Britain's Mark Cavendish Won Six Stages At 2009 Tour De France
PARIS, FRANCE - 23-year old Mark Cavendish of the United Kingdom achieved exceptional results in last month's 2009 Tour De France, winning six stage races, including the final stage 21 race that finished at the Champs Elysées in Paris. theirEarth took this photo of Mark Cavendish at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2009 Tour De France in Monaco.
Mark Cavendish won the final 2009 Tour De France stage race from Montereau Fault Yonne to Paris in 4 hours 2 min 18 seconds. He, along with his Columbia-Highroad team-mate, Mark Renshaw, broke away from the other riders near the finish to score a first and second respectively. Spain's Alberto Contador from the Astana cycling team was the overall winner of the Tour De France, followed by Andy Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank Team) in second, and Lance Armstrong (United States / Astana Team) in third.
Cavendish started his quest for success in competitive cycling in 1995 at the age of nine, when he and his younger brother Andy joined the cycling league at the National Sports Centre near their home town of Douglas, Isle of Man. At the start Mark had great difficulty and he was finishing last in every junior event, but one year later he convinced his parents to upgrade his bicycle to one with gears and the tables were turned. Mark's determination to win translated itself into victories. A first win at an event organised by British Cycling in Manchester, helped Mark join the list of talent for the national federation in the United Kingdom. Cavendish's cycling speed brought him under the coaching of Rod Ellingworth, who headed up the under-23 academy for British Cycling.
In the 2008 Tour De France, Mark Cavendish also performed well, and he gained international attention with four stage wins. This year he definitely raised his game with a tally of six stage wins for 2009. Cavendish is one of the fastest sprinters in the world in Tour-type race events, and few can find the final energy that he can to peddle to victory at the finish in a low elevation or short distance event. When not impressing the world with his cycling ability, Mark enjoys spending time with his fiancée Melissa, and with his impressive performance at this year's Tour he's become quite a famous personality around Britain.
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