Sprinter Mark Cavendish shot to fame with four wins in the Tour de France in 2008, while he began this year’s race with 20 stage wins to his name.
In 2011 he became the first Brit to ever win the green jersey in the Tour de France while he is also one of only two Brits – as well as Robert Millar – to win stages on all three Grand Tours.
Also in 2011 Cavendish, known as the Manx Missile, became the first Brit since Tom Simpson in 1965 to win the World Road Race Championships title, taking victory in Copenhagen, and soon after he confirmed he would be joining Team Sky.
Away from the Grand Tours, Cavendish won the 2009 Milan-San Remo, one of the five monuments of cycling, and he was also named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2011.
Partner Peta Todd gave birth to their first child Delilah Grace in April. He was awarded an MBE last year.