By Julien Pretot
Briton Mark Cavendish of Etixx-Quick Step won the seventh stage of the Tour de France, a 190.5-km ride from Livarot on Friday.
German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) took second place ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).
Briton Chris Froome of Team Sky is the overall leader.
“I was lying in a room with my wife and daughter yesterday and I got a feeling,” Cavensish – nicknamed the ‘Manx Missile’ – told Eurosport.
“My team were motivated. It was incredible. After the near misses earlier in the race, for everyone to keep the faith. After such a loss with Tony Martin, it was so nice to get a win. It’s for Tony,” he said referring to previous Yellow Jersey wearer Tony Martin who crashed heavily on Thursday’s stage and had to abandon the Tour.
“I just wanted it so bad. I am so happy.”
It is Cavendish’s 26th Tour de France stage win, which puts him third on his own in the list of all-time victories.
Only the legends Eddy Merckx (34) and Bernard Hinault (28) are ahead of him.