Mark Donovan and the art of developing patiently: 'Steady on now, let’s see the bigger picture and look at what people used to do'

The DSM rider is entering his third year with the Dutch team

Mark Donovan
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In a world where early-twenty-somethings don’t just win bike races but dominate them, there’s something quite refreshing in Mark Donovan. At just 22 and tipped to produce his own eye-catching performances, he is calling for patience.

“It's a difficult one, actually, also hard because I’ve never experienced how it was before,” the Team DSM rider tells Cycling Weekly. “You do have to take a step back and say, ‘I’m 22’. [Tadej] Pogačar won his first Tour when he was 22 but I’m not in a position to do that. It’s like, OK, steady on now, let’s see the bigger picture and look at what people used to do.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.