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Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma-Quick Step) sprinted out of a breakaway and into the British national champion’s jersey on Sunday in Glasgow.
The leading group of Cavendish, Sky teammates Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh, and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) got together after six of 13 laps on the 14.6km circuit and worked together until the final lap.
With just over a lap to go Stannard flatted and dropped out of the break. He was able to rejoin going into the last lap, then attacked, only to be brought back. Cavendish went next, but he, too, was reeled in, with 3km to go. Kennaugh fell off the pace and the other three hit the final straight together, with Cavendish taking the sprint from Stannard and Millar hanging on for third.
“I’m really happy with this result,” Cavendish said. “To be honest this morning I wasn’t so sure because there were so many teams here with a lot of riders and there were only two of us here — me and Andy [Fenn]. The parcour was not so easy, really technical.
“Fenn was in the original breakaway with Stannard. It was a good move to put Fenn in the front so I could save myself and sit on the wheels of the chasing group and stay relaxed. Then when we caught Fenn and Stannard, I started riding.
“In the final kilometers there remained only three of us and I went for the sprint. It was really, really nice. I’m happy because I am proud to be British and wear this jersey for the first time in my career, especially heading into the Tour de France.”