The 23-year-old's victory in the 168-kilometre twelfth stage made him the first Briton to win three stages of the Tour and vindicated his decision to carry on racing after a bad crash consigned him to last place on the summit finish to Hautacam.
“This was the hardest of all three sprints,” Cavendish said. “It was windy and the pace was really fast, but a win is a win. I'm glad I could get over the Pyrenees for my [Columbia] team-mates. You've seen how hard they've worked in the last few weeks and you saw how hard they worked today. It's just so nice to get another one.
“I have had a few problems with injuries, but that's the Tour. Anything can happen. You've got to take the pleasure with the pain.
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