Mark Donovan: From getting my head kicked in at the Dauphiné to major progress at the Vuelta

Mark Donovan
Mark Donovan in action at the Vuelta a Espana in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mark Donovan joined Team Sunweb at the start of the year after several impressive rides at the Wiggins team in 2018 and 2019. However, with lockdown taking away the first half of the season the 21-year-old was thrown into the deep end in August with back-to-back WorldTour races and then a Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana - where he put in several impressive rides. Cyclingnews caught up with the former runner from the UK about his first WorldTour season and his hopes for the future. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.