A broken spoke in the last four kilometres of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana almost put paid to Mark Cavendish’s points jersey victory on Sunday.

“I heard a ‘ping’, looked down and realised I wasn’t going to be able to win the stage, but I still had to finish in the top four if I wanted to take the points jersey,” Cavendish told Cycling Weekly.

“It was really tough, but I couldn’t sit up.”

Cavendish finally came through for second place in Madrid behind Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transtion), clinching the first green points jersey of his career in a major Tour by seven points. He is only the second UK rider ever to take this award in a a major stage race.

“It’s a very special feeling to have got the points competition,” Cavendish said afterwards.

“I was here looking for stage wins in Spain and to get some form for the World’s , and little by little I got into the battle for the points.”

“The Vuelta is different from other races because there are equal points on offer in the mountains and in the flat stages, but at the end of the day it’s all about being consistent.”

“I’m very happy for HTC-Columbia all round. We took five stages, led overall and we got on the podium as well. It has gone perfectly.”

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  • Woody

    Shame about the spoke, otherwise he could have done an endo over the line



  • The Bolton Bullet

    He may yet get the Green jersey from this years TDF yet, depending on the result of Chesty Petacchi’s investigation. And The Wolrd Championships beckon… To get all three in one year- not bad for what some detractors were saying was a ‘poor’ season….!

  • Cumbrian Man

    Just wanna echo Scott’s comments and say well done and well deserved Cav.

    He’s definitely becoming a better rider. And like Arronski says, it’s gonna be great seeing Cav and Grepiel battle it out next year, especially when you put Farrar, Petacchi, Haedo, Koldo Fernandez et al into the mix.
    Exciting times ahead !

    Once again, well done Cav !

  • Mark Jones

    Well done Mark.

    Now he’s got this jersey he can go on to win the green jersey in next year’s TDF.

  • arronski

    Go Cav, funny how so many people were saying he was finished earlier in the year!

    Cant wait to se him up against Greipel next season for the world sprint champ, my moneys on cav for green in the TOF next year!

  • scott taylor

    Chapeaux Mark.

    A well deserved result, well earned over the 3 weeks. TDF in 2011, add to your collection there bud!