Photo gallery: Mark Cavendish’s year as national champion

Manx Missile's reign in the British jersey comes to an end

Mark Cavendish’s reign as British champion is over after illness forced the Manxman out of his title defence in Sunday’s national championships.

Since winning the jersey for the first time in Glasgow last year, Cavendish has flown the British colours across the globe – achieving, as ever, much success in the process.

From Carlisle to California, Denmark to Dubai, the prestigious red, white and blue striped jersey has been given quite the airing.

But with Cavendish set to return to Omega Pharma-Quickstep colours by the time the Tour de France rolls out of Leeds on Saturday July 5 – where he will hope to win another prestigious jersey in theĀ maillot jaune – the national champion’s jersey will rest on someone else’s shoulders.

In all, Cavendish has raced in 12 UCI events as British champion, picking up 15 wins in the process.

Here’s how the Manx Missile’s year as national champion unfolded.

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