At Speed

At Speed

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By (author) Mark Cavendish

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 23mm | 461g
  • Publication date: 24 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091957621
  • ISBN 13: 9780091957629
  • Sales rank: 137,822

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The most anticipated sports autobiography of the year from Britain's most exciting athlete. Mark Cavendish is quite simply the most exciting thing in world cycling. With his self-belief and smouldering competitive fire, Cav has turned the animalistic hunger to win into an art form. Cycling bible L''Equipe has responded to his staggering success by naming him the best sprinter in the history of Tour de France. In "Boy Racer," published by Ebury in 2009, Cav told of his early years, culminating in his first experiences of the Tour. Since then his career has advanced at a lightning pace. He has clocked up another three record-breaking years in the Tour, becoming the first Brit to win a jersey in 25 years and the first ever to win green; sailing to final-stage victory on the Champs-Elysees for an unheard of four consecutive years. He won green in Spain's Vuelta in 2010 and spent the 2012 season in the World Champion's rainbow jersey; making him the first British cyclist in 50 years since Tom Simpson to win the World Championship road race. As well as being one of Britain's most successful sportsmen he's also the most popular, winning half the votes to become the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in 2011. But no one has ever claimed that being one of cycling's elite is easy. In 2012 Cav joined Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome at Team Sky. Still relentlessly ambitious, he had to learn his role within this hugely talented team, even at the expense of his own individual interests. And despite Team Sky's success at the 2012 Tour, Cav had to contain his disappointment when events conspired against them in the Olympic Road race a month later. "Cav" tells his very personal story of the journey to the top, and gets to the heart of the pain and the passion, and the guts and the glory of professional cycling.

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Born and raised on the Isle of Man, MARK CAVENDISH became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist a year later and in 2008 regained his world title in partnership with Bradley Wiggins. He switched his focus to the more glamourous world of road cycling, andis widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic rider to grace the sport in years. As well as achieving record-breaking performances in the Tour de France, he became the road race World Champion in 2011.

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"Cav is and will always be one of cycling's biggest characters and At Speed captures him perfectly" -- Chris Boardman "Brilliant" Telegraph "Fantastic... a real insight... funny, self-lacerating, brutal" Cycling Weekly "Ultimately the joy of At Speed is the sense that, warts and all, this is the story of a rare sportsman.who isn't afraid to speak his mind rather than trot out the banal, PR-groomed soundbites of so many of his peers . this book speaks to both the heart and the mind of true cycling fans" Velo Voices "The greatest sprinter of all time" -- Bradley Wiggins