Mark Cavendish says it's the "happiest day of my life" as he becomes a father

Delilah Grace Cavendish born late on Tuesday evening, mother and baby "doing very well"

by Simon_MacMichael   April 3, 2012  

Mark Cavendish celebrates (© Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse/RCS Sport)

During the past nine months, Mark Cavendish has won two of the biggest prizes available to a sprinter on the road, following up July's points classification win in the Tour de France with the world road championship in Copenhagen in September - but the 26-year-old has described yesterday, Tuesday 3 April, as the "happiest day of my life" after grilfriend Peta Todd gave birth to their daughter.

Cavendish broke the happy news in a tweet shortly after midnight, saying, "Delilah Grace Cavendish was born a couple of hours ago. She & @petatodd are doing very well. So proud of my girls! Happiest day of my life." It's the world champion's first child, while former Page 3 girl Todd has a son by a previous relationship.

Anyone who has followed Cavendish on Twitter during the past few months will be aware from many of the tweets he's posted that if there were a rainbow jersey on offer for being a doting father, he'd most likely be leading the sprint for that prize too - updates on his race preparation have been punctuated by news of nursery furniture purchases and other baby-related topics.

Currently, Cavendish is taking a break from racing to coincide with his daughter's birth, although he should be back in the peloton next month as he prepares for the Giro d'Italia.

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Nice one Cav.


Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [301 posts]
4th April 2012 - 8:06

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Happy days for the Manxman to be essex boy.

posted by pmr [175 posts]
4th April 2012 - 8:33


Great news. Nice name for the kid as well.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3476 posts]
4th April 2012 - 8:44

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congrats. Wonder how he'll cope with the sleep deprivation? Smile

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posted by joemmo [917 posts]
4th April 2012 - 10:18


If he were Jens Voight, he'd have cut the cord and left for a race.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [492 posts]
4th April 2012 - 14:44


Great news. Many congrats to Cav & Peta

posted by shot18 [55 posts]
4th April 2012 - 17:56


Great news. Many congrats to Cav & Peta

Sorry for triple post... Hate it when my browser goes to sleep whilst posting!

Still, triple congrats in order... Hip, hip....

posted by shot18 [55 posts]
4th April 2012 - 17:57

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Why why why Delilah? ha ha, no great name, good luck to them both, big year for them both... Dino x

posted by dino1968 [3 posts]
5th April 2012 - 7:38


Ah wow! I share two things with Cav now - the same time on my local club 10 course and now daughters born on same day!! My little bundle arrived 09:04 on 3rd April so know how he feels. Best wishes all round Smile

posted by BikeJon [63 posts]
5th April 2012 - 8:59