Cav's road back to the Tour de France

At the end of the 2020 season Mark Cavendish was out of contract and, he thought, out of options. Now he's back winning stages of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish
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After three seasons blighted by illness and injury, Mark Cavendish surprised everyone, including himself, by gaining selection for the Tour de France. Now, in one of the sports biggest comeback stories, he's winning stages again. Peter Cossins investigates how he climbed back to the sport’s summit

The bright, hot light of a Mediterranean spring creeps under the roof of the Athens Velodrome. On the track apron in a pile of exhausted twisted limbs, lies one of cycling’s true greats, Mark Cavendish. 

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.