'I owe my career to you': Mark Cavendish pays tribute to former British Cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel

The sprinter has shared his thoughts after his former coach passed away

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish has paid tribute to former British Cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel, who passed away earlier this week.

The German, who died aged 64, worked at British Cycling between 2001-2002, 2008-12, and then 2014-18, including guiding the GB team pursuit squad to gold at Rio 2016 with Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull. 

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