Mark Cavendish bruised in training crash collision with car on day his engagement announced

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

by Simon_MacMichael   November 19, 2012  

Mark Cavendish and family (Gian Mattia D'Alberto - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

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.”

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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.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
19th November 2012 - 9:22

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

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [301 posts]
19th November 2012 - 9:27

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Congratulations Peta and Mark.

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posted by Gizmo_ [956 posts]
19th November 2012 - 9:32

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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...

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

posted by notfastenough [3465 posts]
19th November 2012 - 9:50

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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.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [194 posts]
19th November 2012 - 11:24

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

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8489 posts]
19th November 2012 - 11:28

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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.

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

posted by notfastenough [3465 posts]
19th November 2012 - 11:58

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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.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [194 posts]
19th November 2012 - 12:50

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phax71 wrote:
The fact that Cav even watches Strictly B••••cks at all is a very big minues for me ... Smile

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

posted by IOM Paddy [38 posts]
19th November 2012 - 12:56

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I might be able to bump my wedding date up in St Paul's to accommodate Cav if needed. Call Me

posted by Marauder [246 posts]
19th November 2012 - 15:02

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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... Rolling Eyes

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posted by Sustransoftie [10 posts]
19th November 2012 - 18:51

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
Cav's a pro, he wouldn't tailgate. He'd draft Wink

He was probably just about to overtake!

posted by alun [44 posts]
19th November 2012 - 20:21

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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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posted by new-to-cycling [47 posts]
19th November 2012 - 20:46

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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.

posted by Beaufort [184 posts]
20th November 2012 - 8:28

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