Cycling: Cavendish keeps his hot streak going

Manxman sprints to victory in Germany while his fellow Tour hero Wiggins opts for some relaxation, writes Alasdair Fotheringham

A week after he claimed Britain's first ever stage victory on the Champs Elysées in the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was back in action yesterday when he sprinted through a downpour to win the Sparkasse-Bochum race in western Germany.

Cavendish summoned a burst of awesome pace at the end of a tough 177km race to claim his 20th victory of the season ahead of German Gerald Ciolek. One of four Britons to complete the Tour this year, appropriately enough for a sprinter, Cavendish has been the fastest to return to racing – and to winning – in an event with special associations.

"For Cav, Bochum's been a little bit going back to his racing roots, and that's why he wanted to take part," said his Columbia-HTC team manager Rolf Aldag. "He lived in Bochum in 2006 and 2007 just before he became a full-time pro, and Sparkasse, the team that he rode for at the time, sponsor this race.

"He said he knows that in Germany cycling's not having a great time, so he wanted to help out. Plus before the race, he showed everybody from the team round – the hotel where he lived for three months in 2006 and the sushi bar where he used to eat."

Cavendish will now do two more criteriums – short but lucrative city centre exhibition races – this week in Holland and Belgium before racing the Tours of Ireland and Missouri. Last year he competed in both events and took three stage wins in each.

"He might go on after that but it depends how tired he is," Aldag added. "Frankly, anything after the Tour he did can only be a bonus."

Since the Manxman clinched his record-breaking sixth stage in Paris, Cavendish has been almost constantly on the road, winning a criterium 24 hours later in Aalst, Belgium, then riding another two in Holland before heading to Germany.

His non-stop activity contrasts sharply with life after Paris for the other British Tour star, Londoner Bradley Wiggins. Having secured fourth overall in the Tour, England's best ever finish, Wiggins has been easing back, writing on his Twitter feed this weekend that he was "officially off the wagon and will be in Manchester on Saturday night ripping it up". If Wiggins' desire for downtime is understandable after completing both the Tours of Italy and France in less than three months, he will be back into racing in the Eneco Tour, held in Holland and Belgium, midway through this month.

The Londoner is then pencilled in to race the Tour of Britain in early September before going onto the individual time trial at the World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland later that month. There are unconfirmed reports that he may also take part in a race in Australia before ending his season.

Since Paris, riding has taken a back seat for British Tour finisher Charly Wegelius, who tied the knot with his long-standing girlfriend, Camilla, on Saturday. While the hardest part of Wegelius' week was putting up a giant marquee for his post-wedding bash, David Millar has by far the toughest post-Tour programme.

Eighty-fifth in Paris last Sunday, Millar will now be taking part in the Tour of Spain, starting on 29 August.

The Scot is set to be the only rider in the peloton to take part in all three major stage races – the Tours of Italy, France, and Spain – this year.

British riders' next tour appearances:

*Tour of Ireland (21-23 August)

Mark Cavendish

*Eneco tour (18-25 August)

Bradley Wiggins

*Tour of Spain (29 Aug-20 Sep)

David Millar

.. and other forthcoming events

*The World Championships (23-27 Sep, Mendrisio, Switzerland), Tour of Lombardy (17 October, Italy), Tour of Great Britain (12-19 September).

News
people And here is why...
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
Voices
voicesBy the man who has
Sport
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Eden Hazard
footballAfter 18 years with Arsenal, here are 18 things he has still never done as the Gunners' manager
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
The new Windows 10 Start Menu
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in The Twilight Saga but will not be starring in the new Facebook mini-movies
tvKristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer will choose female directrs
Arts and Entertainment
Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001
books(and not a Buzzfeed article in sight)
News
William Hague
people... when he called Hague the county's greatest
News
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey
comedyFirst national survey reveals Britain’s comedic tastes
Arts and Entertainment
Twerking girls: Miley Cyrus's video for 'Wrecking Ball'
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Are you looking for part time/ ...

SEN (SLD/PMLD) Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Currently looking for teachers ...

SEN Teaching Assistant Runcorn

£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant EBD , Septemb...

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?