Two men were sentenced on Tuesday to 12 and 15 years in prison by British justice for a robbery at the home of Mark Cavendish in 2021, during which the British cyclist was threatened with a knife.
Romario Henry, 31, had denied the charges but was found guilty in late January and sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.
Ali Sesay, 28, admitted to the robbery and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
A third suspect had been cleared.
The robbery took place on November 27, 2021. According to the prosecution, the cyclist's wife, Peta Cavendish, heard male voices coming from the kitchen before coming face to face with the intruders at their home, located in about forty kilometers northeast of London.
They then jumped on the 37-year-old runner, who was recovering from several injuries due to a fall, ordering him to deactivate the alarm system he had.
A booty of almost 800,000 euros
The criminals left with telephones and two watches worth a total of 700,000 pounds sterling (795,000 euros), as well as a suitcase.
It is a "planned, targeted, orchestrated and ruthless robbery
targeting an internationally renowned sportsman and his wife
", said judge David Turner.
Prosecutor Edward Renvoize explained during the trial that the robbers had "
started to hit (Mr. Cavendish) with their fists
" and one had brandished a knife, threatening to stab the runner in front of his children.
Ms Cavendish, pregnant at the time of the burglary, held back tears in court on Tuesday and said the robbery had '
turned a warm home into a constant reminder of fear and threats
', saying from the witness box that the couple are now thinking to "
sell the house
Cavendish has won 34 Tour de France stage victories, equaling Eddy Merckx's record, and won a silver medal on the track at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The sprinter, in search of a final victory stage on the Grande Boucle, announced in January to join the Kazakh team Astana.