Cavendish takes Denmark stage win

26 August 2012 / 16:42

Mark Cavendish was grateful to receive the full backing of Team Sky as he claimed victory on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark

Cavendish was put to fore by his team and set about chasing the day's breakaway, finishing strongly with a powerful sprint to take top honours on stage six in Frederiksberg.

The 27-year-old, back from an extended break following a disappointing Olympic experience, held off the attentions of Matteo Pelucchi (Europcar) and Andre Griepel at the line.

And after sealing his 12th victory of the season, Cavendish said: "The team controlled the race the whole way. The lads had great faith in me and delivered me to the line perfect.

"I'm really happy to get the win and repay their hard work, especially as I haven't been in the best form recently.

"I won here in 2007 as well as winning the rainbow jersey in Denmark and it's great to come back here and win here again."

The sprint finish allowed Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) to safely hold on to his overnight lead, the Dutchman clinching the yellow jersey by 19 seconds over nearest rival Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp).

Team Sky also took away the team classification award for their efforts over the Tour.

Sports director Servais Knaven said: "It was the perfect way to finish off the race.

"The team were incredibly strong and controlled the race the whole day. After 25km we started riding and chased down a small breakaway. We are really happy with the performance here."