Austrian cyclist Bernie Eisel turns 31 today. Known as Mark Cavendish’s domestique, Bernie was the only one of the legendary HTC lead-out train who went with Cav to Sky‘s 2012 line-up. But there’s more to him than just being Cav’s road captain, ensuring he’s in a position to win. Eisel is a funny, intelligent and articulate man who, unlike a lot of bigger names in cycling, actually has something interesting to say for himself.
Breakfast with Bernie
If you’ve never seen VeloNews’ ‘Breakfast with Bernie’ spots from the Tour de France 2011, have a look. These little films give an insight into what it takes to ride a Grand Tour, from someone who is at the sharp end of a lot of stages. Treat yourself: watch the whole series.
A little history
Bernie turned pro in 2001, riding with Mapei, Francaise des Jeux and T-Mobile, which then morphed into HTC-Highroad. Although most people know him as Cav’s second-in-command, Bernie is also a formidable Classics rider. He won Gent-Wevelgem in 2010 and came fifth in Paris-Roubaix in 2006. Perhaps one day, when he is no longer part of the dynamic duo, we’ll see him churning up the cobbles chasing his own victories. But in the meantime, let’s raise a glass to the birthday boy. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!