CW’s British performances of 2011: No. 3

Number 3: Cavendish’s sprint at the World Champs
Copenhagen, Denmark – September

For all that Great Britain controlled the World Championship road race from start to finish, a Mark Cavendish victory was not taken for granted.

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The Australians looked in great shape coming into the finishing straight and suddenly Matt Goss looked the favourite.

But Cavendish came off the wheel of the Dutch rider Lars Boom and made his way up the right-hand side.

The explosive that has so often seen Cavendish put daylight between him and his rivals was put to a slightly different use.

Instead of starting at the front and blasting away from the rest, he came from seven or eight places back and passed everyone on his way to the line.

The uphill finish and the big gear make it look more laboured than we’ve been accustomed to, but it was pure power fuelled by the inner drive and determination he has.

The course was too long, you say? The uphill finish too steep? Nonsense. Mark Cavendish. World Champion. That’s the perfect answer to those points.

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