Mark Cavendish Dave Rayner dinner 2008

He may have left the Beijing Olympic games as the only British track rider without a medal, but Mark Cavendish re-wrote the history books in 2008 by becoming the first British rider to win four stages of the Tour de France in one year.

Reflecting his status as a sporting icon in Britain, Cavendish's feat of 17 professional victories last year has been honoured as 'Best Individual Sporting Achievement' by Observer Sport Monthly in its annual awards.

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