Mark Cavendish sprints to victory in the Tour du Poitou Charentes to claim his first win since crashing in the Tour de France.
Cavendish outsprinted his rivals at the end of the first stage to get himself back to winning ways. Maxime Daniel finished in second place and Roy Jans crossed the line in third.
The Brit secured 10 bonus seconds on the line meaning he is the race leader going into the second stage and he will wear the leader's jersey. Daniel sits four seconds behind Cavendish and Jans is six seconds behind the leader.
Cavendish delighted with result
The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider was pleased with how well the sprint went and hopes more wins will follow after today's success.
According to BBC Sport, Cavendish said: "It's a nice feeling to win again, especially after such a well executed sprint. In the next few days we'll see if we can try again and continue this winning mood."
The result marks Cavendish's first win since he crashed at the end of the first stage of the Tour de France and dislocated his shoulder.
The sprinter hadn't won a stage since June where he won a stage of the Tour de Suisse and it was clear to see that he was relieved to get today's win under his belt.
Cavendish looking to maintain winning run
Cavendish will race in the Tour of Britain starting on the seventh of September in Liverpool and he will hope he can be in good form going into the British race.
After such a disappointing Tour de France due to his crash I would really like to see the Manx missile of old because lately he has had to sit back and watch other sprinters such as Marcel Kittel take the limelight.
In my opinion the 29 year old is the only sprinter who can challenge Kittel as the others don't have the explosive pace to contend with him.
Tour du Poitou Charentes stage one result
1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 4:47:06
2 Maxime Daniel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, same time
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, st
4 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole, st
5 David Menut (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93, st
Tour du Poitou Charentes general classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 4:46:56
2 Maxime Daniel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +4secs
3 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +6
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling, +7
5 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing, +8
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