball's" Columbia team bosses.

Mark Cavendish sets sights on sprint glory: Top cycling commentator Phil Liggett may have been joking when he said the three legs on the Isle of Man flag would come in handy for Mark Cavendish in Plumelec at the Tour de France.

Columbia Sportswear new Team High Road title sponsor: American cycling team High Road, currently competing in the Tour of Switzerland, has signed a new sponsorship deal and will be known as "Team Columbia" from the Tour de France. The California-based Pro Tour team whose key riders include American George Hincapie, Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen and Briton Mark Cavendish, has sealed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Columbia Sportswear Company, a global leader in outdoor apparel and footwear.

Mark Cavendish: tired and happy: This afternoon High Road's Mark Cavendish completed the Giro d'Italia on Milan's Corso Venezia - and with it his first major tour - and slumped over his handlebars. He looked at the stopwatch, then mopped his brow. But he didn't smile. Sure, Cavendish was pleased it was all over, but mostly he was just tired. Tired and impatient to get home.

Giro 17: Greipel and Cavendish give High Road 1-2: Germany's Tour Down Under winner Andre Greipel recorded his first ever stage win in a major Tour when he landed the 17th leg of the Tour of Italy in Locarno on Wednesday. The 25-year-old High Road cyclist edged out British team-mate Mark Cavendish, who has already won two stages on this year's race.

Giro 13: Cavendish dishes it out again: Mark Cavendish (High Road) made up for yesterday's near miss by winning stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia in Cittadella. The Manxman beat Daniele Bennati by over a bike length at the end of the 177km stage. Koldo Fernandez (Euskaltel) finished third.

Giro 4: Mark Cavendish wins bunch sprint: British cyclist Mark Cavendish, riding for the High Road team, prevailed in a sprint for the fourth stage honours of the Tour of Italy into Catanzaro on Tuesday.

Romandie: Mark Cavendish wins prologue: Team High Road's Mark Cavendish blasted his way to his fourth win of the season on the road Tuesday evening in Geneva, covering the 1.9 kilometre prologue course in 2'07.6. He beat two Liquigas riders. Daniele Bennati was the only other rider to break the 2:08 mark and finished second, while his Swiss team-mate Michael Albasini finished third.

Mark Cavendish wins second Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen: Britain's Mark Cavendish, of the High Road team, won the 207km Grand Prix de l'Escaut for the second successive year here on Wednesday just ahead of top sprinters Tom Boonen of Belgium and Australia's Robbie McEwen.

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish win Madison gold: Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish added to Britain's stunning medals tally when they won the men's Madison gold here at the world track cycling championships in Manchester on Saturday.

2007

Cavendish powers to victory in Southampton: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) retained the yellow jersey in fine style by sprinting to victory in Southampton after 139km of racing on stage one of the Tour of Britain.

Tour of Britain: Cavendish wins prologue: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) won the 2007 Tour of Britain 2.5km prologue at Crystal Palace Sunday, becoming the first Brit in the history of the race's 2004 revival to wear the leader's yellow jersey. Cavendish also won the E.ON King of the Mountains jersey by being the fastest rider to the high point of the 2.5km circuit.

Cavendish: I coulda been a Canterbury contender: After Bradley Wiggins in the prologue, Mark Cavendish was left wondering what might have been, after a fall late in stage one of the Tour de France from London to Canterbury ended his dreams of a debut stage win.

Cavendish stars in Revolution opener: The first Revolution track meet of the 2007/2008 season took place at England's Manchester velodrome on Saturday, October 20th - an unfortunate clash with the rugby world cup final. The star of the show was T-Mobile's top sprinter Mark Cavendish and the Manxman didn't disappoint, winning the opening motor paced scratch race and teaming up with Ed Clancy to win the 1km Madison time trial.

Cavendish and Thomas head to head at Revolution: After completing their rookie year in the ranks of the pro peloton, British duo Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas head into a winter track season which will serve as crucial preparation for next year's Beijing Olympics.

2006

Cavendish and Manning denied by Willems: Britons Mark Cavendish, riding as a stagiaire for T-Mobile, and Paul Manning, riding for Landbouwkrediet, were denied a prestigious victory in their home tour by a mixture of bad luck and Belgian cunning as Frederik Willems (Chocolade Jacques) hung on to win the fourth stage in Birmingham.

Cavendish aims for Langkawi stage: Twenty year old Great Britain team rider Mark Cavendish finished fourth on Saturday's second stage of the Tour de Langkawi, sprinting in hot on the heels of winner Ruben Bongiorno, race leader Maximiliano Richeze and points leader Steffen Radochla. But it could have been a much better finish for Cavendish, who has already shown his speed against the professionals in events such as the Tour of Britain, most noticeably winning the bunch sprint into Blackpool last year to take third on the stage.

Cavendish takes stage win in the Four Days of Dunkirk: In what is proving a happy hunting ground for British riders, T Mobile's Mark Cavendish won the third stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk, adding to the prologue victory of Bradley Wiggins on Tuesday.

Shorts: Contador, Saiz, Gorospe, Cavendish, Obree: Very promising British sprinter Mark Cavendish, 20, is set to make his debut as a stagiaire for T-Mobile in the Regio Tour in Germany starting on Wednesday. His team will be led Andreas Klden, in his first race since the Tour de France, with Michael Rogers also in the line-up. Cavendish, who finished fourth in the recent Sparkassen Giro behind Jens Voigt, is likely to be working for sprinters Andr Korff and Andre Greipel.

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