NOT many sportsmen publish an autobiography at the age of only 23 – so it's a sign of Mark Cavendish's remarkably rapid rise to the top of his sport that the Manxman will soon have a book out telling his life story so far.
Entitled Boy Racer, the book is available to order on the internet and will be published on June 4 – just a few weeks before the start of this year's Tour de France.
According to the publisher's website the book unmasks the 'exotic, contradictory, hysterical and brutal world of professional cycling'.
It says that Cavendish, 23, was written off as 'fat and useless' in his youth and tells the story of how he worked hard to become the fastest man in road racing.
The publishers say Boy Racer steps behind the scenes of the Tour de France and unmasks the exotic, contradictory, hysterical and brutal world of professional cycling from the compellingly candid viewpoint of someone right in the thick of it.
'Mark Cavendish is now cycling's brightest star,' says the publisher's summary. 'His extraordinary, quadruple stage-win at last year's Tour proved him Britain's best ever cyclist.
'Some have called him cocky, but to anyone who doesn't like his style, Mark will simply shrug his shoulders and reply, "I know I'm good. There's no point lying about it."
'Peers say that they have never seen anyone with Cavendish's hunger for success and while this fearlessness – both in the saddle and on the record – has at times led to controversy, it has also earned him the respect of ever more fans. In Boy Racer, we follow him through the mayhem of the Tour de France in a page-turning journey of pure exhilaration.'
Cavendish has won 36 races in just over two years as a professional rider. This year he has won eight races already, including the prestigious Milan-San Remo classic in which he became only the second British rider to take victory in the race. The only other home-grown rider to claim victory was Tom Simpson in 1964.
By the time the book is published, Cavendish may be on the verge of becoming the most successful British rider of all time.
Cycling Weekly magazine has Cavendish in second-place behind Chris Boardman in its all-time list of victories by British professional riders.
With Cavendish due to ride the Tour of Italy next month he may have a few more wins under his belt by the time his book is published. The Manxman won twice in last year's Tour of Italy before winning four stages of the Tour de France.
Mark Cavendish will feature on the BBC1 TV show Inside Sport next week.
Presenter Gabby Logan travelled to Switzerland for an interview with the cycling star and the programme is scheduled to be screened on Monday, May 4, at 10.45pm.
Also on the show will be British Cycling performance director David Brailsford who is the boss of the new Great Britain/Sky pro team that will begin racing in January 2010.
Boy Racer is published by Ebury Publishing and is available for pre-order on Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith websites.