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1st World Road Championships 2011
1st World Track Championships, Madison 2005, 2008
1st Points competition, Tour de France 2011
25 stage wins, Tour de France 2008-13
15 stage wins, Giro d’Italia, 2008-13
1st Points competition, Vuelta a España 2010
3 stages wins, Vuelta a España 2010
1st Milan-San Remo 2009
1st Scheleprijs 2007, 2008, 2011
2nd Points competition, Tour de France 2009, 2010
Looking ahead to 2012
It will be hard for Mark Cavendish to top his 2011 season, winning the green jersey in the Tour de France and the rainbow stripes of World Champion – but Cavendish has big dreams, and they’re centred around July, riding the Tour de France and then the Olympic road race in London. Not that the rest of the peloton will be making it easy for him – and it will be interesting to see whether the move from HTC to Sky will affect his racing. Whatever happens, there are sure to be the usual fireworks!
It was a huge year for Cavendish – his three stage wins at the Giro d’Italia and his win at Scheldeprijs were all just a warm-up for his big campaign to finally win the Points jersey at the Tour de France – and despite fears that the changes to the competition would rule him out of it, he won the jersey in fine style, taking five stage wins in the process, and bringing his total number of Tour victories to twenty.
That could be seen as enough for most riders – but Cav was determined to go one better, and with the World Championships course perfectly suited to his skills, and Team GB taking the lead for most of the race, he was perfectly set up to become a World Champion for the third time, adding the Road jersey to his two track titles.
The year started badly for Cavendish, after complications from dental surgery impacted on his riding, and was followed by controversies in Stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse and the first stage of the Tour de France. But although he didn’t meet his goals of the Green Jersey and the World Champion title, his results more than made up for the rest of the year, and his Vuelta wins meant he had won stages in every Grand Tour.
2nd Points competition, Tour de France
1st Stages 5, 6,11,18 & 20, Tour de France
1st Points competition, Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1, 12, 13 & 18, Vuelta a España
Stages wins in the Tour of California, Tour de Romandie& Volta a Catalunya
Cavendish’s win in Milan-San Remo, sprinting to beat Heinrich Haussler right on the line, answered anyone who thought he couldn’t make it over mountains. Other highlights included his six wins at the Tour de France, four at the Giro d’Italia, and becoming the first British rider to ever wear the Giro’s magliarosa.
2ndPoints competition, Tour de France
1st Stages 2, 3, 10, 11, 19, 21, Tour de France
1st Stages 1, 9, 11, 13, Giro d’Italia
Stage 2 in Maglia Rosa, Giro d’Italia
1st Milan San Remo
Stages wins in the Tour of California, Tour de Suisse &Tirreno-Adriatico
After starting the year winning the Madison World Champion jersey with Bradley Wiggins, Cavendish went on to show what he was capable of on the road, winning his first Grand Tour stages in the Giro d’Italia and four stage at the Tour de France. He left the Tour early to race the Madison in the Olympics, but was disappointed to finish ninth.
1st Stages 5, 8,12,13 Tour de France
1st Stages 4 and 13, Giro d’italia
1st Madison, Track World Championships
9th Madison, Olympic Games
Cavendish’s first road season as a pro included 11 wins, including Scheldeprijs and two stages of the Volta a Catalunya, but crashes in the tour de France meant he couldn’t show what he was capable of, and he abandoned on stage 8.
2 stages and 2nd in points competition, Volta a Catalunya
1st, Scratch race, Commonwealth Games
1st Madison, Track World Championships