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.

Cycling: Cavendish free to join Sky after HTC team folds

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Bike rental schemes 'saving lives in cities'

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Huge fall in deaths from drink-driving

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Good vibrations? The revolutionary bike that guarantees a bumpy ride

Tom Peck samples the latest in high-intensity training equipment

Cycling: Cavendish coy about his decision on switching teams

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Harriet Walker: Some things just can't be prettified

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Boy cyclist dies after collision with a deer

A 15-year-old has died after he collided with a deer while cycling with friends along a country lane.

Repairs for 1948 Olympics velodrome

Repair work has begun to save the decaying Herne Hill Velodrome, the home of the 1948 Olympic cycling competition.

Police must pay more for pensions

Police officers will have to pay an average of an extra £1,000 a year into their pension under Government plans.

Bright tomorrows – but only if we fight crime and learn to get along

Think-tank sees hope for humanity, but it also warns of dire dangers

Being Modern: Cycling to work

Allez! AlleZ! That was the sound of the fans in the Tour de France as the pros whipped on by. And possibly the sound of the Franglais accent in your head as you strain away from the traffic lights, like Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile himself, racing your fellow coureurs to... well, to the next set of traffic lights as you make your way to work in the morning.

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