Bolshy but brilliant Mark Cavendish can win Olympic gong – and a knighthood

By October 10, 2011 No Comments

RAINBOW warrior Mark Cavendish ­bristled when one of his followers on Twitter dared to question why he was awarded the MBE…
Fawn over Brand Beckham, a marketing phenomenon in the California and District Sunday League, if you must, and pledge blind loyalty to our Formula One tax ­refugees. But make no mistake, ­Cavendish is a superstar – except in his own country…

It was probably only the second time in his career that he had allowed his cussed, plain-speaking ­character to be corrupted by vanity. The other occasion was the dental work to realign and whiten his teeth so that beaming smile, a fixture on the Tour since his first stage win in Chateuroux three years ago, replaced the untidy piano keyboard he hated in the mirror.

The gums became badly infected, and he recalled: “I almost passed out with the pain, then I was on ­antibiotics for 10 days and they wiped me out. I couldn’t eat and I was lying in bed for days. If I could turn back time, I would stick with my teeth.”

That smile will be worth all the pain if Cavendish lands Team GB’s first Olympic gold on home soil next summer.

And if he does, he might as well keep going to the top of the The Mall, through the gates of ­Buckingham Palace and wait for a tap on the shoulder with a ­ceremonial sword from Her Maj.

Then we will all be calling him Sir Cav….read more

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