Mark Cavendish MBE is the most successful road racing cyclist of his generation, and regarded in the sport as already being one of the greatest of all-time. In 2006 he won Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne, a proud moment for him and Team Isle of Man. It was a stepping stone to more success on the track, and then to an astonishing career in road racing in which he is sure to have more victories to come. Here's our guide to the 'Manx Missile' who has gold in the Glasgow 2014 road race firmly in his sights.
Name: Mark Cavendish
Home town: Laxey
Team: Omega Pharma Quick Step
World Road Race Champion 2011
Winner Points Jersey Tour de France 2011
Winner Points Jersey Tour of Italy 2013
Winner Points Jersey Tour of Spain 2010
25 Tour de France stage wins
15 Tour of Italy stage wins
3 Tour of Spain stage wins
Winner Milan-San Remo Classic 2009
World Madison Track Champion 2005 (with Rob Hayles) and 2008 (with Sir Bradley Wiggins)
2013 British Road Race Champion
2006 Commonwealth Games scratch race gold medallist
109 professional road race wins at the time of writing
Target events for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth
Cycling road race on Sunday August 3.
Aims for 2014
With the first stage of the Tour de France taking place in Yorkshire, and likely to end in a sprint finish, Cavendish has a rare chance to capture the yellow jersey of race leader by winning stage one from Leeds to Harrogate. Winning the coveted 'Maillot Jaune' is motivation enough - no Manx rider has ever worn it, and he would become only the seventh British rider to wear yellow since the world's greatest bike race began in 1903. What's more, Cavendish's mum was born in Harrogate and there are relatives living nearby, so a win by the 'Manx Missile' would be an emotional moment.
Mark will also be aiming to add to his tally of 25 Tour de France stage wins and take a few steps closer to the record total held by Eddy Merckx, who has 34. Cavendish is currently third in the all-time list of stage winners - Bernard Hinault is second with 28 victories. Mark will also be hoping to have another crack at winning the green points jersey which he won in 2011 - he is the only British (or Manx) rider ever to win the green jersey.
As soon as the Tour finishes in Paris on July 27 his focus will switch to Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games. He won the British National Road Race title in 2013 with the race taking place in the city and on a course very similar to the one which will be used for the Games. So he will start as one of the favourites, but is also likely to be a marked man for all of the major contenders for gold.
What do the Commonwealth Games mean to
"I'm super-motivated for the Commonwealth Games. It is on the course where I won the British national championships in 2013, and the Isle of Man has an incredibly strong team. I love competing at the Games because it is with all my mates, the guys I grew up with. We have been bashing around since we were juniors. It is not that often you can get to represent the Isle of Man - it is nice because I get to ride with guys I have raced with my whole life."
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