Mark Cavendish just 'trying to survive' on Tour de France stage 15 after illness

Etixx - Quick-Step rider says he had been ill with diarrhoea the night prior to stage 15 of the Tour de France, and was hoping for an easy start in order to stand a chance at victory

5 July 2015
102nd Tour de France
Stage 02 : Utrecht - Zelande
CAVENDISH Mark (GBR) Etixx - Quickstep
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mark Cavendish (Etixx - Quick-Step) said stage 15 of the Tour de France was about "trying to survive" despite finishing as a bunch sprint, as the Manxman blamed illness for falling behind the peloton in early part of the race.

Cavendish drifted to around 15 minutes behind the race leaders and rolled home across the line with that same gap, as sprint rival André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) powered to stage victory ahead of John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

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