Women's peloton 'making a future for my daughter' says Cavendish

Mark Cavendish speaks during the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team presentation in Spain
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Mark Cavendish is getting off to a slower than expected start on the 2022 season preparations with QuickStep-AlphaVinyl after suffering a crash in mid-November but he is looking further down the road not just at another year's lease on his professional career but how the growth of cycling has opened doors for British riders, including, one day, maybe his own children.

After a stand-out 2021 season that saw Cavendish win four stages of the Tour de France and the green jersey after being brought on as a late replacement for sprinter Sam Bennett, the 36-year-old's fortunes turned during the offseason. He crashed heavily in the Gent Six-Day and was hospitalized for several days with a collapsed lung and broken ribs, and then suffered a traumatic assault when burglars broke into his home and threatened him and his family with knives.

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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.