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"I have to thank my teammates for the effort once again. Today we probably executed even better than yesterday, which is pretty impressive considering how brilliant they were in the first stage."

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28.08.2014 @ 00:08 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Mark Cavendish is back to being his usual dominant self in the bunch sprints. Today he took his second straight victory in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes after teamwork he claimed to have been better than yesterday's.

 

OPQS rider Mark Cavendish won his second straight sprint stage, this time at 183.6km Stage 2 of Tour du Poitou-Charentes on Wednesday. The Manx Missile relied on another dominant leadout from his teammates, and launched his sprint for the convincing victory.

Cavendish will wear the leader's jersey once again at 111km Stage 3 on Thursday.

The race came back together after breakaways several times, and the leadout of OPQS maintained good control on the front inside the final 5km of the stage.

The victory of the British rider is the 59th overall for OPQS (57th road) in 2014.

 

"It was not an easy stage," Cavendish said. "Right from kilometer 0 we tried to control the race. Jan Bakelants has really done a great job once again to keep the breakaway of four riders at a reasonable distance. He controlled the race all by himself for a long part of the stage. 

 

"Then at some point, the whole Cofidis team began to accelerate sharply. We wanted to respond right away. The team continued to ride to the end. My teammates stayed with me. 

 

"The sprint went well for me. Yet there was still some confusion in the final kilometre as we were told that there would be 400m after the last corner. However, there were still 60 to go so Mark (Renshaw) started a bit too early. I took the wheel of Sébastien Chavanel. I'm really happy to win again. I felt good, the rest of the team too. Now we'll see what we can do tomorrow.


"Once again the team was great. They controlled the breakaway and they always stayed with me in the final kilometers. The last kilometer had wide roads with two roundabouts. We took the lead and went through it perfectly. There was a little bit of headwind in the sprint.

 

"Mark Renshaw was in the lead, but I let Sebastien Chavanel (FDJ.fr) in the middle between me and Renshaw, because I didn't want to start too early. Then, when Renshaw finished the job, I launched and got the victory.

 

"I have to thank my teammates for the effort once again. Today we probably executed even better than yesterday, which is pretty impressive considering how brilliant they were in the first stage."

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