English cyclist Mark Cavendish ended his run as the cycling world champion with a gutsy performance that goes a long way in cementing his already immense reputation as a perfect team player in the Netherlands on Sunday, the 23rd of September. The Englishman pulled out of the running for the world championship after completing almost 140 km, during which, he had raced almost 10 km at the front of the peloton, despite knowing that he would not be able to retain the title.
And speaking to reporters after the event, the 27 year old admitted that the 140 km ride had taken a lot out of him, adding that he didn’t feel as tired as he was feeling at that time even after completing 250 km in 2011. Mark Cavendish had aided the push of fellow British rider and Team Sky team mate to help him secure the Tour de France title earlier in the year and he had no qualms about aiding fellow Britons Steve Cummings and Jonathan Locke last Sunday as well.
And in spite of surrendering his title, Cavendish managed to put on a smile on his last day as the world champion, officially. He added that with one minute to go before the start of the event, when everyone was at the starting line, he felt that he had just one minute remaining as the world champion.
Mark Cavendish admitted that he thoroughly cherished his time as the world champion, and he hailed his 15 wins in the jersey of a world champion as not too shabby. And having seen his status cemented as a team rider, Cavendish might be tempted to change teams next year and go for a team that will give him a better chance at securing his personal goals in the sport.