New World Champ: Star Cyclist Mark Cavendish Claims World Road Race Title in Copenhagen
Let the 2012 hype begin.
Oakley’s Star Cyclist, on the heels of a Points Title at Tour de France, claimed a bold victory at the World Road Race Championships in Denmark by dominating a bunch sprint at the tail end of the race, effectively sealing the first Rainbow Jersey for Great Britain since 1965.
But it was close. Really close.
The first charge from the field came early in the race – with an eight-man breakaway taking shape and going on to build a lead of almost 10 minutes on the main group.
With six laps left to go, hopes for many of the talented contenders were crushed when a crash forced the Peloton to split. But the leading group never slowed and maintained their ferocious charge.
The final stretch was more than intense. Challenged by fellow HTC-Highroad teammate Goss in the final meters – Mark maintained his composure and powered his way to a grand victory, displaying once again why he’s considered one of the absolute best sprinters on the Planet.
“I’m really proud,” Mark said, rocking his Oakley Radar eyewear. “This has been a three year project for us. Ever since the course was announced we have been preparing for this.”
Dishing out credit to his fellow Great Britain Teammates, he definitely exuded class after the race – while savoring the moment for his already phenomenal year and career.
“Not just me but all the guys who rode so well today and others committed to making sure we qualify a good team. A World title is something special and I’m going to wear the rainbow jersey with pride over the next year.”