MANX MIS­SILE: THE STORY SO FAR

Procycling - - The Big Interview -

2006

Wins four races for Team Sparkasse, the big­gest of which is a stage of the 2.1-ranked Course de Sol­i­darnosc. Is frus­trated at !ive top 10s in six stages, but no vic­tory, at the Tour of Bri­tain.

2007

Turns pro for T"Mo­bile and wins 11 races. His !irst comes at Schelde­prijs, and the big­gest are two stages of Cat­alo­nia. His de­but Tour goes less well, with a sin­gle ninth place and a DNS on stage 8.

2008

Hits his stride with Columbia, tak­ing two stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, then four at the Tour de France. His !inal win tally is 17, though his Olympic Madi­son tilt with Wig­gins ends in dis­ap­point­ment.

2009

One of his best years ever. Cavendish wins Mi­lan-San Remo in a spec­tac­u­lar sprint, and a ca­reer-best six stages at the Tour, plus three Giro and two Suisse stages to to­tal 23 wins all year.

2010

A slow start to the year, but Cavendish hits his stride at the Tour, where he takes an­other ive stages. Three stage wins at the Vuelta give him his irst Grand Tour points classi ica­tion win.

2011

An­other con­tender for Cavendish’s best-ever sea­son. He wins ive Tour stages, along with the green jer­sey he has cov­eted. The year ends bril­liantly as he wins the road race rain­bow jer­sey

2012

An un­easy tac­ti­cal co­hab­i­ta­tion with Wig­gins at Sky means Cavendish is lim­ited to three stage wins at the Tour. Takes a rare stage race GC win at the Ster ZLM Tour in the Nether­lands.

2013

Five Giro stage wins give him the full set of Grand Tour points jer­seys, but he is roundly beaten by Mar­cel Kittel in the sprints at the Tour, tak­ing two stage wins, his low­est to­tal since 2007.

2014

Cavendish has a dis­as­ter at the Tour, crash­ing in the stage one sprint in Har­ro­gate and pulling out. 11 wins is not a bad to­tal for the year, but only two, at Tir­reno and Suisse, are WorldTour.

2015

Cavendish starts the sea­son fast, with 13 vic­to­ries be­fore the end of May, and an­other GC ti­tle in Dubai. But at the Tour he only takes one stage, while An­dré Greipel takes four.

2016

Partly writ­ten o f, Cavendish roars back, with four Tour stages, plus a yel­low jer­sey, then a worlds Madi­son ti­tle. Comes close at the Olympic Om­nium and Worlds RR with sil­vers in both.

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