6 bikes that shaped Mark Cavendish's career

From this 2008 Giant TCR to the Wilier Filante which saw Cav claim the record for most Tour de France stage wins, here's a look at the Manx Missile's bikes through the ages

Mark Cavendish on six different bikes ridden during his career
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Perhaps Geraint Thomas summed up Mark Cavendish's record-breaking Tour de France stage win - number 35 at Saint-Vulbas - best. "To see what he did today, 16 years after his first Tour stage, is almost unbelievable," he wrote in an Instagram post. "But it's Cav. Nothing's unbelievable".

Certainly the 39-year-old has made a career of proving doubters wrong. His longevity is remarkable, his dedication to his art unwavering, especially when you think the man he surpassed yesterday as the greatest Tour winner, Eddy Merckx, retired at 32. Cav momentarily did the same but the desire to pass Mercxk, to attain immortality, saw him go again. The doubters joined him, only to be silenced once more.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.