Mark Cavendish: Cycling’s sprint king to retire after 2023 season

The greatest sprinter professional cycling has produced will call it a day after a career of accolades, arguments and plenty of speed

The Times

Mark Cavendish was a young buck without a grand-tour win when, at the 2008 Tour of California, he took one of his legs off the pedals and sped past Mario Cipollini. The Italian known as “The Lion King” was still regarded as one of the great sprinters, before his post-cycling career was mired in controversy over retrospective doping tests and a prison sentence, but the 22-year-old Briton was having a bit of fun.

Cavendish was accused of disrespect, remarks he would never take lying down. It is Cavendish in a microcosm: happy to be brusque and quicker than you. And at the end of this year, the greatest sprinter professional cycling has produced will retire.

Surrounded by his wife and children, Cavendish used the final