Mark Cavendish took time out before the start of stage four of the 2017 Tour of Britain in Mansfield on Wednesday to talk with spectators – including one young fan, who evidently made quite an impression.
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As Cavendish walks out of the Dimension Data team bus, he stops to talk to three-year old Evan who wants to present the British sprint ace with a toy bear.
The two strike up a conversation, which is captured on video by Twitter user @markelse1972, with Cavendish asking whether he really wants to give up his bear.
“How long have you had that?” Cavendish asks him, before insisting that he, Evan and the bear have a photo taken together. Cavendish then carefully delivers the bear to the team bus.
Evan’s father later posted the photos on Twitter, and said that Dimension Data’s Bernhard Eisel had also given them some gloves.
The Tour of Britain is Cavendish’s first race back since fracturing his scapula during the Tour de France in July, forcing him to abandon the race.
The 32-year-old Manxman has been acting as support for team leader Edvald Boasson Hagen during the British tour, as the Norwegian attempts to claim a historic third win in the race.
The Tour of Britain continues on Thursday with stage five, a key 16-kilometre individual time trial hosted by Essex. The race concludes in Cardiff, Wales, on Sunday September 10.