Mark Cavendish reflects on his three winless years: 'I went from being the best in the world to one of the worst overnight'

He recounts how he was "mismanaged" by his team, which ultimately caused him to suffer with mental health problems

Mark Cavendish
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Looking back on his career, Mark Cavendish has opened up about the mental struggles he faced by going from multiple Tour de France stage race winner to a rider incapable of competing for event honours.  

It took the Manxman three years to win a race between 2018 and 2021, taking from his stage three victory at the 2018 Dubai Tour until his stage two triumph at the Tour of Turkey in 2021. During that period he battled depression and the Epstein-Barr virus, with the management in an old team exacerbating his problems.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.