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Cavendish joins historic club with Giro d'Italia red jersey

May 26, 2013 21:48 pm

Mark Cavendish wrote his name in cycling history yet again as he claimed his fifth stage win at the Giro d'Italia to secure the prestigious red points jersey.

The former world champion becomes only the fifth cyclist, and the first from Great Britain, to win the points classification at all three Grand Tours.

Vincenzo Nibali was Cavendish's nearest rival for the maglia rosso but he was content to secure the overall race victory.

"What keeps me always motivated is I just want to win," said Cavendish, who joins cycling greats Uzbekistan's Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Italy's Alessandro Petacchi, France's Laurent Jalabert and Belgian legend Eddy Merckx in a unique club.

"I've always just wanted to win, I've been addicted to it since I was a child. Just wanting to win brings the best out of everyone. 

"Especially when you have a team built around you, you have to deliver 100 percent. That's what I try to do. If someone comes along who is faster, I'll go home, work harder, and come back faster the next year. It's as simple as this."

Cavendish outsprinted Italian duo Sacha Modolo and Elia Viviani to claim the decisive points he needed.

It was his 41st Grand Tour stage win, meaning he moves to sixth on the list of all-time list, 23 behind overall record holder Merckx, but just two off fourth place.

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