Mark Cavendish: It's nice to be competitive again

Tour of Oman 2022 - stage 2
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Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) claimed his first victory of the 2022 season on the second stage of the Tour of Oman, upgrading from his second place in the opening sprint to claim the 157th win of his long and successful career.

The Manxman revealed to the media at the Tour of Oman, including Cyclingnews, that he had only been back on the bike for six weeks before starting the race. His winter was disrupted first by a heavy crash at the Gent Six which saw him hospitalised with a collapsed lung and broken ribs, and then by an armed burglary at his family home. 

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.