Mark Cavendish on Tour de France glory, his Olympic near-miss, and why second place means nothing

Ahead of his 2017 season opener at the Dubai Tour next week, Cycling Weekly sat down with Mark Cavendish to look back over his remarkable 2016 season

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Despite coming to the end of the most intense, gruelling, and arguably most ambitious season in his 10 years as a professional, Mark Cavendish managed just a few days’ holiday in Abu Dhabi with his family before starting his preparations for the 2017 season.

Unlike the rest of the peloton who were enjoying their off-season rest from October, Cavendish was still racing up until the end of November at the London and Ghent Six Days, the latter he won with Bradley Wiggins, before he headed straight to South Africa for Dimension Data’s training camp. He squeezed in a couple of days after to lie in the sunshine before he was back to the training grind. It was the sort of packed schedule that summed up the Manxman’s 2016 season: unrelenting.

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