Mark Cavendish wins elite men's road race, Road World Championships 2011

Mark Cavendish pushed his way up the charts after his win in the World Championships on Sunday in Copenhagen. He jumped 13 positions, to ninth in CQ Ranking and was voted Britain's best ever cyclist by Cycling Weekly's web readers.

CQ Ranking classifies riders based on their results in the past 12 months, similar to how the Union Cycliste International (UCI) used to rank riders. Based on his points scored over the last year, since the Geelong Worlds, HTC-Highroad's Cavendish jumped from 22nd to ninth.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.