Mark Cavendish: cold conditions affected Milan-San Remo sprint

Mark Cavendish talks through the finale of Sunday's Milan-San Remo, run in cold temperatures and pouring rain

Sprint at the end of Milan-San Remo 2014

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) lost the Milan-San Remo sprint and perhaps his last chance to win the race again. He placed fifth yesterday on the Italian Riviera behind winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

"I started to sprint and my legs just stopped," Cavendish told journalists including Cycling Weekly. "I sat down, thought maybe I could go, but they didn't go any more. Kristoff came back so fast. I couldn't even have got second."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.