Cavendish sets record
mark cavendish's dream of donning the green jersey in Paris came a stage closer to realisation yesterday, when the Manx rider collected his fourth win of this year's race.
Cavendish's continuing domination of the sprints has set a new record: no other sprinter has won as many Tour stages -- 19 -- as the 26-year-old in a four-year period.
There was a touch of bravado in his answers yesterday after he won ahead of main rivals Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi, answering the question "are you unbeatable Mark?" with the reply "almost".
But Cavendish insisted that it was cycling's equivalent of the back-up staff that really deserved the praise.
"It's me that's on the results sheet, but it's my team that are really behind this," he said. "When (Phillipe) Gilbert attacked in the end, they didn't over-react but brought him back slowly so it wouldn't create chaos.
"Before that, they're the ones that worked flat out for 200 kilometres today, no other team supporting them. I don't understand why other teams bring sprinters if they're not willing to work for a sprint."
After extending his green-jersey lead to 37 yesterday, Cavendish is closer to success than at any other point during the last two years. (© Independent News Service)