Cavendish clocks fourth stage win in Tour de France
BRITAIN’S Mark Cavendish has continued his remarkable Tour de France by winning his fourth stage at this year’s event.
The Manx Missile survived a protest from Marcel Kittel in the sprint finish, with the German accusing Cavendish of cutting him up as they raced for the finish line.
The victory on stage 14 puts Cavendish on 30 stage wins, four behind all-time leader Eddie Merckx.
Cavendish, riding for Team Dimension Data, finished ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan, who held on to the green jersey for leading points winner.
Chris Froome finished in the peleton to remain in the yellow jersey one minute 47 seconds in front of Bauke Mollema, with fellow Brit Adam Yates (Orica BikeExchange) third, 2mins 45secs off the pace.
Australian Richie Porte is in eighth, 4mins 27secs behind Froome.
German Kittel, 28, claimed Cavendish took his racing line in the sprint but the Briton said: “I followed Kittel and made sure I stayed there. I saw Quick-Step hit out early and knew Kittel would be left out in the front.
“He kicked off a bit but I was way past him - I think he was just frustrated.”
Kittel was angry at Cavendish’s actions, saying: “If you look at the road markings then it’s clear that he came out of my slipstream and turned to the right. I had to brake and swerve to avoid falling down.”
Cavendish will look for another stage win tonight for South African team Dimension Data.
If he can take out the stage, it will be all the more special.
“Monday in Berne is not an easy sprint but it’s a sprint and it’s Nelson Mandela Day so it’s a big thing for the team,” Cavendish said.