Hooray for Cav. After several of the home nations’ riders managed to wriggle out of the Commonwealth Games it’s good to see a major star still committed to riding in Delhi.

With Cavendish starting as favourite for the World Championships, no one would blame him for giving India a miss but the Manxman is having none of it.

“I’m very proud to have a Commonwealth gold medal back home and I’d like to get another one,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“I particularly like competing at the Games because it gives me the chance to represent the Isle of Man, and this only happens every four years.”

Four years ago he won the 20-kilometre scratch race and although he’s targeting the road race in Delhi it is also remotely possible that he could also manage to defend his track title on the final day at the velodrome, 48 hours before the road title.

It’s a refreshing attitude after the mass pull-out by Team Sky riders. Russell Downing, Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh have all cancelled along with their Kiwi team-mate Greg Henderson.

Sky may have become Team Shy. You would have thought that after their mediocre debut season they would be racing in all and everything until the very end.

That’s certainly the case with David Millar. Tour de France, Vuelta, half the Giro, World Champs and then Delhi: here’s a rider who gives his sponsor value for money.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

  • Michael Mace

    Oh come on.
    Leave Team Sky alone.
    At last we have a British Team to cheer at the top level.
    Also, please tell youe editor to stop using the words “sneak preveiw.”
    It is a bad use of our lovely English language and only real thickos use it.
    Mike Mace. Isle of Skye. Submarine free area.

  • Mike Jessop

    Fabulous effort by David Millar this year. I have noted with some dismay the muted comments by Eurosport commentators during Tour de France, even about his remarkable efforts just to stay in the race. Considering the sins committed by many of his contemporaries, I think the media have been grudging bordering on churlish towards him, but he still delivers the results and the team effort when it counts as Tyler Farrar will testify. Hopefully during these final years of his career we will see him put in some more flagship performances in the big Tours. He has certainly given this writer a lot of pleasure and brought me closer to this sport than any other rider since Tommy Simpson.

  • Tim Evans

    I have just seen the interview that Mark Cavendish gave on the BBC 10/11/10
    and I couldn`t help noticing that he was wearing a jacket with the “SKY” logo on the collar.
    Has he lft team Colombo HTC, or is he just teasing them?

  • Simon

    um Froome, CJ Sutton.

    Personal choice by the ridrs, just look at some of the swimmers suffering today

  • katie

    Come on Ken, whilst I take on board the health issue we must remember that Team Sky was the flagship for British cycling to showcase talent from the UK with the ultimate aim of providing a British TDF winner their season has been a disaster especially from the big hitters.
    Maybe the pros should be paid a day rate and for competing in races and the training associated with it. They are employed to do a job which is demanding but they chose it and they are in fact mobile adverts or the sponsors product. No show should equal No dough.

  • Ken Evans

    Seriously would you risk your health as a pro,
    for an event with no prestige in Europe.

    At the end of the season riders have other priorities.

  • Melanie

    The CG opening ceremony commentary said that Cav had made a last-minute decision to not attend.