Mark Cavendish becomes the first Briton to win the Tour de France green jersey

Mark Cavendish realised a dream today on the Champ Elysees in Paris. He secured the green jersey on his back by winning the Tour de France’s final stage.

“Wearing the green jersey here in Paris,” said Cavendish, “is something special for my palmarès.”

Team HTC-Highroad’s Cavendish sprinted ahead of Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen after 95 kilometres and nine laps around Paris. The points earned added to his haul over three weeks, including four other wins, and kept him above Spaniard José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar).

The Manx cyclist is the first British rider to win the green jersey. It was first introduced in 1953, when Swiss Fritz Schär won it.

Besides Robert Millar’s ride into the polka-dot mountains jersey in 1984, Cavendish is the only British rider to have won one of the Tour’s classification jerseys.

“I am super happy. It didn’t come easy this year,” added Cavendish. “The guys were tired, but those 8 guys gave their all.”

Cavendish finished second in the last two years.

The race jury made a questionable ruling in 2009 and disqualified him from receiving points in the sprint to Besançon. The jersey battle swung in Thor Hushovd’s favour. He helped secure the jersey with an attack on the mountain stage to Le Grand-Bornand. Despite six stage wins, Cavendish lost the sprinters’ jersey.

Last year, he won five stages, but fell 10 points shy of the green jersey. Italian Alessandro Petacchi gained points by consistently placing highly in the sprints and took the jersey in Paris.

Cavendish won five stages again this year – Cap Fréhel, Châteauroux, Lavaur, Montpellier and Paris – and went for the intermediate sprints. Today, he placed first behind a six-man escape with Ben Swift and gained nine points.

The Tour de France changed the point scale for stage wins and intermediate sprints this year. Only one a day, intermediate sprints offered greater and deeper points. 20 points for the win and the following points for second through 15th: 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

Flat and medium-mountain stages offered more points, but not as deep. A flat stage, like today’s in Paris, offered 45, 35, 30, 26, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2.

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Tour de France 2011: Stage reports
Stage 20: Evans blows Schlecks away and takes yellow to Paris
Stage 19: King Rolland crowned on the Alpe but team-mate Voeckler loses yellow to Andy Schleck
Stage 18: Andy Schleck wins, Contador cracks and Voeckler keeps yellow by seat of his pants
Stage 17: Boasson Hagen makes it two for Sky as Voeckler loses more time
Stage 16: Evans and Contador go on the attack as Hushovd wins in Gap
Stage 15: Cavendish takes fourth stage win in 2011 Tour
Stage 14: Vanendert surprises the favourites as Voeckler holds on
Stage 13: World champ Hushovd takes well deserved solo Tour win
Stage 12: Sanchez wins at Luz Ardiden as Frank Schleck gains on other contenders
Stage 11: Cavendish moves into green after winning in Lavaur
Stage 10: Greipel beats Cavendish in Tour stage 10 sprint
Stage nine: Sanchez conquers day of crashes and climbs
Stage eight: Costa wins first mountain stage of 2011 Tour
Stage seven: Cavendish wins but Wiggins crashes out of Tour
Stage six: Boasson Hagen takes Sky’s first Tour de France win
Stage five: Cavendish wins in Cap Frehel
Stage four: Evans edges out Contador on the Mur-de-Bretagne
Stage three: Farrar sprints to first Tour victory in Redon
Stage two: Garmin win team time trial to put Hushovd in yellow
Stage one: Gilbert blasts to victory as Tour gets off to spectacular start

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  • katie

    Dai bananas brother.

    Grow up and stop knocking Cav, it is a typical British trait that you are indulging in. Boardman suffered the same type of knocking for no reason other than being misquoted re the ability to win the TDF.

    Great result for Cav and Cadel

  • dai bananas brother

    No, the more you think about it, the worse it gets. Its the equivalent of a boxer being knocked out and then allowed to start the next round. So Dai’s missus says.

  • Ken Evans

    Contract$ for 2012 ?

    World champ in 2011 ?

  • dai bananas brother

    I wonder if he will break the record for being outside the time limit on the most amount of stages while stiil staying in the race?. Gilbert didn’t look too pleased yesterday when Cav went to shake his hand. The TdeF people need to tighten the rule. Maybe anyone outside the limit on more than one occasion is out of the race, regardless?

  • Vance Harvey

    Cav, you are Awesome….. and you are still young enough to break lots more records yet…. Incredible!

  • arronski

    Green for Cav, British cycling is going to explode on the TDF in the next decade !