Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish


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Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are World Madison Champions. No surprise, these days we expect nothing less. To win the Madison requires a team of two riders gaining laps, or points, or both, on all the other teams. So how do you take a lap? 

The element of surprise is essential. Everyone is watching every move you make but sooner or later an opportunity arises. Handovers need to be made on the bends, with a lot of other riders around forcing you up the banking, giving the track height needed to launch an attack. A small increase in speed, a quicker hand-sling and Mark Cavendish explodes out of the bunch taking 25 metres before anyone realises what's happening. Even if someone anticipates the move no one in the world can hold Mark Cavendish's wheel, he is gone. Behind all hell breaks loose, other teams quickly form alliances and start working together, but Mark already has another 15 metres and is fully up to speed by the time of the handover to Bradley Wiggins

Even with 3 other teams working flat-out, Wiggins takes 20 metres in the first lap alone, then settles into a drag race - 3 against one. It stays like that for the next couple of hand-overs, the lead hovering just under half a lap, until Cavendish gets his breath back, restores the explosive energy and ignites the after-burners. The lead goes out to over half a lap and the crowd explode. Meanwhile, Bradley waits for the moment he knows will come when the chasers start to doubt, to question, to look at each other. Eventually, it arrives, Wiggins puts his foot to the floor and keeps it there until the chasers inevitably crack. There isn't a rider in the world that can hold Wiggins when he's in the mood

Portrait of modern day heroes - No 2

 

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