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Mark Cavendish is a cyclist competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Great Britain.

After breaking onto the international cycling scene with three Tour de France stage wins in 2008, England's Mark Cavendish dropped out of the race to focus on the Olympics. In Beijing the British sprinter competed on the track but — unlike the rest of his team — didn't medal. His road career took off after that however, starting with his 24 victories in 2009 — including an unexpected win in Italian classic Milan-San Remo and six stage wins at the Tour de France. Cavendish became known as the fastest man on two wheels during this time, and he holds the unofficial title to this day.

At the 2010 Tour de France Cavendish won five stages and earned the points title at the Vuelta a Espana — the third and final Grand Tour of the season. Cavendish followed that performance by winning five stages at the 2011 Tour en route to taking the points title. In September, Cavendish stormed to victory in the 2011 UCI World Championships road race in Copenhagen. In so doing, the 26-year old became the first British male cyclist to take the rainbow stripes of World Champion since Tom Simpson rode to the title in 1965.

Cavendish signed with British-based professional squad Team Sky for the 2012 season, where he rides alongside Grand Tour contender and fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins. It's unclear whether the team will focus on Wiggins' Tour de France ambitions or securing another points title for Cavendish, causing some to wonder if there will be a power struggle amidst the ranks come July.

During a 2009 interview with Cycling News, Cavendish defended his image. "Yes, I have a reputation of being arrogant," he said. "But, I'm the first to state my weaknesses and I'm the first to state when there is something that I'm not good at."

Cavendish hails from the semi-autonomous Isle of Man, an island of about 80,000 that sits in the center of the Irish Sea. But despite its size, it is known for producing strong endurance cyclists. According to an article published by the Associated Press, more than 20 top-flight riders are natives of the British Island. Isolated for years, the island has its own language, Manx Gaelic, and its own parliament, Tynwald. In the Commonwealth Games, Isle of Man athletes compete for the Isle of Man. "It's a beautiful island with some good people there," Cavendish told London's The Guardian. "I quite like the hustle and bustle of big cities but I know I'll definitely go back to the Isle of Man and settle once I'm finished cycling."


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: May 21, 1985
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 152 lbs.
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man, Great Britain
Current Residence: Quarrata, Italy

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