Team: Omega Pharma-Quick Step
After a quiet (by his standards) Tour de France in 2012, when he played the role of very-well-paid domestique at Sky, the Manx Missile has been given his head once more, this time as the main man at Belgian pro team Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The team pulls for Cavendish on sprinter-friendly stages, as HTC once did to such great effect.
So Cav is content again, at the heart of his new team, and this summer he will surely add to his remarkable tally of 23 stage wins in Le Tour, albeit in the face of stiff competition from the likes of German beast Andre Greipel and 2012 green jersey winner Peter Sagan.
At 28, Cav still has a good few years left at the top of his game, but it will be fascinating to see if he can continue to dominate sprint finishes in quite the ballistic style of previous Tours.
1985: Born Douglas, Isle of Man on May 21.
2005: First professional victory on stage one of the Tour of Berlin.
March - Wins gold in the Madison at the track cycling World Championships in Los Angeles alongside Rob Hayles.
2006: March - Wins Melbourne Commonwealth Games scratch race gold medal for the Isle of Man.
September - Tour of Britain points jersey winner.
2007: May - Tour of Britain prologue, stage one, points and sprints jersey winner.
2008: March - Wins Madison gold in Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester alongside Bradley Wiggins.
May: Wins on stages four and 13 of Giro d'Italia.
July: Wins four stages of the Tour de France - stages five, eight, 12 and 13.
August: Favourite for Olympic Madison alongside Bradley Wiggins in Beijing, but ninth-placed finish means he is the only member of GB's track team to leave China without a medal and he has a public falling-out with Wiggins.
2009: May - Becomes the first Briton to wear the pink jersey for the Giro d'Italia general classification leader after squad win opening team time-trial. Wins stages nine, 11 and 13.
June - Wins stage six of the Tour de Suisse to equal Chris Boardman's record for a British rider of 41 professional victories.
July - Wins six stages in all at the Tour de France, including on the Champs Elysees, but misses out on the green jersey after he is docked points for barging rival Thor Hushovd of Norway.
September - Wins first stage of the Tour of Missouri in St Louis for the 50th road win of his career.
2010: July - Wins five Tour de France stages including the Champs Elysees to take his career tally to 15 but finishes 11 points behind Alessandro Petacchi in the points classification.
September - Becomes only the second Briton after Robert Millar to win stages in all three grand tours after success on stage 12 of Vuelta a Espana. Goes on to win three stages and claim points classification jersey.
2011: May - Wins stages 10 and 12 of the Giro d'Italia.
June 11 - Awarded MBE.
July 21/22 - Docked 20 points in successive Tour de France mountain stages to see green jersey lead reduced to 15 points.
July 24 - Wins final stage in Paris to make certain of the green jersey, while winning his 20th stage in four years.
September 25 - Becomes first Briton to win men's road race at the World Championships.
October 11 - Joins Team Sky for the 2012 season and beyond.
December 22 - Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
2012: May - Wins three stages of the Giro d'Italia, but misses out on the points classification red jersey by one point.
July 20 - After playing supporting role in Bradley Wiggins' bid for the yellow jersey, wins only his second stage of the tour on stage 18 to Brive-la-Gaillarde.
July 22 - Finishes first in the final stage of the Tour, winning the leg for the fourth time.
July 28 - Finishes 29th in the Olympic Road Race.
September 22 - Reign as Road World Champion ends as Cavendish retires midway through the 267-kilometre race in Holland.
October 18 - Team Sky announce Cavendish will ride for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team in 2013.
2013: May 26 - Won the final stage of the Giro d'Italia and with it the red jersey, becoming only the fifth rider to win the points classification in all three grand tours.
Cav leads Omega Pharma for 2013
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