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British cycling is going great … just not in Britain


cavendishMark Cavendish is being hailed as one of the greatest, if not already the greatest, British cyclist ever in the wake of his remarkable victory in last weekend’s Milan-San Remo classic.

In its 100 editions, only two men, including Eddy Merckx, have won the race at a younger age than 23-year-old Cavendish, who stamped his credentials in emphatic fashion last year when he won four stages of the Tour de France.

Last weekend’s race also came down to a superb sprint finish as he overhauled German Heinrich Haussler by a less than a centimetre — but his trademark explosive finale came after almost 300k of gruelling pedalling in a race that included some hefty climbs.

Cavendish is only the second Briton to win one of the one-day classics, following in the cleats of Tommy Simpson, who chalked up a hat-trick of wins in the early 1960s.