Mark Cavendish added the World
Championship road race title in Denmark at the weekend to his growing list of
The cyclist's reputation as one of
Britain's very best sportsmen is growing, but for the moment he is relatively
unknown in the United Kingdom.
In Belgium, however, he's immediately
recognised, and once said that he "never pays for a meal" when in the
country where children wear cycling shirts "like kids at home wear
Manchester United shirts."
Cavendish is not alone in being
under-appreciated in the country of his birth - the Rundown takes a look at
five British stars who are more famous abroad than at home.
Britain has a long tradition of
producing great racing drivers, but while Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton hog
all the limelight in the UK, Scottish racer Dario Franchitti is a huge star in
the United States. Three times a winner of the IndyCar championship (2007, 2009,
2010), Franchitti has also twice won America's most-famous race, the Indy500. He
is married to TV and film actress Ashley Judd, and his cousin Paul Di Resta has
already started impressing in Formula One in his debut season with Force India.
Mixed martial arts is a sport growing
worldwide, but in Britain it has yet to have the same reach as it has done in
the US. Bisping, now 32, has had an illustrious career, a previous world
champion in cage fighting and winner of the Ultimate Fighter 3 light
heavyweight tournament. Having made his professional debut in 2005, Bisping remains
a strong contender in the UFC, ranked as the number 5 middleweight by MMA
weekly and is still a big draw at major events.
You might not recognise Luol Deng in
the street, but you would be hard-pressed to miss him given that he stands six
feet nine inches tall. The basketball star was born in Sudan but came to Britain
when his family were granted political asylum. From then, Deng's journey has
taken him to America, where he studied at Duke College before joining the
Chicago Bulls, where he has played for the past seven years. Deng's skills at
small forward have been rewarded by the Bulls with a six-year, $80m contract.
Bristol-born Jenny is a world
champion in her field, a snowboarder who collected golds in Slopestyle in the
2009 edition of the Winter X Games, and then defended the title once again a
year later. With winter sports enjoying a far higher profile in north America
and continental Europe, Jones is not often recognised on these shores -
although in 2002 she came 58th in a poll of the 'Hot 100 Babes' conducted by
Born in Greenock, Scotland, Lawrence
Tynes has forged a successful career as a kicker in the NFL. The Scot moved
across to the US with his family as a 10-year-old, and was a naturally gifted
football player. But growing up in Florida, he applied his kicking skills to
American football, and has subsequently enjoyed a decade in the NFL, spending
two spells with the Kansas City Chiefs, a year with the Ottawa Renegades,
before spending the last four years kicking for the New York Giants.
- Dario Franchitti
- Mark Cavendish