Patience pays off for defiant Cavendish
Finally Mark Cavendish showed the patience needed to deliver his first Tour de France stage win in two years and 26th in all yesterday to the satisfaction of his three-year-old daughter.
After his Etixx-QuickStep squad let two sprint victories slip from their grasp this week, Cavendish burst past Andre Greipel to win the sprint into Fougeres after the 190.5km route from Livarot.
Asked the difference between winning and not earlier in this week, Cavendish said: “I just waited a little longer. I was more patient, so I could use my speed at the end.”
Cavendish celebrated with pregnant wife Peta and three-year-old daughter Delilah.
“I’ve waited a week for this win personally,” Cavendish said. “She (Delilah) was angry I didn’t get the flowers in the last days. Today she’s happy.”
Cavendish dedicated the win to team-mate Tony Martin, who had surgery on a fractured collarbone yesterday after crashing while leading the Tour on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Italian Katusha rider Luca Paolini has left the Tour after failing a dope test for cocaine.