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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Cycling: Wonderful Copenhagen overflows with welcome signs for London 2012

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