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Cavendish Collects MBE

World champion collects award from the Queen

Posted Dec 08, 2011 by Chris White

Mark Cavendish was presented with his MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace

World road race champion and 2011 Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish was at Buckingham Palace this week to collect his MBE from the Queen. The award is recognition for what has been a successful season – and career for Cavendish – who has become one of the best sprint cyclists in the world, if not the very best.

Cavendish won five stages of this year’s Tour de France, taking his overall total of stage victories to 20, and has made the move to Team Sky ahead of the 2012 season. By winning the final stage of the Tour in Paris, Cavendish became the first British winner of the green jersey, which goes to the rider with the most stage points after the intermediate sprints and stage victories.

The Manxman has responded well to his disappointments at the last Olympics, where he failed to live up to expectations by missing out on a medal, something he is in a great position to amend in London next year based on his current form.

“We talked about the Olympics and my event finishing on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace,” Cavendish said of his conversation with the Queen. “I told her to give me a cheer when we come past!”

“All the 2008 squad got their MBEs three years ago, so it’s nice to finally catch them up,” he said.

Is Cavendish the best sprinter in the world right now? How do you rate his chances of a medal at the 2012 Olympics? Tell us what you think here, on Twitter @ImagineCycling and on Facebook by clicking here.

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