Tournai, Belgium – Every year cycling pundits tell the cycling world that this is the year that someone will dethrone Mark Cavendish as cycling’s best sprinter and every year he proves them wrong.
Such was the case today when Cavendish effortlessly outclassed his opponents, in fact, the only one close at the finish was his arch enemy, Andre Greipel.
Green jersey points leader Peter Sagan received his first lesson in sprinting with the big boys as he was manhandled by his rivals during the sprint and was a non-factor in today’s finish.
Cavendish’s win vaults him to second place in the points competition and certainly reinforces his position as cycling’s premier sprinter.
The thing that sets Cavendish apart from his competition is an innate instinct to time his sprint. Cycling is a tactical sport that rewards the savvy rider who keeps his cool under pressure and uses his brain as well as his legs to dominate his rivals. At this, there are none better than Mark Cavendish.