Mark Cavendish, arguably Britain's best sprinter ever, became cycling's world champion last month. He now wears the rainbow jersey and has the Tour de France and the Olympics in his sights next year. But Mark is modest as ever and attributes all his success to his team.
Jonathan Liew wrote about Cavendish:
True sporting excellence is scarce enough, but on Sunday, on a warm Copenhagen afternoon, a scrawny kid from the Isle of Man ceased to be merely excellent and ascended into the plane of greatness.
The pedestal upon which the 26-year-old Cavendish now stands as world road race champion is one shared only with a privileged few, among them Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Lance Armstrong and Mario Cipollini.
And, of course, Tommy Simpson, pictured to the left, who won in 1965, two years before tragically perishing on the slopes of Mont Ventoux.
With this, to add to his two world titles on the track, his seven stage wins on the Giro d'Italia and 20 on the Tour de France, Cavendish becomes not just one of our greatest cyclists, but one of our greatest sportsmen.
His is a rare and glorious talent, and this title, that pristine rainbow jersey, was the one accolade he craved above all others.
"This is the pinnacle," he said. "This is what we've all been working for. As a British citizen, the Olympics are a big thing. But as a professional cyclist, you can't get bigger than winning the rainbow jersey.
"I always said when I was younger that I wanted to be world champion. I can't win the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. For me, this jersey signifies the biggest thing I can get."
As he has done throughout his career, Cavendish was quick to attribute his success to the strength of the team behind him, with the likes of Bradley Wiggins, David Millar and Geraint Thomas throwing all their efforts into seeing him to the finish.
"There could only be one outcome after they rode so well," he said. "They gave more than 100 per cent today. I couldn't let the guys down."
"We realized about halfway through that we were going to have to lead," Millar said. "It was daunting, but everybody did they job even more than we expected.'
Rivals or teammates?
The significance of this win was that the team had no support at at all from their rivals in the race - rival cycling teams often create alliances and partnerships in order to get to a strong position in the race just like business people do. But Cavendish's team had such a strong belief and Cavendish had such a strong vision that he would win - he even guaranteed it to David Millar in a conversation before the race - that they went out front and took a risk.
These days so many people are afraid to take a risk - worried about their jobs - and leaders are floundering without vision and belief as the economic circumstances buffet and trouble businesses. It's now when times are tough that true leaders emerge and inspirational figures appear and businesses can seize opportunity. From crisis comes opportunity. In fact the Chinese word for "crisis" is frequently invoked in motivational speaking along with the statement that the two characters it is composed of represent "danger" and "opportunity."
So when your next opportunity comes with a risk remember that world champions are made by taking a risk - and that a winning team needs to have strong leadership, belief and vision to succeed.