The professional bicycle owner Mark Cavendish, who is tied for the record for most Tour de France stage victories, revealed Wednesday that he and his household have been the victims of a violent dwelling invasion robbery two weeks in the past as he recovered from severe accidents suffered in a race crash.
In a Twitter publish that requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out the knife-wielding assailants, Cavendish detailed the early morning Nov. 27 robbery at his dwelling in Essex, England.
Police there launched a number of images of closed-circuit tv safety cameras that captured pictures of thugs getting into the Cavendish residence.
The robbery occurred six days after Cavendish broke two ribs and suffered a punctured lung on Nov. 21, when he crashed within the remaining race of the Madison occasion on the Six Days of Ghent observe biking competitors in Belgium.
It got here within the tail finish of a 12 months through which Cavendish, who lengthy has been thought of one of many best highway race sprinters ever, achieved one of many most stunning personal comebacks in cycle racing history in France.
“Shortly after leaving Intensive Care, 4 masked and armed men forced their way in to our home as we slept, threatened my wife and children and violently attacked me,” the 36-year-old Isle of Man native wrote in a tweet.
“At knifepoint they proceeded to ransack our belongings,” Cavendish wrote.
“Amongst what was taken, were 2 watches of great sentiment and value. But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy and dignity that my young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home,” he added.
“The effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heart-breakingly evident,” Cavendish wrote, earlier than including that “I beg anybody who may be able to help us with information” to name a quantity he gave within the tweet.
Essex Police in a statement confirmed the account, saying that the youngsters of Cavendish and his spouse Peta “witnessed the events.”
In addition to “two high-value watches,” the thieves stole a Louis Vuitton suitcase, in accordance with police.
“This was undoubtedly a targeted incident at the home of a celebrated British Olympian, who at the time was recovering from significant injuries resulting from a crash whilst competing, which was well publicised,” Essex Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, the senior officer investigating the case, mentioned in a press release.
“We are following a number of lines of inquiry as we seek to catch those responsible,” Atkin mentioned.
“It is likely the people who stole these items are attempting to offload them for sizeable sums of money and I would urge anyone who is being offered these items to please get in touch with us – they are stolen property.”
Cavendish throughout his famed profession has received three UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and 52 stage victories throughout highway racing’s trio of three-week-long Grand Tours.
He first received a stage race in Tour de France, probably the most prestigious of the Grand Tours, in 2008, when he scored 4 stage victories.
Cavendish had a number of years of racing setbacks after he was recognized with Epstein-Barr virus in 2017, and once more in 2018. He additionally suffered from scientific melancholy.
Cavendish didn’t race within the Tour de France for 2 years. He was solely named to the Deceuninck-Quick-Step roster for that occasion this summer season at practically the final minute after one other journey was dropped from the crew’s lineup.
Months earlier, Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere agreed to take Cavendish again on the crew provided that the rider acquired his sponsors to pay for his contract. Lefeverve advised him the crew didn’t have the price range to pay him.
Cavendish then shocked the biking world by profitable 4 phases within the 2021 Tour de France, giving him 34 stage wins within the occasion.
In doing so, he tied the 46-year-old file of Tour stage wins held by Eddy Merckx, the Belgian who is the most successful male professional cyclist. Cavendish narrowly missed breaking the file on the ultimate day of the Tour, coming in a really shut third on the end line on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Cavendish additionally received the Tour’s inexperienced jersey, given to the rider who wins the competitors for probably the most factors awarded within the occasion.
The Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar received the Tour de France’s normal classification victory for the second straight 12 months after scoring the bottom cumulative time over its roughly 3,500 kilometers of racing.
“Mark Cavendish is the greatest sprinter in the history of the Tour and of cycling,” Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme mentioned throughout the occasion. “His comeback is just amazing.”
Quick-Step confirmed that the crew and Cavendish finalized a one-year renewal of his contract on Tuesday — a day earlier than the bicycle owner revealed the robbery at his dwelling.