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Old 12-22-11, 04:08 PM   #1
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Cavendish Wins again.

Seems like you cannot stop Mark from winning. He has had an exceptional year and his achievements have been followed by every cyclist that I know. Here in the UK we have the BBC sports personality of the year and Mark Cavendish has won it for this year.

When you realise that Cycling is not a sport that is covered greatly on BBC TV.- and this award is voted for by the Public- he has done well.

His achievement is something like a soccer player winning the equivalent in the US.

Well done Mark.

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Old 12-22-11, 06:38 PM   #2
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Undeniably the best current sprinter. That said, he has a team that delivered him to the right place at the right time, in the right position to capitalize.

I would have expected a footballer to win that honor so good on him indeed.
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In my book he is a "bad boy" with over inflated ego!
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I think he's just a kid whose body matured much quicker than his social skills. But best at his specialty. Should become a US citizen.
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Undeniably the best current sprinter. That said, he has a team that delivered him to the right place at the right time, in the right position to capitalize.

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Yes, it will be interesting to see if Sky's leadout train can deposit Mark to his optimal position at 200 meters in 2012 as Mark Renshaw & HTC were so good at doing so far. And especially as Sky will have a yellow jersey contender in the Tour as well, so there may be conflicting goals.

I like Mark, I think his heart is in the right place. His personality is typical of young and successful road sprinters; you have to have a bit of ego mixed with killer instinct to be successful. Those bunch sprints are just as crazy as they look! I had expected Tyler Farrar to be giving Mark a good run for his money this year, but I think he's too nice a guy...

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Cav gives the best interview of any cyclist, because he puts his thoughts and feelings out there. I love that. I applaud that. He is also the best at minimizing his effort leading up to the sprint, the best at positioning himself for the win, has the most aero sprint posture, and has a kick nobody else can match. If you want to learn how it's done, you watch Cav. Not having Renshaw will really hurt, but I think Sky will get him up there, and they would be silly to give up stage wins in the faint hope of an illusive GC.

Congratulations to Mark!
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For Mark--For the world championships- he did not have the HTC team around him-it was Team GB that has a lot of the Sky Team in it. So providing he can be delivered- he will do well in the TDF next year. And although I cannot remember the events- He has won single day events before and with good opposition in those events. I for one am not going to knock him.
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I like Cav too, and while I agree that he has a huge ego (and as noted above) I also agree that it's absolutely necessary for a sprinter (at whatever level). At the same time, however, Cav is always thanking his team and giving them the credit for putting him into a position where he can work his magic, i.e. he is very generous with his praise to his team mates.

So that's the other (very important) side of the big ego thing. Be sure to see the movie Chasing Legends (if you haven't already) for some good insight into the workings of the team for and by Cav.

It will be interesting seeing Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) go up against Mark (Sky) in 2012!

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Glad to read Cav won the award. He has stepped up his game this year and all of the UK looks to have a bright future with Sky and the riders they have assembled.

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I picked up Kittel in one of the minor tours last year and he looked good.
Ah yes - I saw that - a hat-trick (3 stage wins) in the Tour of Poland. He was very impressive.
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Ah yes - I saw that - a hat-trick (3 stage wins) in the Tour of Poland. He was very impressive.
Plus, Kittel didn't have a lead-out train so I think a very different kind of sprinter than Cav. Should be interesting!

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I think it takes a special rider to get the talent Cav had in this past year's lead out to work for you. Those riders busted their buns for him. I would suspect they had a strong belief that he would finish the job. I don't know the young man personally. So, it's always hard to judge, but it seems from interviews that he has matured this year a great deal.
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If you follow Cav on Twitter, and I do, you'll see a humorous and even warm side to him. Sure, he has an ego, most every elite in any discipline does. It's almost necessary, and believe you me, they can back it up. How that ego is tempered as time goes on speaks of the mettle behind it. I think he's a good person, and I know he's a great sprinter and fine athlete. I'm quite proud of what he's done this year, and my heartfelt congratulations go out to him.
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A really good interview with Cav in one of the racing magazines. He was well spoken and gave a nice interview for my money. Here's to Sky in 2012 and to Cavendish having a good year. it will be interesting to see how Cadel fares again and how all these new comers will shape up.

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Well spoken? Cav has a Liverpudlian accent and that is a bit guttural at the best of times. Not exactly the queens spoken English.

But Kittel is one that should be looked out for next year. He does not have a team around him but got a few sprints in last year. All he will have to do is hang onto the rear wheel of a decent sprinter being dragged along by his team and I think he will be getting some results.
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