Cavendish: That's why I'm world champion
Mark Cavendish talks to Ned Boulting following the 21st Tour de France stage win of his career, telling him his solo sprint win 'proves why I'm world champion'.
"I said a bit of my top-end speed has gone, but instead of winning by two bike lengths, I had to lunge for the line," Cavendish said of his duel with Andre Greipel.
"Like I said I could alway afford to lose a percentage - yeah I didn't win by that much, I had to lunge for the line, it shows I haven't got it easy anyway.
"It really is [satisfying], it proves why I have this jersey, it proves why I'm world champion. I had Bernie [Eisel] keeping me there but other than that I was pretty alone. We're here for the yellow jersey, we can make history by doing that. I always said I wanted to make history and we can do that this year by getting a British winner.
"We've got a team going for yellow, and I can do the likes of this today, so we can always keep going well throughout the Tour, but yeah I'm really happy.
"I'll keep going, I want to get to Paris, I love sprinting on the Champs-Elysees, and we'll just see what happens there.
"I'd like to give a shout to Peta [Todd] for today ... I haven't been easy to live with. I knew the Tour was going to be hard this year without a dedicated sprint team. She's kept me motivated, I just want to give that shout someone who's shown absolute faith in me."
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