Mark Cavendish FaceTimes man who got tattoo of him: 'What have you done?'

Paul James was in the cinema when Mark Cavendish phoned him

Mark Cavendish
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It would have been like looking in a mirror - a mirror integrated into Paul James' left thigh - when Mark Cavendish FaceTimed the man who'd got the sprinter tattooed on himself.

James, a personal trainer who lives in Jersey, had said to a couple of friends when Cavendish re-signed for Deceuninck - Quick-Step that if the sprinter returned to winning ways after a few years without a victory he would get a tattoo to honour Cavendish's comeback this 2021 season.

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Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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