Mark Cavendish: 'I didn't think I'd suffer as much as I did today'

The Manxman had to work hard to make it to the finish within the timecut on the mountainous stage eight in the Pyrenees

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Mark Cavendish and Dimension Data team-mate Bernie Eisel rode alone for much of Saturday's stage through the Pyrenees – and just made the time cut. Cavendish never thought he would suffer so much as he did on the eighth stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Cavendish and Eisel lost pace from the peloton on the Col du Tourmalet mid-stage and only rejoined the gruppetto at three kilometres remaining. They finished in the group of 55 at 39-24 minutes behind winner Chris Froome (Sky).

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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.