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The 20-year old T-Mobile rider outsprinted tough opposition to win last Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs one-day race in Belgium.
“People have asked me before if I was surprised that I could win the Scheldeprijs ahead of Robbie McEwen. But I wasn’t and I’m not.”
“It wasn’t a fluke by any means. I knew what I was capable of doing, and looking back at the win on DVD, I really don’t see how else how I could have raced those last few kilometres.”
Here’s a helicopter shot of the final sprint from Belgian TV:
“I didn’t make a single mistake, I came round the right-hand side of him and it was the long way round. But it was the right way to go,” said Cavendish.
“I’m sure this will change my status in the team a bit, but to be honest that’s not a big deal for me right now.
“I’m very happy with this team, its ethical stance in what are troubled times for the sport of cycling make it a good place to be for a young bike rider like me.”
“I’m also getting a huge amount of support and advice. At the moment I’m living in [T-Mobile team-mate] Roger Hammond’s place in Belgium and he’s spot on, helping me out and telling me loads of stuff about races and so on.
“But [team managers] Allan Peiper and Brian Holm are mines of information too, and they’ve always kept their faith in me, which is great. When I started racing as a pro the fact it was so fast and so hard really knocked me backwards for a bit.
“I really don’t know whether this win in Belgium will mean I end up doing the Tour de France [which starts in London on July 7th]. I’m still very young, just 20, so I’m going to have to wait and see. I don’t know if I’ve got the endurance to go through with a three-week race yet.”