Mark Cavendish took his first (of many?) wins as a Team Sky rider at the Tour de France today (Monday, July 2), delivering a quite brilliant display to win Stage Two in a time of 4h56’59”. In the first sprint finish of the Tour, Cav had positioned himself superbly in order to go head to head in the final 200 yards and force Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel into second and Orica-GreenEDGE’s Matthew Goss into third. The victory marked his 21st stage victory at the TdF, putting him sixth on the all-time list behind the legendary Eddy Merckx and just a single stage behind Lance Armstrong.
Speaking after the stage, Cavendish commented, ‘Iíve been on the back foot but Iíve been more relaxed than ever coming into this Tour de France as the pressure hasnít been there for me to do anything. (A win) doesnít give me any more confidence as itís never easy to win a Tour de France stage, with a team or on your own… It wasnít as windy as I thought it was going to be and that didnít play as much of a factor. Itís been a good start to the race for the team. Brad stayed out of trouble and hopefully he can continue on towards yellow. Weíre here to win the yellow jersey. Iím here to do what I did today.’