Overcome with emotion, Mark Cavendish searched for the right words to describe his feeling. “I don’t know what to say. Being here is special enough. I never expected to come back to this match.”

“The whole team did a perfect job. We doubted whether we could still get the flight back. Then we also lost Ballerini. Then you have the green jersey and world champion, Julian Alaphilippe, who did everything to catch the escapee. He really gave everything.”

“There were so many who stopped believing in me. Those guys still believed in me. When you go to Deceuninck-Quick Step, you know they have the best riders in the world. I never thought of going back in the to ride a tour.”

“Everything is falling together now. I never wish bad things happened to others. But after the last few years, it’s just nice to have some luck.”

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