Mark Cavendish

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Mark Cavendish Road cycling
Mark Cavendish (2016)
Mark Cavendish (2016)
To person
Date of birth May 21, 1985
nation Isle of ManIsle of Man Isle of Man United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
discipline Train / street
Driver type Sprinter (road) / endurance (rail)
height 175 cm
Racing weight 70 kg
To the team
Current team Bahrain-McLaren
function driver
Team (s)
Team Sparkasse
Team T-Mobile
Sky ProCycling
Etixx-Quick Step
Team Dimension Data
Most important successes
Olympic games
Silver medal-2008OB.svg Omnium 2016
UCI World Championships
Jersey rainbow.svg Road race 2011
Jersey rainbow.svg Madison 2005, 2008
Milan – Sanremo 2009
Grand Tours
30 stages Tour de France (2008-2016)
15 stages of the Giro d'Italia (2008-2013)
3 stages Vuelta a España (2010)
Green jerseyPoints classification Tour de France 2011
Red jerseyScoring Giro d'Italia 2013
Green jerseyScoring Vuelta a España 2010
Last updated: January 5, 2020

Mark Simon Cavendish MBE (born May 21, 1985 in Laxey , Isle of Man ) is a British cyclist . He is a three-time cycling world champion , twice in the Madison on the track , once in the road race . With 48 stage wins at Grand Tours (as of 2019), he is one of the most successful sprinters in road cycling .

Athletic career

Cavendish finished second in the 2004 Madison British Championships along with Ed Clancy . A year later (2005) he was third in the scratch . In addition, he became European championship points race in the same year . At the UCI Track World Championships in Los Angeles in 2005 , he won the gold medal in Madison together with Rob Hayles . He made it onto the podium twice at the World Cup races in Sydney and Manchester . At the 2006 Commonwealth Games Scratch Race , he won another major victory.

At the initiative of the head of the T-Mobile Development Program Heiko Salzwedel , he has been driving on the road with Ed Clancy for the German Continental Team Sparkasse since 2005 . In 2005 he won the British Circuit Road Race Championship in Otley . At the 2006 Commonwealth Games , Cavendish finished seventh in the road race.

During the 2006 season he drove for the T-Mobile team as a stagiaire and competed among others. a. the Tour of Britain , where he finished second twice and won the points classification .

In 2007 Cavendish received a professional contract with T-Mobile and immediately won one of the oldest Belgian cycling races in April 2007, the Scheldt Prize, ahead of his great role model Robbie McEwen . In May 2007 Cavendish won the 3rd and 6th stage and the points classification of the race "4 Jours de Dunkerque".

On June 19, 2007, Cavendish and the French Sandy Casar were the first professional cyclist to sign a commitment to the World Cycling Federation , which obliges riders to pay a fine of one year's salary in addition to the usual bans if they prove doping . Signing this commitment was a prerequisite for starting the 2007 Tour de France .

In the spring of 2008 Cavendish was able to build on the successes of the previous year. He was able to win two stages in the Three Days of De Panne 2008 tour . Shortly afterwards he won the Scheldeprijs again in a mass sprint ahead of local hero Tom Boonen , who, believing he would win, cheered too early so that Cavendish could still shoot past him on the finish line. At the Tour de France 2008 Cavendish was the dominant sprinter and won four stages, but got off before the first Alpine stage due to exhaustion and also in view of his planned start at the Olympic Games on the track.

Also in the 2009 Tour de France Cavendish was the dominant sprinter of six stage wins, but remained in the points classification for the green jersey behind the Norwegian Thor Hushovd .

At the Tour de France 2010 he was able to win five stages. Despite these successes, he did not succeed in winning the points classification there, which this time went to Alessandro Petacchi . In autumn he started at the Vuelta a España and, in addition to three stages and the team time trial, won the points classification for the first time in his career.

The 2011 season started rather sluggishly for Cavendish. After a stage win in the Tour of Oman and winning the Scheldeprij, he won two stages and the team time trial of the Giro d'Italia . After a long dry spell, the knot burst with him at the Tour de France . He won five stages, including the prestigious last stage in Paris , and in the fourth attempt the green jersey for the driver with the best points on the tour. In the road race at the UCI Road World Championships 2011 in Copenhagen , he won ahead of Matthew Goss and André Greipel and was only the second Briton after Tom Simpson in 1965 to become world champion.

After his team HTC-Highroad broke up at the end of the 2011 season due to a lack of sponsors, Mark Cavendish switched to the Sky ProCycling team for the 2012 season . After only one year, however, he switched from Team Sky to the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team for the new season . He had decided to do this because his team members often could not support him in the mass sprints and did not form a sprint train because, as in the Tour de France , for example, they concentrated on the overall standings with Briton Bradley Wiggins . He hoped for more support from his new team and got it. Among other things, he was able to win the points evaluation at the Giro d'Italia 2013 .

