Mark Cavendish, a Brit from Isle of Man, is a professional road cyclist who rides for Team Dimension Data. What you see is what you get with Cavendish – his ﬁery, yet professional approach is what makes him the world-class athlete that he is. He is rarely out of the limelight or headlines for long. He's been described as the fastest sprinter in the world and remains one of the most exciting figures in road cycling.
Cavendish – who's known at the Manx Missile – is the most successful sprinter at the infamous Tour de France, with 29 stage victories. He's currently second all-time in career stage victories, five behind the long-retired legend, Eddie Merckx. Four of those stage wins came on the Champs-Elysses in Paris, the final stage of the Tour de France, and happened in four consecutive years. He has won the Points Classification at all three Grand Tours. Originally a track cyclist, Cavendish has competed on the road since 2006. He is a triple Madison World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist on the track. Cavendish has over 130 professional road wins in his impressive career to date.
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Fast and loose, constantly smiling and sharing the stoke, Chas has been a pioneer and fixture of the fixed gear scene since 2008. From racing Alleycats in crowded city streets around the world to rubbing elbows with continental and domestic pros in the fixed gear criteriums, Chas' unique approach to competitive cycling has set him apart. The "shred for stoke not results" philosophy has landed Chas on more than a few podiums but has also set him apart from his peers in a results-driven scene.
Chas has raced for MASH Transit in SF for the last 6 years, opening more and more doors through his committed relationship with one of the pioneering brands in the fixed gear scene. Highlights include bringing his team and the concept of team tactics to the Red Hook Criterium in 2013, and designing, testing and promoting multiple frames for legendary Italian bike brand Cinelli.
MASH, Oakley, No22, Giro, Cadence, ZIPP, SRAM, 44 RN
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If it has two wheels, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot can probably ride it at a high level. A French multi-discipline bike racer, PFP competes in road, cyclo-cross and cross-country mountain biking – and has excelled in all three sports. A world champion at one time or another in all three sports, the French racer has established herself as one of the most exquisite athletes cycling has ever known – and at just 24, she still has so much of her career ahead of her.
PFP currently rides for UCI Women's Team Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team. At 23 years old, PFP became the first-ever athlete to simultaneously hold the world road title, world cyclo-cross title and world MTB title. She's also a five-time elite world champion and a nine-time elite national champion across her three sports.
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Vincenzo Nibali is an Italian born road cyclist known as Lo Squalo (“The Shark”). Riding for the Kazakh ProTeam Astana, Nibali is known as one of the most fierce stage race riders in recent years. While he is very strong in stage races, the Italian has also proven himself at the highest level – he is one of only six cyclists who have won the three Grand Tours in their career.
Nibali's first major win came at the 2006 GP Ouest-France, a world class race. However, experts such as Michele Bartoli have said Nibali is most suited to competing in multi-stage races. He is a highly capable descender and bike handler, very good climber and good time trialist. Simply put, Nibali is an all-arounder. Nibali’s most prized accomplishment came in 2013 when he won the Giro d’Italia in front of his home fans. He repeated the effort in 2016, standing atop the podium in front of his countrymen with a beaming smile and his trusty Radar EVs.
Oakley, Pro Team Astana, Specialized, Sidi
Joaquim Rodriguz is a professional road cyclist who hails from Barcelona, Spain. A member of Russian Team Katusha, Rodriguez has quietly built one of the most impressive resumes in cycling today. The Spaniard, a smaller rider, is known for his tenacity and will to keep grinding in some of the toughest races on the planet.
Known in the cycling world as “Purito” (little cigar), Rodriguez received his nickname during an early season training camp with a former team. While enduring a tough climb, he passed many of his teammates making a hand gesture appearing to be smoking a cigar, downplaying the difficulty of the climb and the effort he was putting out. His teammates made him smoke a real cigar as a hazing ritual later in the evening, and the nickname remains intact today.
Racing professionally since 2001, Purito has secured the number one spot in the UCI’s World Rankings three times (2010, 2012, 2013). While this is a very impressive accomplishment, Rodriguez has made it clear that he won’t be satisfied until the World Championship stripes are his.
On his way to securing those three number one rankings, Rodriguez has secured podium spots at all three of the Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Giro d’Italia) and has won stages in each as well. Combine those accomplishments with wins at La Flèche Wallonne and Il Lombardia and you’re talking about a pretty impressive cycling career. Make no mistake however, Rodriguez is not finished yet.
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Over the years, Marianne Vos has won many titles and trophies – in just about every cycling discipline: cyclo-cross, road cycling, mountain bike and on the track. She's drawn comparisons to the great Eddy Merckx as being "the finest cyclist of [her] generation." Though she's achieved more than she ever imagined, she still has dreams she hopes to attain. Defending her Olympic title is a huge ambition and it is one of her main goals over the coming few year.
However, she doesn't only dream of Olympic gold – she also dreams of using her notoriety in the sport of cycling to open more doors and offer more opportunities to aspiring female cyclists, aiming to make the sport more accessible for anyone who wants to have a future and career in the sport that has given her so much.
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Lizzie Armitstead is one of British cycling’s success stories, having risen up through the ranks of the Olympic Podium Programme after being spotted on the school playing fields at 15 years old.
In 2008, following an injury-plagued season, Lizzie wowed the crowds at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, taking a hat-trick of gold medals in the points, scratch and team pursuit disciplines – officially announcing herself as a premiere talent in the sport. In the years since Lizzie has added countless accolades, taking wins and stages at major races around the globe, including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and world championships.
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