Cavendish-ing up a victory

British sprinter Mark Cavendish made the track melt on a roasting hot day for the Tour de France, doing what he does best and going very fast indeed.

Cavendish, who is from the Isle of Man, won through in the final sprint of the second stage of the Tour in comprehensive fashion, finishing a full six lengths ahead of The American Tyler Farrar (Note for non-cycling fans – six lengths is a lot.), when temperatures on the course hit 40°.

'The team is superb,' Cavendish said afterwards. 'They are all really intelligent riders and they all believe we can win. We've got some of the most experienced riders in the world and some of the most talented young riders, but it's not a team with personal ambitions. It's all for one and one for all. I know that's a cliché, but in this case it's true.

'We took control of the race, stamped our authority on it and finished off in spectacular fashion. I had eight riders all riding for me and I'm glad I could win for them. That's why we all embraced at the end. It was perfect. When it's that perfect there can only be one result.'

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