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Cavendish and Partington muck in on time trial support

Cycling superstar Mark Cavendish swapped two wheels for four and an engine, to drive one of the support cars for the Manx riders in yesterday's time trial at the Commonwealth Games.

The Manx Missile was joined by assistant general team manager Steve Partington, who drove one of the others.

There was a real issue with the availability of cars, despite each rider originally being guaranteed a following car and driver.

The team would then provide a mechanic to sit in the passenger seat, ready to jump out if the rider punctured or needed mechanical assistance.

There were only enough cars to cover half the field, and none of the first wave had finished by the time the second wave started.

There were some ‘heated words’ among the team officials and the organisers, before the cars started to return.

There weren’t enough drivers either, so Steve drove the car that followed Graeme Hatcher and Cav drove the car that followed Andrew Roche.

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