Happy birthday Mark Cavendish: 28 years and 101 wins

Regular followers of VeloVoices will know that I’m quite a big fan of Mark Cavendish – the term ‘man-crush’ is often bandied about by my fellow Voices – and so it falls to me to pen a few words about him on his 28th birthday today.

Where do I start? His 101 wins in 6½ years since turning pro? How about his 40 victories at the three grand tours – sixth all-time, the most among active riders and the second-youngest rider to reach this milestone after Eddy Merckx? Or the rainbow jersey he won in the road race at the 2011 World Championships, only the second British rider ever to do so? Continue reading

On tour with Sophie Chavanel: Tales from Flanders

We’re still not quite ready to say farewell to the cobbles, even though the Ardennes classics are well under way. Here’s another behind-the-scenes report from Sophie Chavanel, physiotherapist at French WorldTour team FDJ, who has kindly agreed to share her experiences and insights with us. Her first report explained how the team coped with sunburn, heat, niggling injuries and the wildlife, her second showed how the team and support staff overcame problems in a rain-soaked Tirreno-Adriatico, and her third focuses on the cobbled classics – hard races for everyone. Continue reading