Mark Donovan completes first Tour de France weeks after family tragedy

Tour de France 2021 108th Edition 14th stage Carcassonne Quillan 1837 km 10072021 Mark Donovan GBR Team DSM photo Gregory Van GansenPNiBettiniPhoto2021
Mark Donovan (Team DSM) during stage 14 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mark Donovan (Team DSM) will ride into Paris on Sunday evening with mixed emotions. The 22-year-old will reach the end of his first Tour de France with much to look back on after a debutant performance that saw him form part of several breaks and work for his team but he will also have his thoughts elsewhere after informing the media that his mother sadly passed away just a few weeks ahead of the race.

In a short but touching interview with ITV, conducted after Saturday’s individual time trial, the British rider told reporters the sad news and said that he would be finishing the Tour for his late mother.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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.