At the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen in September 2011, Cavendish became the first British rider to win the men’s title since Tom Simpson in 1965. It was an historic moment for cycling in Britain and the Isle of Man and the image on the 80 pence stamp shows Mark crossing the finish line celebrating the greatest victory in his career to date. The £1.05 stamp shows him resplendent in the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion. Mark signed for Team Sky in the autumn of 2011 and the £1.16 stamp features an image of him winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in Belgium in February 2012. Cavendish also features on a 50 pence coin minted by Pobjoy Mint in the UK, on behalf of the Isle of Man Government, which will be in general circulation as well as in special celebration packs.
On being featured in this special philatelic collection, Mark Cavendish said: “I’m proud to feature in this stamp collection and delighted with the images which have been selected. It’s a great honour for me personally but it’s also a reflection of the widespread interest in cycling now and that’s always great to see.”
A souvenir sheet of the stamps (available in time for 30 June to coincide with start of Tour de France) will include an ‘augmented reality’ feature, allowing the £1.05 stamp with a special label to come to life using an app on a smartphone, tablet screen or other mobile device and will automatically display a video of Cavendish winning the world title in Copenhagen.
The Mark Cavendish MBE stamp issue goes on sale on 19th June, but the set of stamps and the souvenir sheet (featuring ‘augmented reality’) can be pre-ordered at www.iomstamps.com