I'm going to devote the posts for the next week or so to British Cyclists, a relative rarity among the athletes at the Tour. Here, above, is my all-time favorite contestant, Mark Cavendish, winning Stage 5 of the 2008 Tour de France. By last summer, he was being called The Fastest Man on the Planet. His stage wins have made for spectacular viewing, part of the reason, along with dear Phil Liggett's race commentary, why I am hooked. At just 25, I'm sure there is a lot more spectacle to come from him.
And besides, Cavendish is Manx! Which sounds really cool. [It means he comes from the Isle of Man, which also sounds cool.]