Mark Cavendish: A year in the life

Mark Cavendish, stage winner, Tour of Britain 2013, stage seven

In the January 2014 edition of Cycle Sport Lionel Birnie takes a look back at Mark Cavendish's year. Although many claim it as a failure, it was actually one of the Manxman's most successful seasons yet.

As dusk turned to night on the Champs-Elysèes, the riders returned wearily to their team buses, their Tour de France done.

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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.