Cavendish takes top award

Rider heads to Team Sky in 2012

Last Updated: 07/12/11 4:30pm

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Cavendish: Will be targeting yet more success for Team Sky next season

Cavendish: Will be targeting yet more success for Team Sky next season

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Mark Cavendish has scooped yet another accolade after a superb season after being announced as the Sports Journalists' Association Sportsman of the Year.

The 26-year-old sprinter, who is set to join Team Sky for the 2012 season, was handed the award on Wednesday after a year that saw the Manxman notch up 13 victories including the Road World Championship crown.

The success in Copenhagen marked the first time a British male has claimed the fabled rainbow jersey since the late Tom Simpson in 1965.

The Brit, who is expecting a baby in the New Year, also achieved a life-long ambition in July as he finally won the elusive green points jersey at the Tour de France.

Cavendish, who found himself in lofty company with previous winners of the award including Tony McCoy, Jenson Button and Sir Chris Hoy, will look to target yet more success when he joins his new British team next season.

Other winners during the evening included Rebecca Adlington who claimed sportswoman of the year, while England cricket coach Andy Flower picked up the President's Award.

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