Cav on the cob­bles

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2011: Tour of Flan­ders. Re­sult: 110th

Rid­ing for HTC-HIGH Road 12 months after his de­but at­tempt to con­quer the cob­bled climbs of Flan­ders ended in a DNF, the Manx­man rolled in over 15 min­utes be­hind Saxo Bank -Sun­gard’s race win­ner Nick Nuyens. He did have some British com­pany as he reached the fin­ish line in Ni­nove as Roger Ham­mond and Ben Swift rolled in with the same group. Mean­while fel­low Brit Geraint Thomas se­cured his first top-10 fin­ish in a Mon­u­ment.

2015: Tour de France stage 4. Re­sult: 12th

De­spite only con­sist­ing of 13km of pavé over seven sec­tors, stage four caused a fair bit of trep­i­da­tion in the pelo­ton, es­pe­cially the GC favourites. Cavendish him­self ne­go­ti­ated the cob­bles to per­fec­tion and latched back on to the lead group and looked in con­tention for the sprint fin­ish into Cam­brai. How­ever, Etixx-quick Step team-mate Tony Martin broke away with 3km to go to se­cure the stage win and yel­low jer­sey.

2016: Paris-roubaix. Re­sult: 30th

In his de­but year for Di­men­sion Data, and rid­ing in sup­port of team-mate Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen, Cavendish was look­ing for his first fin­ish in the ‘Hell of the North’ after a DNF in 2011. His Nor­we­gian team-mate did man­age to get him­self into the race-win­ning break to fin­ish fifth be­hind sur­prise win­ner Matt Hay­man. Mean­while Cavendish showed his fu­ture po­ten­tial on the cob­bles, mix­ing it with sea­soned pavé spe­cial­ists un­til be­ing caught be­hind a crash which blocked the road.

Last year’s Roubaix proved Cav can cut it on cob­bles

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