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Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK
Cavendish wins stage to keep lead
Cavendish celebrates
Cavendish was the first of four British riders in the top 10
Mark Cavendish extended his overall lead in the Tour of Britain by winning the first stage into Southampton.

The Manx rider, who won Sunday's prologue, came home in a bunch sprint ahead of Belgian Steven Caethoven.

He was led out by Roger Hammond, who finished fourth. Geraint Thomas was fifth and a fourth Briton, Ben Swift, a Barloworld triallist, finished 10th.

Cavendish is now 14 seconds ahead of Russian Nikolai Trusov in the standings, with five stages remaining.

He said: "It's a fantastic feeling to know that I will be in yellow for another day but I can't take any of the credit today.

"I've got to give all of that to my team-mates because they did an amazing job for me.

"From the position they gave me in the final 200m I couldn't really lose the stage.

"It couldn't have gone any better but there's a long way and a lot of tough stages to go.

"But I'm only one win away from my target of wins for the season and that would be an amazing feeling to achieve that this week."

Stage favourite Robbie Hunter of South Africa crashed with 3.5km to go in the 138.9km stage from Reading and came home on his own four minutes later.

  • Tour of Britain organisers are honouring charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson by naming Thursday's stage in Yorkshire after the 43-year-old who lost her battle against cancer last week.



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