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Mark Cavendish's morning in yellow at the Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) with French can-can dancers

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) with French can-can dancers
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Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 with a nod to his yellow jersey.

Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 with a nod to his yellow jersey. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Everyone wanted a photo with Mark Cavendish before the start

Everyone wanted a photo with Mark Cavendish before the start
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the yellow jersey

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the yellow jersey
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) gets ready to race

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) gets ready to race
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) smiles as he leaves the team bus

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) smiles as he leaves the team bus
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A detail from Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5.

A detail from Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish rides on 25mm Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres.

Mark Cavendish rides on 25mm Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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The yellow tape and pedals are a giveaway, but just in case...

The yellow tape and pedals are a giveaway, but just in case... (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Dura-Ace Di2 features on Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5.

Dura-Ace Di2 features on Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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A 53-tooth chainring on the front for Cavendish on stage 2 of the Tour de France.

A 53-tooth chainring on the front for Cavendish on stage 2 of the Tour de France. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish swapped in a set of yellow Speedplay Zero pedals in place of the usual red.

Mark Cavendish swapped in a set of yellow Speedplay Zero pedals in place of the usual red. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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A gold KMC chain on Mark Cavendish's bike.

A gold KMC chain on Mark Cavendish's bike. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 aero road bike.

Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 aero road bike. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish celebrated the maillot jaune with yellow handlebar tape for stage 2 of the Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish celebrated the maillot jaune with yellow handlebar tape for stage 2 of the Tour de France. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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The view from the cockpit of Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5.

The view from the cockpit of Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Cavendish rides a 12mm stem from Enve.

Cavendish rides a 12mm stem from Enve. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 decked out to celebrate the maillot jaune on stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish's Cervelo S5 decked out to celebrate the maillot jaune on stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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The yellow accented Cervelo S5 of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

The yellow accented Cervelo S5 of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Yellow handlebar tape for the maillot jaune.

Yellow handlebar tape for the maillot jaune. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish's number is pinned to the seatpost.

Mark Cavendish's number is pinned to the seatpost. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Special yellow Speedplay Zero pedals for the maillot jaune.

Special yellow Speedplay Zero pedals for the maillot jaune. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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A gold KMC chain on Mark Cavendish's bike.

A gold KMC chain on Mark Cavendish's bike. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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A view of the Cervelo S5's aero fork.

A view of the Cervelo S5's aero fork. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Ceramicspeed bearings for Cavendish's Cervelo S5.

Ceramicspeed bearings for Cavendish's Cervelo S5. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)
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Mark Cavendish rides on Chris King hubs.

Mark Cavendish rides on Chris King hubs. (Image credit: Cyclingnews)

Even the heavy showers at the start of stage 2 of the Tour de France couldn't dampen Mark Cavendish's yellow jersey and his Cervelo S5.

The British rider scorched into the maillot jaune on stage 1 of the race and to mark the occasion his team mechanics decked out his road bike with classy flashes of yellow. The bar tap and the Speedplay pedals were modified, with the frame remaining its regular custom black.

Cyclingnews met Cavendish as he departed from the team hotel before the stage start with a crowd of fans braving the weather for a glimpse of the Tour's first leader.

The British rider was unsure if he would wear a full yellow kit or go with regular Dimension Data shorts but his preference, he told Cyclingnews was to wear a skin suit.

"I don't know what they have made for me but I think I'll wear a skinsuit. This is real honour though, to wear the yellow jersey and share the experience with my Dimension Data teammates. They all worked so hard for me yesterday and although today will be difficult we want to honour the jersey. Today could be a day of Edvald Boasson Hagen but he was a bit banged up yesterday from his crash. We're about to have a team meeting and we'll go from there," Cavendish told Cyclingnews.

Stage 2 of the Tour de France finishes on a climb in Cherbourg and Cavendish is likely to lose his jersey but he told Cyclingnews that stage 3 Angers would be his next objective.