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History man Mark Cavendish wins TdF green jersey

Manxman Mark Cavendish has become the first British rider to win the green jersey at the Tour de France.

The 26-year-old sprint superstar did so in emphatic fashion, grabbing victory in today's final stage for a record third time in a row.

He's also only the second British rider to stand on the podium at the end of Le Tour.

Scotland's Robert Millar was King of the Mountains in 1984.

Cavendish began the day 15 points ahead of Movistar's Jose Joaquin Rojas, but knew there was still plenty of work to be done, with up to 65 points available from the intermediate and final sprints.

He extended his lead by a further two points in the intermediate one with around 34km to go.

There was then a moment of drama as Cavendish pulled over briefly just after that, because of a problem with his bike.

But he got a new one and with the help of HTC-Highroad team mate Bernie Eisel he was soon back with the peloton and gradually working his way through it.

The HTC-Highroad team train then made its way to the front of the peloton as the kilometres ticked down, catching an earlier break with around 2km to go.

Cavendish was put into the perfect position by lead-out men Matt Goss and Mark Renshaw and he duly delivered, fighting off a late charge by Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The win was Cavendish's fifth at this year's Tour de France and 20th overall at the event.

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