CAVENDISH BECOMES THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BRITISH RIDER
It’s a question that sparks heated debate whenever it is asked. Who is Britain’s greatest male professional road racer of all time?
For some it is a no-brainer. Tom Simpson. World champion and winner of three of the five one-day monuments of professional cycling – Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of Lombardy.
No other British rider has won as many of the very biggest races.
And what about Barry Hoban? Eight Tour de France stage wins and the Ghent-Wevelgem classic is an impressive record.
But in terms of the number of wins, you could also make a strong case for Mark Cavendish. When the Manxman won stage two of the 2009 Tour de France, he jumped past Chris Boardman in our table, with an incredible tally of 42 wins in just three years.
Cavendish is, in terms of wins, Britain’s most successful pro rider in history.