‘Now Cal is just nuts, not totally bats**t’
There’s few people as well positioned to know exactly what Cal Crutchlow puts into his sport and what winning does for the mindset than close friend and 30time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish.
Both friend and training partner to Crutchlow, the yellow jersey winner says his heart rate spiked even higher than Crutchlow’s when he was watching the Brno race on his way home from his silver medal success at this year’s Rio Olympics.
“I was watching the race on the app on my phone. It was incredible watching him pick his way through the field – but with five laps to go, my signal died! I got home with a lap to go, and rushed in screaming ‘get the TV on!’. ”
But with Cavendish a frequent training partner of Crutchlow’s (and the motorbike racer the match of the sprinter over some of the Isle of Man’s climbs), the Manxman also knows how much went into the win.
“He proper deserves it. He hasn’t had the easiest of times, but he’s always been there just chipping away. I always knew he could do it, and it’s dead nice to see. He works so hard away from racing, and he’s super good on a bike. People who don’t know him don’t always see what he puts into it, but those of us close to him know what it takes.”
And as the father of two kids of his own, both of whom have had the chance to join him on a Tour de France podium, Cavendish says that the birth of Cal’s daughter will only make him stronger.
“There’s been a massive change in him since Willow came along. Now he’s just nuts, not absolutely bats**t like he was before! Now that he’s doing it for someone, to make them proud, he’s got even more motivation. When he’s not on his bike, he’s got her in his arms – he’s a proper proud dad.”
‘When he’s not on his bike, he’s got her in his arms – he’s a proper proud dad’ MARK CAVENDISH