Mark Cavendish is probably one of the best known riders in the Tour de France this year. At only 30 years old he has had huge success as a rider both on the road and track.
Born in Douglas, in the Isle of Man, he began his cycling career on a BMX but was soon competing for GB on the track, racing at both the 2005 and 2008 track worlds, and the Beijing Olympics.
The last few years have seen him commit to the roads, and he is one of the most successful sprinters ever to be part of the peloton.
When it comes to the Tour de France, he has some incredible records and stats against his name. He is the only person to have won 4 consecutive years in a row on the final stage in Paris. In total he has won 25 stages, which puts him third in the all time list of stage wins since the tour started (1st being Eddy Merckx with 34, second Hinault with 28). He had been described as the most successful sprinter in Le Tour history, and I'm sure he has plenty more tours left in him to add to those stats!
Last years tour ended on day one for Mark, after he crashed and had to pull out after the first stage, so I'm sure he'll be desperate to make his mark this year and get back amongst it on the sprint finishes and make it to the final laps of the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday 26th July.
This year also sees the launch of his own sportive in Cheshire, Chester and North Wales called Rise above Sportive. See further details at www.riseabovesportive.com @RiseAboveRide It is a great opportunity to ride on a closed road course designed by the man himself!
Another tip from Bon Courage is to watch the film Chasing Legends www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbv3N-qt2EI its a great film about Mark Cavendish's old HTC Columbia. Its a really awesome insight into the 3 weeks of the tour, and well worth a watch.