Wife of Tour de France record holder Mark Cavendish is a former Page 3 model

Mark Cavendish has been snubbed from the Tour de France 2022 despite winning the British road race title just a week before.

The 37-year-old will not participate in the prestigious race, with his team Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl having planned for Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen to compete instead. And even with Tim Declerq being ruled out of the tour with an infection, Cavendish was overlooked again as a replacement rider.

That is despite the Olympic silver medallist launching a fairy-tale comeback in 2021 after three years of poor form caused by injury and illness. He was able to win four stages and the green jersey in last year’s Tour despite all the odds, making him the all-time record leading winner of stages with 34.

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And cheering him on was his stunning wife Peta Todd, with whom he has three children. The couple married in 2013 after meeting in 2010.

Like her legendary road racing sprinter husband, Todd is no stranger to cycling, having reportedly cycled 400 miles in five days back in 2008. She even auctioned off her bicycle and cycling shorts for £4,000, adding to her £3,000 sponsorship tally.

But the voluptuous brunette, 35, is perhaps best known for being a former ‘Page 3’ model. Her glamour modelling career saw her appear on The Sun and Zoo magazine amongst others, and she was once even called to Afghanistan to help boost the morale of British troops.

Unfortunately, the couple were thrown into the limelight in devastating circumstances when their house was broken into last November. Cavendish was left battered in front of his children after four intruders broke into their home.

Todd said: "In the early hours of 27th of November, at our Essex family home where my husband Mark was recovering shortly after leaving intensive care, four masked and armed men forced their way into our home as we slept.

"They threatened myself and our children and violently attacked Mark. At knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings. Amongst what was taken, were two watches of great sentiment and value.”

The cycling champ has since recovered and recruited a £25,000 German Shepherd attack dog to guard his Essex home.


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