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Briton celebrates Tour de France win
Sunday July 24, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

It is not the overall title but the green jersey in the sprinters event. Mark Cavendish is the first Briton to win a jersey for 27 years, and his victory is being hailed as superb achievement.

Many of us skiers and snowboarders have been following the Tour de Fance closely, especially during the recent stages in The Alps.

We followed it as it tackled the highest Col in its history, the Col du Galibier at 2,645m, and when it made the famous climb to the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez on Friday.

The Tour de France is a hugely popular event with snowsports fans.

Many of us out in the mountains use a road bike or a mountain bike for fun and to keep in shape for the winter.

Cavendish started the final day on Sunday as the leading sprinter and was first over the finishing line on the  Champs-Elysee in Paris after three weeks of gruelling riding.

The overall title of the Tour de France and the yellow jersey went to the Australian, Cadel Evans.

The Polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains went to Sammy Sanchez.

For 26-year old Cavendish it was his 5th stage win in this year's Tour after he won the 5th, 7th, 11th and 15th stages. 

He is quite simply one of the best British riders of all time and is the first British cyclist to win the green jersey.

As he crossed the line in Paris he grabbed his green jersey with both hands and kissed it.

"I have been trying to get this for two years and I am so, so happy," he said in his post-race interview shortly after crossing the line.

"I am so proud of the guys who have worked so hard for this."

He was referring to the whole team who ensured he was in the best position to win.

It was a textbook victory and he made it all look so easy.

Overall he has now won 20 stages during the Tour de France and he is seen as one of the great modern-day sprinters.

It is the third year in a row he has won the final stage in Paris.

He is in the top ten all-time list of stage winners, only three behind Lance Armstrong.

Cav, as he is known to his fans, is a hero but many sports fans outside of the cycling world have barely heard of him despite his achievements.

He was born in 1985 on the Isle of Man and exploded on to the road-racing scene in 2007.

The next year at the Beijing Olympics he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons; he was the only member of the British team not to win a medal.

'Cav' has put all that behind him and is now one of the UK's best sportsmen. Some feel he may even be the BBC Sports Personality of the Year after his performance over the last few weeks.

His efforts were rewarded in June when he was made an MBE in the Queen's Birhtday Honours list.

And like many a famous sportsman, well footballers anyway, he has a glamorous girlfriend.

The Page Three girl and model, Peta Todd.

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She has completed several sponsored cycle races for charity and is the official pin-up for the 'Help the Heroes' charity.

She also has a snowsports connection as she has been down a bobsleigh track for charity.

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Photo of Peta Todd c/o her web site and 'Help for Heroes' web site.

See all the work she has done for the chairity here.

For the official web site of Mark Cavendish, see here.

There is news and photos from this year's Tour and it has just been updated as follows;

Mark Cavendish

Fastest man on two wheels.


The BBC has also paid tribute to him with some liking him to the David Beckham of the cycling world.

For the spirit of the mountains

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