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Mark Cavendish helps out London cyclist - by fixing puncture

Former world champion wins some new fans after lending a helping hand

Former road world champion Mark Cavendish has a couple of new fans in north east London today - after coming to the help of a cyclist who had punctured and fixing it for her.

The Dimension Data rider, fresh from winning last week's Tour of Qatar, performed the impromptu service at Tottenham Hale, according to a tweet this lunchtime by Zahrfa Damji.

The cyclist, Fran Cutts, who is training for a John O'Groats to Land's End ride for Sport Relief later this month,  described Cavendish as "an absolute hero."

She admitted, though, that she hadn't realised at the time that it was Cavendish, whom she said was "just driving past with his wife and jumped out to the rescue!"

His wife, Peta, also joined in the conversation on Twitter.

The couple were only reunited this weekend after Cavendish spent five weeks away on the road, and she added:

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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