Cavendish aims for Langkawi stage
Young British sprinter Mark Cavendish is making the most of his opportunity to match himself against
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Twenty year old Great Britain team rider Mark Cavendish finished fourth on Saturday’s second stage of the Tour de Langkawi, sprinting in hot on the heels of winner Ruben Bongiorno, race leader Maximiliano Richeze and points leader Steffen Radochla. But it could have been a much better finish for Cavendish, who has already shown his speed against the professionals in events such as the Tour of Britain, most noticeably winning the bunch sprint into Blackpool last year to take third on the stage.
Despite his youth, the world Madison champion is clearly a very quick rider. He was quite a long way back starting Saturday’s sprint but overtook many of the others in the gallop, giving him confidence for the rest of this race.
“I reckon I was the fastest guy inside the final 200 metres,” he said as the race went into mountains on Sunday. “My team-mates were trying to set me up for the sprint but we got pushed off by the LPR team. I was pretty far back when the sprint started and was a bit boxed in, too. So moving up to take fourth gives me confidence. I am hoping to win a stage before the race ends. There are other fast guys with the same goal but I’ll be doing what I can to get a victory.”
Cavendish will be depending on things going right on the flatter stages of the race but, no matter how things work out, it is clear that Britain has a very talented prospect for the future. If he continues to build strength during his twenties – and there is every expectation that he will – he should be fighting it out for victories in bunch sprints and velodromes for quite some time to come.