PRAGUE: Mark Cavendish said he would try to “relax” as much as possible before the Tour de France and the Olympic Games after the first general classification win of his career, the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands, reported The Guardian.
Team Sky’s 27-year-old had an eight‑second lead over his nearest challenger Lars Boom at the top of the standings heading into the fourth and final stage on Sunday and he kept that advantage intact as he finished safely in the main pack following a sprint finish to take the overall win.
Germany’s Marcel Kittel claimed the stage victory on Sunday having also won on day one, the Argos-Shimano rider finishing the 163km ride from Schijndel to Boxtel in a time of 3hr 35min 54sec.
“I’ve been second a couple of times in the past but this is my first GC win and I’m really happy with it,” Cavendish said. Looking forward to the Tour de France and the Games, he added: “I’m training really well. I wanted to be in my best form and definitely looking forward to them.”