Sport 5. Sports Personality? Cavendish should walk it Talking of British cycling… how can Mark Cavendish not win Sports Personality of the
Year now? He shouldn't need his bike either - he should walk it. What
he's done this year, in the Tour de France and now at the worlds, is
awesome. But that whole team performance in Copenhagen last
Sunday was brilliant, particularly the last 10km by Bradley Wiggins.
It's a brutal sport and these guys are some athletes. How could anyone
possibly vote for Rory McIlroy now?

Sprinter Mark Cavendish will have four support riders, the maximum possible, in his bid to become Britain's first Olympic gold medallist next July.

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Two-game ban is 'best possible result' for Rooney

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Hernandez signs five-year deal to stay at Old Trafford

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Two-game ban is 'best Rooney can hope for'

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Cycling: from bit-part players to leaders of pack in 12 years

Mark Cavendish's gold has crowned a remarkable decade for Britain's cyclists – but just how has this revolution come about? Alasdair Fotheringham reports

Cycling: Wonderful Copenhagen overflows with welcome signs for London 2012

With two golds, two silvers and two bronzes secured in Denmark, Great Britain's first-ever top spot in the medal standings in a World Road Championships could not have provided a better foundation for GB's road cycling prospects at London 2012.

Cycling: Cavendish keeps nerve to claim world road race title for Britain

Mark Cavendish snared Great Britain's biggest road cycling success in nearly half a century yesterday when he blasted to victory in the World Road Race Championships – and such was his and the team's superiority that Cavendish even managed to make winning a chaotic 80-man, 70kmh dash for the line appear almost like a formality.

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