As Mark Cavendish rocketed across the line for his first Tour de France stage win at Châteauroux today, his mother was in front of her television at home on the Isle of Man, shouting him on.

Seconds later, we rang for her reaction to her son?s historic victory.

?Oh, absolutely superb,? cried a breathless Mrs Cavendish. ?And it was a fantastic finish, a fantastic finish. I?m a little bit superstitious. If I?d watched the full race I felt sure he might not win. And so I just came in for the last 15 minutes.?

?I didn?t think I?d have the nerve to watch. I?ve been out but I once I got home I had to put it on. I watched the last 15 minutes. And, Oh! He?s just done it.?

Did she have any company for the famous victory? ?No. I?m on my own. It was just as well. I was shouting, shouting at the television, I must admit. I don?t know want else to say. It?s absolutely marvelous. Absolutely superb. He always wanted to win a stage of the Tour de France and he?s gone and done it. I?m going to phone him in about an hour.?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win

Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead

Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break

Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint

Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]

Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]

Who is Romain Feillu?

Cavendish disappointed with stage two result

Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey

Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?

Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec

Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win

Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: PHOTOS

Stage four

Stage three

Stage two

Stage one

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