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Former world champion latest star British rider to suffer injury out training

Mark Cavendish has become the latest of Great Britain's cycling stars to suffer an injury while out on his bike, riding into the back of a car that had braked suddenly. The former world champion suffered nothing worse than a bruised arm in the incident, which came on the same day as The Sun revealed that he and girlfriend Peta Todd had got engaged.

In a message posted on Twitter on Sunday evening Cavendish, who will ride for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2013 after a largely frustrating 2012 season with Team Sky in which the big aim of Olympic gold in London also eluded him, said: "Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training. Wasn't ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I'm relatively ok. If anyone cares."

It's not known where the incident took place, but Cavendish has been training in recent days near his Italian home in Quarrata, Tuscany. It comes less than a fortnight after Sky and Great Britain colleague Bradley Wiggins and coach Shane Sutton were both hospitalied in separate incidents in the North West of England.

As for those impending wedding bells, according to The Sun, Cavendish proposed to Todd in front of their infant daughter Delilah Grace at home last Sunday, the second anniversary of their having met at a charity event in California.

While Todd is obvioulsy looking forward to the wedding, she confessed she is dreading the first dance - what's more, her future husband is someone who was a talented ballroom dancer in his youth.

“The first thing my friends want to know is what our first dance will be," she revealed.

"I am the most uncoordinated person you’ll ever meet — all long legs and clumsy feet — and Mark did ballroom dancing at national level as a teenager."

During the Olympics, Cavendish had provided expert commentary at the velodrome for the BBC.

From what Todd said, it could well be the case that he's continuing to analyse the performance of one of Britain's London 2012 gold medallists in particular - Victoria Pendleton - in another of the broadcaster's shows.

“This is a guy who watches Strictly and critiques the performances, so God knows what I’ll look like next to him," she admitted.

A London wedding in October next year looks likely, although the venue is yet to be decided, as Cavendish explained.

“I’d marry her tomorrow in a register office. For me it’s about marrying the girl I love, I haven’t got my head around all the details yet," he said.

“All I know is we want our friends and family there, so we’re going to do it in London because that’s central to all of the people in our lives.

“A lot of my friends are based in Europe because they’re pro cyclists, and my family are on the Isle of Man. And Peta’s are in the London and Essex area.

“We’re planning to do it in October because that’s the only time I can get clear of all my other commitments," he continued.

“We were toying with the idea of getting married in St Paul’s Cathedral,” he added. “I’m allowed to because I was awarded an MBE last year, but it’s fully booked. It would have been nice, but it’s not the be all and end all.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't watch Strictly - even with VP in it. I can see Cav in retirement - spangly jacket and little Cuban heels winning that. Not the same as Olympic Gold but not bad.

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phax71 [284 posts] 3 years ago
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The fact that Cav even watches Strictly B••••cks at all is a very big minues for me ...  1

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Gizmo_ [1332 posts] 3 years ago
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Congratulations Peta and Mark.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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Had no idea Cav had been a ballroom dancer!

At my wedding, I enjoyed the ceremony, even the speeches, but the one bit I was nervous about was the first dance. I just kind of shuffled about, and succeeded in standing on the bride's toes...

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Edgeley [259 posts] 3 years ago
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Best not to tailgate a car. Silly boy. Mind you, we all do it, I suspect.

Anyway, makes a nice change for it to be a cyclist making a mistake and not the car driver.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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Cav's a pro, he wouldn't tailgate. He'd draft  3

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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@Edgeley, Where does he say he was tailgating or that it was his fault? I'm assuming you were either there, or are extrapolating wildly from the little info given.

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Edgeley [259 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone who goes into the back of another vehicle is to blame. It is normally cars into the back of us, which is of course much worse.

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IOM Paddy [38 posts] 3 years ago
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phax71 wrote:

The fact that Cav even watches Strictly B••••cks at all is a very big minues for me ...  1

Cav's Mum runs a dance school (or did) on The Isle of Man. He did represent the IOM as a dancer.

So I think he might be know what he is on about when watching SCD

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Marauder [268 posts] 3 years ago
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I might be able to bump my wedding date up in St Paul's to accommodate Cav if needed.  101

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Sustransoftie [14 posts] 3 years ago
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"During the Olympics, Cavendish had provided expert commentary at the velodrome for the BBC."

Purlease?

Cav = "expert commentary"???

"Like... y'know... but... innit???"

Gimme strength...  29

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alun [45 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

Cav's a pro, he wouldn't tailgate. He'd draft  3

He was probably just about to overtake!

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new-to-cycling [47 posts] 3 years ago
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So much for cycling advocacy wanting a 20mph speed limit. We are going to need car advocates to petition for 20mph bike speed limit to protect them from Cav.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 3 years ago
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Mr. Cavendish is not always capable of admitting any responsibility. Running into the back of a car is certainly stupid at best...I do hope he wasn't daydreaming.