Carlos Sastre may have won the Tour de France, but for many British fans this year’s Tour will be remembered for one reason: Mark Cavendish.

The sprint specialist from the Isle of Man rewrote the history book by becoming the first British rider to win four stages of the Tour, doubling the previous record held by Barry Hoban since 1973.

Cavendish’s wins weren’t lucky – it’s hard to be lucky four times in the Tour – but down to his amazing finishing speed, a dedicated team and solid self belief.

Here we take a pictorial look back at Cavendish’s 2008 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2008Cavendish at the team presentation in Brest

Tour de France 2008Rolling off the team presentation stage

Tour de France 2008Already the focus of the media, and the race hasn’t even started

Tour de France 2008Cavendish looked happy to be at the Tour

Tour de France 2008Surrounded by Columbia team-mates on stage one

Tour de France 2008Leg plasters on stage two

Tour de France 2008The only view of Cavendish his sprint rivals will get later in the race, stage three

Tour de France 2008Stage four time trial

Tour de France 2008Win number one: Cavendish takes stage five

Tour de France 2008Congratulations from team boss Bob Stapleton after stage five

Tour de France 2008All smiles with Columbia Directeur Sportif Brian Holm

Tour de France 2008Exiting stage five dope control

Tour de France 2008Finding the time to relax in the riders’ village

Tour de France 2008Wrapped up before stage eight

Tour de France 2008Wind number two: blasting past the opposition on rain-soaked stage eight

Tour de France 2008Nice one Cav!

Tour de France 2008Happy when it rains, especially when you’ve just won a stage [eight]

Tour de France 2008Stage 12 finish…

Tour de France 2008Win number three: stage 12

Tour de France 2008… completes the hat-trick

Tour de France 2008Stage 12 podium celebrations

Tour de France 2008Part of Cavendish’s team Giant

Tour de France 2008Win number four: stage 13

Tour de France 2008Cavendish before the start of his last day at the 2008 – stage 14. With the Alps looming, and Olympic preparations to be made, Cavendish quits the race after the stage whilst he is still ahead



TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Sastre wins 2008 Tour de France, Steegmans takes final stage
Stage 20: Sastre sets up overall Tour victory
Stage 19: Chavanel wins, time trial showdown looms
Stage 18: Burghardt shows that Columbia can win without Cav
Stage 17: Sastre wins on Alpe d’Huez, takes lead
Stage 16: Dessel wins
Stage 15: Schleck takes lead in the Alps
Stage 14: Oscar Freire wins in Digne-les-Bains
Stage 13: Cavendish takes fourth win
Stage 12: Cavendish makes it three
Stage 11: Arvesen wins
Stage 10: Evans takes yellow jersey by one second
Stage nine: Ricco wins in the Pyrenees
Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse
Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage
Stage six: Ricco storms to win
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

Sastre dedicates Tour success to late brother-in-law Jimenez
Schlecks’ father’s car searched
Analysis: tactical battle on L’Alpe d’Huez [stage 17]
Schleck promises to attack main rivals
Schleck ready to defend Tour lead [stage 15]
Rest day news round-up [July 21]
Saunier Duval riders: “We are honest”
Cavendish talks to Cycling Weekly after quitting Tour
Schleck savours first ever Tour de France jersey [stage 15]
Comment: Why Cav is right to go home today
Cavendish pulls out of the Tour
Barloworld to end cycling sponsorship
Ricco speaks on Italian television
Cavendish joins the all-time greats
Saunier Duval sack Ricco and Piepoli
Tour bosses say fight against doping continues
Ricco denies doping at the Tour
Saunier Duval pull out of Tour
Tour’s top ten changes
Ricco positive for EPO at Tour
Analysis: Tour de France rest day summary
Cavendish battles through Pyrenees
Evans suffers but takes yellow jersey [stage 10]
Analysis: Hautacam shakes up 2008 Tour
Ricco silences critics with solo attack in Pyrenees [stage nine]
Cavendish talks about his second stage win [stage eight]
Beltran heads home but doubts remain about other Tour riders
David Millar: the dope controls are working
Manuel Beltran tests positive for EPO at the Tour
Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit
Doping back in Tour de France headlines
Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]
Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]
Millar to go for yellow [stage six]
Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]
Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win
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 20
Stage 19
Stage 18
Stage 17
Stage 15
Stage 14
Stage 13
Stage 12
Stage 11
Stage 11
Stage 10
Stage nine
Stage eight
Stage seven
Stage six
Stage five
Stage four
Stage three
Stage two
Stage one

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: BLOGS

Life at the Tour part five
Life at the Tour part four
Life at the Tour part three
Life at the Tour part two
Life at the Tour part one

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: GUIDE

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