May 28, 2023 at 7:38 PMUpdate: 5 minutes ago
Mark Cavendish is quite emotional after his impressive victory in the last stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Brit sprinted convincingly to victory on Sunday in his very last stage in the Italian cycling round.
“I’m so happy”, 38-year-old Cavendish, who is on his last, exulted after the final stage. “It was a long road to get here and finish this Giro.”
In the streets of Rome, Cavendish was guided forward by, among others, his good friend Geraint Thomas. The veteran then started the sprint from far and stayed well ahead of the competition in the bunch sprint.
“My teammates and my friends did a great job,” said Cavendish. “I had very good friends today. This is very emotional.”
With that, the sprinter was referring to Thomas. “I sat there and saw that he only had Luis Léon (Sánchez, ed.) with him. I thought: I’ll help a friend out,” said the INEOS Grenadiers leader. After the finish, the two greeted each other with a warm hug.
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‘This feels like you can cross something off your bucket list’
Cavendish recorded his seventeenth stage victory in the Giro in Rome and his 54th stage victory in a major cycling tour. In 2008 he was successful for the first time in the Tour of Italy.
“Fifteen years ago I booked my first victory in a Grand Tour. If you can still win now, so close to the Colosseum, it feels like you can cross something off your bucket list.”