Cavendish clinches third stage win

17 September 2010

Modest Mark Cavendish paid tribute to his team-mates after winning the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain.

It was the 25-year-old Isle of Man-based rider's third stage win of the Tour after he managed to edge Argentina's Juan Jose Haedo into second place.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall lead in the Tour but, after his latest success, Cavendish was quick to praise his HTC-Columbia team.

"It's me that crosses the line first but it's the guys who put me there," he explained. "There was a moment when I suddenly lost 50 or 60 places and I panicked.

"I shouted across to Peter (Velits) and he did a massive turn of about a kilometre or so, guiding me up the side of the bunch back to where I needed to be.

"He's fighting for the overall victory but he was still prepared to use up a lot of energy for me. That shows real commitment to the team and it takes a very special person to do that. I can't thank him enough."