Britain's Mark Cavendish sprinted clear of the field to claim his third career victory at the Grand Prix l'Escaut on Wednesday.The HTC-Highroad sprinter, a 15-time stage winner on the Tour de France, steered clear of danger in a crash-marred finale to finish ahead of Russian Denis Galimzyanov and Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich.Cavendish has endured a mediocre start to his season, so the Isle of Man rider was only too happy to find success at the scene of his maiden professional victory, in 2007.
Tour de France hero Mark Cavendish will be the man to beat in the cycling road race at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.The Isle of Man speedster, who won gold on the track at Melbourne four years ago, is coming off a disappointing finish in the world championships in Australia last week.But on what is a generally a flat 168km course, the devastating sprint finish that has turned Cavendish into a superstar of cycling would normally prevail.
Tour de France sprint legend Erik Zabel believes Mark Cavendish's dream of following in his footsteps and winning the race's green jersey may be over already.Isle of Man rider Cavendish came into this year's race aiming to dominate the points competition after finishing last year with an amazing six stage wins from sprints.But after four days Cavendish is lying last in the competition with a 62-point deficit to the man he duelled with last year -- Norway's Thor Hushovd.
Spain's Alberto Contador secured a third Tour de France yellow jersey Sunday after the 20th and final stage to the Champs Elysees won by Briton Mark Cavendish.Cavendish powered to the finish line alone for the second consecutive year to claim his fifth stage success of this year's race and 15th of his career.Italian Alessandro Petacchi, the winner of two stages, finished second on the stage to secure the green jersey for the race's points competition.
Italian sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre team won the second stage of the Tour of Italy here on Sunday ahead of British star Mark Cavendish who took the leader's pink jersey.Petacchi just edged Cavendish in a battle for the finish line, in a victory which was only confirmed by the jury after viewing video footage.The British rider tried to overtake Petacchi on the right before being forced to try on the left. Italy's Manuel Belletti finished third after the longest stage, raced under blazing sunshine over 244km.
British cycling star Mark Cavendish will make his Tour Down Under debut in January, boosting a strong field which already includes Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong, organisers said.The HTC-Highroad rider, a 15-time Tour de France stage-winner, will be considered a major rival to fellow sprint specialist Andre Greipel, who romped to his second Australian title this year."It's great that I'll be starting my season at the Santos Tour Down Under," said Cavendish.
Sprinter Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour of Switzerland prior to the race's sixth stage in the high mountains, his HTC-Columbia team said Thursday.Cavendish suffered minor injuries in a crash at the end of the fourth stage. It led to a high-speed pile-up for which the Isle of Man rider was held responsible after he veered from his line.