Cyclist Mark Cavendish says being a dad will make him harder to beat

Dad-to-be Mark’s no longer just riding for his team and medals - he’s riding to make his daughter proud

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British pride is everywhere this year as we gear up for a summer filled with sport and Royal celebrations. From shops stocked full of flags to supermarkets offering British inspired food, we’re all feeling quite jubilent. Even the Beckhams are offering their LA buddies food from the British Isles. But, for Mark Cavendish, 26, it’s the imminent arrival of his daughter with girlfriend Peta Todd, 25, that’s got him itching to get on the starting line.

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“A lot of people who have kids have said it’ll soften me and I’ll take fewer risks on the road. But, for me, it’s the opposite,” Mark told the Guardian. The defending green jersey star, who is training for both the Olympics and the Tour de France, is eager to impresses his daughter. “I’m riding my heart out for her,” he admitted.

And the dad-to-be hasn’t got long to wait, with his partner due on April 5th. It will be Mark and Peta’s first baby and Mark said, “I know every dad probably says this, but I don’t think there’s going to be a baby more loved than this one.”

Being prepared months in advance is clearly something Mark’s used to and his baby’s room is reportedly already ready. We’ve been busy imagining cycling-inspired nursery themes…

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