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  • Here's a long interview with Mark Cavendish from yesterday's Observer Sport Monthly. On the same site there's also one with Nicole Cooke and another with Brailsord and Boardman.
    guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/nov­/23/mark-cavendish-tour-de-france

  • I saw that yesterday, fascinating story... Didn't realise Cav was so hot on the dancefloor!?! The Brailsford/Boardman interview made for pretty interesting reading too...

  • damn thats a long interview, very good interview though and very interesting

  • Cav sounded a bit pissed off with the track program in an interview I read on the Guardian website yesterday. Bit unlucky that the madison came at the end of the program when wiggins was knackered.

    i can understand why the management would target the pursuits though.

  • I felt really sorry for Cav after reading it... True that Team GB got all the plaudits after Beijing and his TdF success was pretty much forgotten... He's gonna be so successful tho', I'm sure his future achievements on the road'll eclipse anything he could've done on the track...

  • I felt really sorry for Cav after reading it... True that Team GB got all the plaudits after Beijing and his TdF success was pretty much forgotten... He's gonna be so successful tho', I'm sure his future achievements on the road'll eclipse anything he could've done on the track...

    Arguably he's already achieved more on the road this past season than he could ever achieve on the track, i.e. 4 x Tour stage wins, 2 x Giro stage wins. In economic terms those are worth much, much more than a track world championship (of which he's won 2 I think).

  • I found all the mental strength stuff really interesting, channeling his will to win into extra power on the bike... I know that kinda thing's been said about sportsmen/other successful types a million times, but fascinating nonetheless...
    I'll be using that technique on the track next season... Early warning... ;p

  • Must have been pretty humiliating borrowing someone else's medal(to get an upgrade) to be told at the airport checkout 'my boyfriend follows cycling and you didn't win that'

  • personally I think if shonky airline girls boyfriend follows cycling he would have told her that Cav's four Tdf stage wins are on of equal if not higher value as winning gold at the olympics.

  • personally I think if shonky airline girls boyfriend follows cycling he would have told her that Cav's four Tdf stage wins are on of equal if not higher value as winning gold at the olympics.

    Exactly

  • how do you "quote" avatars like that ^.
    Oh and go Cav!

  • how do you "quote" avatars like that ^.
    Oh and go Cav!

    Right click. Cut and paste.
    But you know this, don't you?

  • right click on what? Cut and paste? no.i'm not joking...

  • He's right, it works.

  •     ![](http://static.londonfgss.com/customa­vatars/avatar2984_9.gif)
        He's right, it works.
    

    Right click, copy image location and just enter it as you would any old picture, et voilà!

  • In other news, I learn from The Times that Boy George lives on Ravey Street.

  • good article (for once)

  • I felt really sorry for Cav after reading it... True that Team GB got all the plaudits after Beijing and his TdF success was pretty much forgotten... He's gonna be so successful tho', I'm sure his future achievements on the road'll eclipse anything he could've done on the track...
    If you want recognition from the great british unwashed, kick a football. Cav earns way more than Wiggo and Hoy - an element of HTFU should apply.

  • God I sound like Dale there! Erm...what I meant to say is that he should get more recognition for an amazing season.

    The fact that the OSM has to explain what the green jersey is, however, shows how he's not gonna become a household name in the UK through his chosen sport.

  • The fact that the OSM has to explain what the green jersey is, however, shows how he's not gonna become a household name in the UK through his chosen sport.

    Not true. If they were writing about F1 they might have to explain the role of the safety car or how qualifying works. Everyone still knows who Lewis Hamilton is.

  • Not true. If they were writing about F1 they might have to explain the role of the safety car or how qualifying works. Everyone still knows who Lewis Hamilton is.
    More people interested in motorsport, innit.

    Most people could only name one professional cyclist (Armstrong). Until Cav wins TdF 7 times, he can forget being famous.

  • Eddy Merckx.

  • Eddy Merckx.
    You're not 'most people'. (Like your mum said, 'you're special' :P)

  • This is very true...

  • If you want recognition from the great british unwashed, kick a football. Cav earns way more than Wiggo and Hoy - an element of HTFU should apply.

    from cycling yeah - but Hoy's upcoming Shredded Wheat/Gillette contract will be worth millions..

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