Mark Cavendish is professional cyclist from the Isle of Mann in the United Kingdom and he specializes in road cycling and is one of the finest exponents of cycling ever to be produced by the British Isles. He currently rides for the UCI ProTeam HTC-Highroad team but he will out of contract at the end of the current season and he is already contracted to join the Team Sky with fellow British cyclist Bradley Wiggins already on board. Cavendish’s cycling career initially started on the track, where he specialized in disciplines such as scratch race, points’ race as well as Madison but since 2006, after he turned his attention to the road, he has gained prominence as a sprinter and has earned himself worldwide acclaim. He won the Road World Championship in 2011 as part of the Great Britain team which also had the likes of Wiggins in the team, with whom he shares a very strong bond of friendship.
Mark Cavendish was also crowned world champion in 2005 and 2008, earning the Gold Medal for himself when he competed on the track in the Madison discipline and here also, he had Bradley Wiggins as well as Rob Hayles in him team. Competing for the Isle of Mann at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Cavendish managed to outrun the pack in the scratch race to win the Gold Medal. In his first professional season as a road cyclist, Cavendish won a staggering 11 titles, with which, he equaled the record that had long been held by Alessandro Petacchi. Although he is yet to win the biggest prize in cycling, the Tour de France, Cavendish has already won 20 stages in this prestigious race that puts him in joint sixth position with Nicolas Frantz in the all time list of stage winners. With a total of 30 stage victories in the Grand Tour, Mark Cavendish is ties in 11th spot with Constante Girardengo in the all times list for stage winners on the Grand Tour.
He also won the Milan – San Remo Classic of 2009, and he won the points’ classification in both the Vuelta a Espana of 2010 as well as the Tour de France of 2011. He is still only 26 years old and he has signed for one of the most ambitious teams in the world of cycling and with a good team to back him, it is only a matter of time till Mark Cavendish wins the biggest prize in cycling, the Tour de France.