Absolutely bloody brilliant. Every British bike rider should be proud of Mark Cavendish’s world championship win on Sunday.
It was a typically gutsy ride by the man himself but equally it was an epic display of selfless team support, seven riders devoting everything for the ultimate goal.
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The sight of Cav bursting clear in the final 200 metres will endure as one of the most joyous images of our sport. It’s a day to remember, not only for the victory but also for the complete control exerted by the British squad.
Team GB owned the race, we were the ones to beat and nobody came close. For more than five and an half hours all you could see was red, white and blue on the front of the bunch.
That was pretty much the story of the week. With the surprise success of Lucy Garner in the junior women’s event we shot to the top of the medals’ table for the first time ever.
If Cav had started as favourite, then the opposite was true of Miss Garner, particularly after a serious crash all but ruled her out of contention. Of all the sprint finishes, this was the cleanest cut but the winner just could comprehend her achievement. “I was just shocked,” she said. ” It did sink in coming over the finish line, all the emotions just came out.”
It’s been quite an emotional week, a title series that ranks alongside our success at the 2008 world track championships. It’s another high that confirms our status as a world force in bike racing.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly