Former world champion wins some new fans after lending a helping hand

Former road world champion Mark Cavendish has a couple of new fans in north east London today - after coming to the help of a cyclist who had punctured and fixing it for her.

The Dimension Data rider, fresh from winning last week's Tour of Qatar, performed the impromptu service at Tottenham Hale, according to a tweet this lunchtime by Zahrfa Damji.

The cyclist, Fran Cutts, who is training for a John O'Groats to Land's End ride for Sport Relief later this month,  described Cavendish as "an absolute hero."

She admitted, though, that she hadn't realised at the time that it was Cavendish, whom she said was "just driving past with his wife and jumped out to the rescue!"

His wife, Peta, also joined in the conversation on Twitter.

The couple were only reunited this weekend after Cavendish spent five weeks away on the road, and she added:

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.