Stage winner Cavendish sprints into history books

BRITAIN&rsquo;S Mark Cavendish toasted his team&rsquo;s courage after retaining the green jersey with his second successive Tour de France stage victory.<br /><br />The Team Columbia rider&rsquo;s success made him the first Briton to hold the jersey &ndash; awarded to the leading sprinter &ndash; for consecutive days.<br /><br />Cavendish finished strongest in a 27-man breakaway on the Tour&rsquo;s third stage, from Marseille to La Grande-Motte, in which most riders appeared to conserve energy for today&rsquo;s team time trials.<br /><br />&ldquo;Everybody&rsquo;s nervous about the team time trial tomorrow I think so we were the only team who were willing to take it on. What a way to stick it to them,&rdquo; said the 24-year-old. &ldquo;The small group was caused by my team riding 100 per cent.&rdquo;<br /><br />Saxo Bank&rsquo;s Fabian Cancellara finished in the same time as Cavendish to hold onto the overall lead. Columbia&rsquo;s Tony Martin is 33 seconds adrift, ahead of seven-time winner Lance Armstrong (+40 secsonds). Favourite Alberto Contador is fourth (+59 seconds), just ahead of Briton Bradley Wiggins (+1 minute).