Tour de France: Cavendish finishes in style
Although he's almost an afterthought in a Sky team built around winning the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish showed the world that he doesn't need a lead-out train to win big bunch sprints as he claimed his 21st career stage win in this competition in Tournai, Belgium yesterday, WRITES Gerard Cromwell.
The Manx express left it as late as possible before popping out from behind the wheel of German sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto Bellisol) in the final 50m of the second stage as Aussie Matt Goss took third (Orica GreenEdge).
"Bernie Eisel kept me there in the beginning, but I was alone in the last kilometre," said Cavendish. "If it had just been the sprinters it would have been okay, but there was every single type of rider up there at the finish. I told Edvald Boasson Hagen with 5km to go, 'just do your own thing'.
"I knew it was going to be difficult but I came into it without any pressure. I had a big team in the past, controlling it and it keeps you out of trouble, but today I was kind of a bonus rider. I saw (Oscar) Freire move up and knew that he always goes up in the final kilometre. I know the finish here and I knew it was a headwind and that I could come from behind."