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Cavendish gets season off to winning ways at home race

Cycling News
January 3, 20:18,
January 3, 20:19
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, January 4, 2014
Mark Cavendish rolls to the start line

Mark Cavendish rolls to the start line

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Manxman beats Kennaugh in sprint finish

Mark Cavendish didn't wait long to take the first win of his new season by beating Peter Kennaugh in a two-man sprint finish on the Isle of Man.

Cavendish returned to the island for the Christmas break and took part in the local hamper race before he left. The race attracted a number of professionals, including Team Sky rider Kennaugh, Raleigh rider Mark Christian and former Saxo Bank rider Jonny Bellis.

There was no catching him once he made his escape, with Kennaugh and Christian, as the trio hit 40mph on some parts of the course. It may have been an amateur race, but Cavendish was pushed hard by Kennaugh in the sprint, although there was little doubt as to who would be the final victor.

Cavendish will be heading to his first Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp of the year next week, before officially beginning his season at the Tour de San Luis.

The Chicken 8 months ago
Cavendish looks like he's consumed a few too many hampers this off-season.
wirral 8 months ago
Every year, without fail, some clown comes up with this. From one photo.
HeckIer 8 months ago
Considering he won't be peaking until six months from now I'm sincerely glad he's not at his racing weight!
Moose McKnuckles 8 months ago
Nice to see that Cavendish hasn't missed a meal this off-season.
Huxster 8 months ago
No thats a front loading Camelbak
wirral 8 months ago
Why wasn't this on Eurosport? :(
Raoul Duke 8 months ago
From what I have read, Cav always comes in with a few too many kilo's early season so no surprise there. He'll be ready to do the business when the time comes.
mattghg 8 months ago
It would be great if CN could get around to updating the rider profiles on its website. At the bottom of this page we have Mark Cavendish "Looking ahead to 2012"!
bbianchi 8 months ago
weight?! worried more about his teeth!! say "toothbrush" Marky!
Moose McKnuckles 8 months ago
I like Cavendish, but British fans are complete tools. They jump like lemmings every time somebody makes a critical comment about a British rider, regardless of whether it is in jest or not.