Cavendish Wins Tirreno-Adriatico

Cavendish Tirreno 2

Oakley sprinter Mark Cavendish once again demonstrated he is the fastest man in the peloton by sprinting to victory in the final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy on Tuesday. 

Cavendish, who on Monday was surprisingly named in the Great Britain squad for next week’s world track cycling championships in Poland, beat Tyler Farrar of Garmin and experienced Australian Baden Cooke in the final 200 meters of the 169-kilometer stage which began and finished in San Benedetto del Tronto.

“The other day I was beaten on the line, so I had a point to prove today,” Cavendish told Italian television. “I wanted to prove I’m fastest. The team rode perfectly. They kept the break small and then I had the perfect lead out.”

The 23-year-old won four Tour de France stages in 2008 and had said he was ready to abandon track racing to focus on the road after missing out on a medal at the Beijing Olympics. But he is now expected to take part in the Madison, where he is the defending champion, at the world championships in Pruszkow, Poland, which begin on March 25.

Cavendish is first going to compete in this weekend’s 298km Milan-San Remo, the first major classic race of the season. However, he has played down his chances and does not expect to be among the leading group after two difficult climbs.

“I’ve never done the distance before and it’s one of the monuments of the sport,” he said. "I’m only 23 so I’ll probably be riding it more for experience this year. “I did both climbs in training and if I survive the Cipressa I should be OK on the Poggio but I have to get there first and the hardest thing will be to get over the Cipressa.”


Kiko Garcia


March 25, 2009