Cavendish: Victory in rainbow jersey is special

Coming into the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish’s hopes of maintaining his incredible winning run at the race were being widely written off. He had, it was said, lost weight and finishing speed and wouldn’t have a lead-out train. However, lead-out train or not, Cavendish has often proved himself to be nothing less than extraordinary and he did so again today in Tournai, chalking up his 21st Tour stage win and his first in the rainbow bands of the world champion.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).