Cyclist Mark Cavendish given Freedom of Douglas

Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish was nominated for the Freedom of Douglas in 2008

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Isle of Man cycling star Mark Cavendish has received the Freedom of Douglas, his home town.

Cavendish was given the award in 2008 but the ceremony was delayed for three years as the council tried to arrange a date that fitted with his schedule.

The Manx-born star is one of the world's fastest cyclists and will join Sir Winston Churchill, Norman Wisdom and the Bee Gees on the roll of honour.

He received the award at the town hall, from the mayor of Douglas.

The council said the award was in recognition of the sprint star's outstanding achievements in his field and his service as an ambassador for the island.

He was given the award after winning a then unprecedented four stages in the Tour de France, in 2008.

However, Cavendish said he was not looking to past triumphs but concentrating on training for the London 2012 Olympics.

"Hopefully I will get Great Britain off to a good start with a gold medal," he said.

"The [Olympic] course suits me and suits the team."

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