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British cycling is going great … just not in Britain

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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.

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