Monday, 12 December 2011

Mark Cavendish For BBC Sports Personality of the Year!

Mark celebrates winning the green jersey
Mark Cavendish has made the shortlist for 2011s BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) after capturing his twentieth Tour de France victory and the race's green jersey, before winning the Road World Championships in September.

Mark's achievements this year are phenomenal and he is bearing down on the all time greats in terms of grand tour stage wins particularly in the Tour de France. No Brit has ever won the Green Jersey before (awarded to the best sprinter of the Tour) and he dominates the sprint stages. Cavendish, who has now won 20 stages of the race in his career - putting him sixth on the all-time list, crowned his victory by winning a frenetic sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees following similar successes there in 2009 and 2010, making him the first man to have won three final stages in succession since the legendary Belgian Eddy Merckx in 1972.
Cavendish fever hits
Levenes Cycle Injury

Levenes Solicitors Cav-en a dish-cussion
I've been a massive fan of road cycling races and in particular Mark for many years now and if he wins the SPOTY, just three years after Sir Chris Hoy won it following his gold medal haul in Beijing, it'll be great for the profile of cycling in the UK. Good as Sir Chris's achievements were, track cycling is, stating the obvious, something you do on the track, but road cycling is done on the road, so the boost to utility cycling will hopefully be even higher. There was a definite increase in people cycling after the Beijing Olympics and we have also seen the impact of Sky sponsoring a major road cycling team with notable success building on the success of the British Olympic programme.
Some of our solicitors playing Where's Cav?
The signs are good for Cavendish as we have not had a World Road Race Champion since 1965 when Tommy Simpson claimed that title along with that years SPOTY award. If he can go on to win the Olympic Road Race next year (and it's the first medal up for grabs of the 2012 olympics) he might even win SPOTY again in 2012!

p.s. You may be wondering what the Cavendish masks are all about... it's in support of British Cycling's #CAV4SPOTY campaign. Read more here.

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Tim Beasley
Partner at Levenes Solicitors and big Cavendish fan!

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