At the Tour de France 2013 he again won two stages. There was an incident on July 10, 2013 during the individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel when Cavendish was pelted with a urine bag by a spectator. This was probably a reaction to the previous stage, in which the Dutchman Tom Veelers fell in the finish sprint . As a fitting answer, he won stage 13 in Saint-Amand-Montrond two days later . In the same year, he succeeded in the Tour of Denmark and the Tour of Britain .

In 2014 Cavendish won his first victory at the Volta ao Algarve on the last stage. In March he won two stages at Tirreno-Adriatico and a few days later he finished fifth at Milano-Sanremo . The Tour of Turkey won four stages and won the points classification at the same time. Further victories were two stages in the Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse . Shortly before the finish of the first stage in Harrogate in the 2014 Tour de France , he fell and broke his collarbone . After his injury, Cavendish won two more stages in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and again the points classification.

In 2015 he secured the overall ranking of the Dubai Tour with two stage wins . The two one-day races Clásica de Almería and Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne also won. At the Tour de France he won the mass sprint in Fougères on stage seven.

In December 2015, Cavendish announced that he would compete in the third round of the Track Cycling World Cup 2015/16 in Hong Kong at the Omnium in order to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro .

In 2016 Cavendish moved to the South African team Dimension Data and signed for three years. For his new employer, he had victories in the Qatar Tour in the overall standings followed by a stage win. He secured further stage victories in the Tour of Croatia and the Tour of California . In the same year Mark Cavendish was nominated for participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ; it is his third start in the Olympics. There he won the silver medal in the Omnium .

In the spring of 2017, Mark Cavendish was diagnosed with glandular fever . On the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2017 , Cavendish fell victim to a violent fall in the final sprint 150 m from the finish, in which John Degenkolb and others fell . Peter Sagan , who later crossed the finish line in second, urged Cavendish et al. a. pointing your elbow to the right into the course boundary. Cavendish broke his shoulder blade and was eliminated from the competition; Sagan was disqualified. The decision was controversial, as it was not clear whether Sagan's elbow check was the cause of Cavendish's fall.

The beginning of the 2018 season was marked by several serious falls for Cavendish: During the Abu Dhabi tour , he collided with an escort vehicle and suffered a concussion. At Tirreno-Adriatico he fell in the team time trial and broke a rib, but still started at Milan-Sanremo . In this race he crashed into a traffic island at full speed, flew in a high arc over the handlebars and landed with his back on the road. He also contracted another rib fracture on the right side.

In August 2018, Cavendish was again diagnosed with glandular glandular fever . With this illness he had unknowingly competed and trained for months. It was unclear whether it was a new illness or a spread of the disease from 2017. In May 2019, Cavendish announced that he was now fully recovered from the disease.

After two largely unsuccessful seasons, Cavendish moved to Team Bahrain-McLaren for the 2019 season , to which Rod Ellingworth also moved, who looked after Cavendish at Team Sky.


Mark Cavendish has been married to former model Peta Todd since October 2013 . They have two children together, a daughter and a son.






Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - 132 DNF - DNF 145 127 - - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France DNF DNF 131 154 130 142 148 DNF 142 DNF DNF DNF -
Red jersey Vuelta a España - - - 144 DNF - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.


In 2011, Mark Cavendish was supported by the British broadcaster BBC to Britain's Sportsman of the Year chosen.

Individual evidence

  1. HTC-Highroad will be closed at the end of the season at, August 4, 2011 (accessed on May 27, 2012).
  2. Cycling world champion Cavendish changes to Team Sky ( Memento from July 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) at, August 11, 2011 (accessed on May 27, 2012).
  3. Cavendish changes from Sky to QuickStep at, October 18, 2012 (accessed on July 12, 2013).
  4. Mark Cavendish: The bully with the low voice. , July 12, 2013 (accessed July 24, 2013).
  5. Cavendish wants to qualify for Rio in Hong Kong. In: December 10, 2014, accessed December 31, 2015 .
  6. ^ Daniel Benson & Stephen Farrand: Mark Cavendish diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. In: Cyclingsnews. April 12, 2017, accessed April 12, 2017 .
  7. After a horror fall in the sprint: Voigt defends Sagan. In: July 6, 2017, accessed March 13, 2020 .
  8. Tom Mustroph: Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France: The world champion of the elbow. In: Spiegel Online . July 4, 2017, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  9. Cavendish suffers another broken rib near Milan-Sanremo. In: March 18, 2018, accessed March 18, 2018 .
  10. Greipel and Cavendish are out after falling in Sanremo. In: March 18, 2018, accessed March 18, 2018 .
  11. ↑ Professional cyclist: Cavendish again fell ill with glandular fever. In: Rp Online. August 29, 2018, accessed August 31, 2018 .
  12. Cavendish recovered from Eppstein-Barr virus. In: May 15, 2019, accessed May 15, 2019 .
  13. ^ Cavendish transfer to Bahrain - Merida shortly before the announcement. In: October 7, 2019, accessed January 5, 2020 .
  14. Marcel Segessemann: Mark Cavendish signed a new contract at the weekend: He got married., October 7, 2013, accessed October 7, 2013 .
  15. Cavendish voted Great Britain's Sportsman of the Year at, December 23, 2011 (accessed July 19, 2012)

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