Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) added to yesterday’s stunning Tour of Britain prologue victory by winning today’s stage between Reading and Southampton.

Cavendish beat Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques), Juan Jose Haedo (CSC), team-mate Roger Hammond and Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) in the fast sprint finish in Southampton. This is Cavendish’s tenth professional win in his first season as a professional; he is just one away from his target of 11 victories for the year.

Earlier Mikel Artetxte (Fuerteventura-Canaries) and Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano) had been on a long break, but were reeled in by the bunch, driven by the T-Mobile team, within three miles of the line.

Cavendish currently leads the race overall, and goes into tomorrow’s lumpy 169km stage from Yeovilton-Taunton in the yellow jersey.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: STAGE ONE RESULTS

1 Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)

2 Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques)

3 Juan Jose Haedo (CSC)

4 Roger Hammond (T-Mobile)

5 Geraint Thomas (Barloworld)

6 Martin Garrido (Duja Tavira)

7 Simon Clarke (South Australia.com-AIS)

8 Matthew Goss (CSC)

9 Tom Veelers (Rabobank)

10 Ben Swift (Barloworld)

TOUR OF BRITAIN: OVERALL AFTER STAGE ONE

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile in 3.09.59

2 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff at 14secs

3 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 16secs

4 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff at 18secs

5 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS

6 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC at same time

7 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile at 19secs

8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld

9 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira at 20secs

10 Christopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk at same time

RELEVANT LINKS

Cavendish: Surprised by prologue win

Cavendish wins Tour of Britain prologue

Tour of Britain 2007 preview

Official site: www.tourofbritain.co.uk.