Mark Cavendish: 'Rod Ellingworth always stood by me when people you thought were your friends didn't'

While questions over his next victory continue to dog the sprinter, Cavendish's new team offers him something much better: happiness

Rod Ellingworth and Mark Cavendish at the Saudi Tour 2020 (Pete Goding/PA)

(Image credit: GodingImages/PA Images)

"Eddy Merckx's 34 stage wins at the Tour de France, is it on your mind?"

"At the minute, no. But I get asked about it in every interview so it's hard not to think about it"

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

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).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.