Star sprinter Mark Cavendish of Team HTC-Columbia finally got his first-ever win in a road race this season as he grabbed the 2nd stage victory at the 2010 Volta a Catalunya last Tuesday.
The British rider has had a rough start to his 2010 season, as he was beset by dental and medical problems as well as numerous crashes in the races. However, he seemed to have broken the jinx as he finally found himself on top of the podium as the winner of the Catalunya scond stage. Cavendish finished in front of Team Saxo Bank’s Juan Jose Haedo and Spanish rider Aitor Galdos, who finished in second and third place respectively.
Cavendish is in unfamiliar territory this year as his 2009 season was unlike what he is undergoing now. At this point of the season last year, he had already grabbed six victories, including the Milan-San Remo classic, and ended the 2009 season with a total of 24 wins. Compare that to this year’s drought, where the British rider had to wait until this moment for his first-ever 2010 win. The HTC-Columbia rider said that he felt proud of the victory and was thankful that his teammates did not lose confidence in his ability to win.
Meanwhile, Team Milram’s Paul Voss is still the race leader after a rather surprising win in the opening time trial last Monday.