Mark Cavendish has 160 professional victories to his name, including 53 Grand Tour wins. And while he picked up that number 53 at the Giro d’Italia over the weekend, he also came away from the Grande Partenza with what must be a first: a Hungarian bus stop named in his honour.
On the opening stage 1 in Hungary, the Manxman was forced into a bike change. A routine stop and go. Except for one thing. It was outside a bus stop that is clearly held in very high regard by locals in the village of Zámoly.
“The bus stop where Mark Cavendish changed his bike on the Friday stage will be named after him in the future and a small sign will keep the memory of the event,” reported Hungarian outlet Feol.
In more Giro news from Zámoly, which has a population of 2,216, a manhunt is underway after a roadside Giro decoration was stolen from the village.
Two pink bikes had been stacked on top of a hay bale bearing a Giro d’Italia banner and pink balloons to celebrate the passage of the race, all of which were taken after the stage.
“Zámoly is a poor village, it is also a loss for them,” the mayor told the local newspaper, after filing a report with the police. “At the same time, they wanted to use the other side of this decoration to welcome the Tour de Hongrie peloton, which will pass through Zámoly on Wednesday.”
The perpetrators, who have been captured on CCTV, have been told the report will be withdrawn if they return the stolen items.
Crucially, the decoration will be eligible for a competition being run by the Hungarian organisers of the Grande Partenza, who are looking to award a prize for the most creative fan activity by the roadside and also the best decorated village.
For Mark Cavendish, his tally now reads: 160 victories. 1 Hungarian bus stop.