Mark ca vendish

Procycling - - Rider Diaries -

21 May 1985 – He’s never claimed to be ei­ther the great­est cy­clist in the world or one of the more com­plete. It could there­fore be ar­gued that he has no place on a list which ex­cludes the likes of Jan Janssen and Beppe Saronni, Charly Gaul and Philippe Thys. Why, then, have we seen fit to in­clude him?

First, we’d ar­gue that he’s the top ‘pure’ sprinter of all time. Ir­re­spec­tive of Mar­cel Kit­tel’s re­cent pre- em­i­nence, Cavendish has no less than 25 Tour de France stages, 15 at the Giro, well over a hun­dred wins all told. He’s won World Cham­pi­onship gold on both track and road, stage races, points jer­seys… He’s also hugely charis­matic, driven by a huge de­sire and near in­con­solable in de­feat.

This list, how­ever, is about win­ners, and two mo­ments in par­tic­u­lar dis­tin­guish Cavendish as a true cham­pion. The first is the 2009 Mi­lano-San­remo, ar­guably his finest ever gal­lop. In catch­ing Hein­rich Haus­sler on the line, he served no­tice on his great­ness, for only by win­ning La Primavera can a sprinter as­pire to the sport’s top ta­ble. He de­scribed it as “the great­est day of his life” but the green jersey he cap­tured two years later was maybe his finest hour. Here was a vic­tory for both his blis­ter­ing speed and his in­domitable will.

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