Mørkøv on Cavendish, Viviani and the fine art of the lead out

Michael Mørkøv
(Image credit: Getty)

When it comes to that age-old paradox that cycling is a team sport where one individual wins, you could say that lead-out men like Michael Mørkøv (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) feel it more intensely than any other kind of rider.

After all, no other rider gets as consistently close to seeing a teammate succeed (literally) as a lead-out man in a bunch sprint, often watching their leader raise his arms in the air just metres ahead of them. And in 2021 alone Mørkøv was lead-out man for teammate Sam Bennett in all seven of his wins and for five of Mark Cavendish’s 10 wins, including all four stages the Manxman took in the Tour de France.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.