Mark Cavendish: Exclusive interview

Mark Cavendish De Panne 2009

Mark Cavendish became only the second British rider to win Milan-San Remo, 45 years after Tom Simpson won the race.

The 23-year-old from the Isle of Man had played down his chances of winning the Italian Classic, partly to lure his rivals into a false sense of security by making them believe he couldn't cope with the hills. But as Cavendish explains, that was all part of his strategy.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.