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The tears of Cavendish

You may love Mark Cavendish; you may hate him. (I fall into the former camp.) But never let it be said that he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, or that he isn’t deeply passionate about the sport he competes in. That combination of passion and a fierce competitive streak, rarely far below the surface, has often landed him in trouble, but there can be no question that Cav is a winner through and through.

Here is the front page of today’s L’Équipe, the photo taken on the podium after Cavendish had won his first stage of the 2010 Tour de France yesterday capturing the emotion and release of pressure of a man who has been questioned, written off and criticised almost endlessly all season.

Today's front page of L'Équipe

Chapeau, Mark. Now bring us home another win today, will you?

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Father of three. Bit of a geek. That's all, folks.

4 Responses to The tears of Cavendish

  1. I fear I generally fall into the camp that is less than enthralled by Mark Cavendish as I find his oscillation between snarky rubbishing of his rivals and tearful self-indulgence rather tedious. But I don’t deny he is a very talented rider. I just wish he’d learn some of the poise and grace of many other cyclists, past and present.

    • Tim says:

      There’s no denying he polarises opinions. Sometimes I think he would have been better off being born Australian rather than British, as he’s much more in keeping with their national psyche.

      Even as a huge fan of his, some of his antics (such as the two-fingered salute at the Tour de Romandie earlier this season) make me wince. But the thing I do particularly like about him is that he is always the first person to give credit to his team for their support – he’s cocky, but he is also surprisingly humble. The media tend not to focus on that bit, though …

  2. Jillian says:

    He seems to come by his emotions sincerely!

    • Tim says:

      He does. In fact, there is very little of the carefully-groomed, media-trained, PR-friendly modern-day sportsman about him. Even though he sometimes speaks before he thinks and gets it horribly wrong, I like him for that. He comes across as very genuine in his autobiography ‘Boy Racer’ too – there is a chubby, insecure little boy in there who will always be part of who he is, and is a big part of driving him on to better things.

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