“We knew he was on the right track, but the next thing was getting him to the Tour de France. There was no doubt in Cav’s head we would win at the Tour.”
Few in the world of cycling know Mark Cavendish better than Brian Holm, who first worked with the precocious teenager back in their T-Mobile days in 2006. He was also best man at the Manxman’s wedding.
The Deceuninck - Quick Step sport director tells us how he talked Patrick Lefevere into signing the sprinter when most had written him off, how Cav quickly refound his form and the dream return to the Tour de France.
Photographer Michael Blann’s beautiful book Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs is a firm favourite in the Rouleur store. Now you can see his stupendous large format images in the flesh at a new exhibition in Walton-on-Thames, accompanied by a series of live events featuring the likes of author Matt Rendell, Philippa York and Matt Stephens. Michael tells us all about it.