Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Stage 5Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

Start 12h00 GMT 2+

Mark Cavendish: "It's important to pay them back.."

interview03.07.2013Stage 5- Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

Yesterday Mark Cavendish met André Darrigade, the winner of 22 Tour de France stages, and they compared notes about a range of topics and realised that they actually have a lot in common. But the Frenchman's tally of stages were racked up between 1951 and 1964. 'Cav' now has 24 stage victories from five starts.

“The pressure is now off, for sure because we've won a stage of the Tour de France. It would have been nice to win yesterday but it's not to be underestimated how hard it is to get one stage win on this race. Every year we put everything into it, this whole team has been built around it. We've got Michal Kwiatkowski doing an incredible job, he's got the white jersey and that's just a back up as we've put everything we have into the sprints here and I'm glad we could pick up win.

“I didn't feel great today but when the guys are committed like they were – not just in the final, but all the way today – it's important to pay them back. They show their motivation by riding themselves into the ground and, like I always say, that really does give you something extra.

“Geert Steegmans did good, didn't he? I didn't really do anything today. If I'd lost that sprint, I really wasn't paying the lads back. They were incredible. The whole day they stayed with me. I sit behind Geert so I don't feel the wind all day. He stayed with me on that last climb, then we had to use the guys up in the final to catch the breakaway then Geert just stayed calm and then he went so fast that I didn't have to accelerate off his wheel. I just held the pace that he took me up to with 250 metres to go. I'm super happy. This is what I was employed for at Omega Pharma-Quickstep: to come here and win stages and we did that today.”

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