Just four days out from Milano-Sanremo, Columbia-Highroad's Mark Cavendish has indicated the possibility of la Primavera success with a strong win in the seventh and final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.
"The other day I thought it would be my day, but I was beaten on the line," said Cavendish. "I had a point to prove today. My team kept the break's gap small and then I had the perfect lead out."
With the 298 kilometres of Milano-Sanremo awaiting the explosive Brit on Saturday, the timing of his latest win is perfect. Having been in the headlines for his return to the velodrome as part of Great Britain's world championships squad, Cavendish has fired a warning shot at his rivals.
He's playing down his chances on Saturday, however, saying, "Sanremo is one of the most difficult races on the calendar, I am only 23 years old and don't expect too much.
"Sure, I'll go there to win it but if I don't then it's not a drama."
Perennial Sanremo contenders Robbie McEwen and Allan Davis finished in 15th and 10th place respectively, while Italy's Daniele Bennati took fourth.