Mark Cavendish has been a wonderful World Road Champion but all good things must come to an end... With that, I have removed the rainbow avatar from Twitter and replaced it with a road that is close to his heart... Here is the "full size" version from a trip to Paris in late 2011.
Mark Cavendish, in his last appearance in the rainbow jersey, won three of the eight stages at the Tour of Britain 2012, spending one day in the Leader's gold jersey, before falling down the general classification towards the end of the Tour and the lumpier stages through Wales and the South West.
Stage 3 - finishing in Dumfries
Mark may have won 5 of the stages - he crashed just prior to the final sprint on stage 1 in Norfolk, whilst he lost out on stage 2 to Leigh Howard in Knowsley Safari Park - Mark reacted by then taking stages 3 and 4 and the final stage in Guildford, with fellow Brit, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke taking the overall for a "home" team, Endura Racing, against the big Pro Tour teams who took part in this event.
Stage 4 in Blackpool and wearing Leader's Gold Jersey
Bradley Wiggins also took part in the event, before abandoning, unwell, after stage 5 - this being a homecoming for Team Sky and british cycling in general following the summer of sporting success.
Classic Cav celebration - final stage in Guildford
Whether this remains Mark's last official appearance in Sky colours remains to be seen, Twitter whispers suggest that he will be signing for the belgian Omega Pharma Quickstep team. Watch this space.