BRITAIN’S Mark Cavendish toasted his team’s courage after retaining the green jersey with his second successive Tour de France stage victory.<br /><br />The Team Columbia rider’s success made him the first Briton to hold the jersey – awarded to the leading sprinter – for consecutive days.<br /><br />Cavendish finished strongest in a 27-man breakaway on the Tour’s third stage, from Marseille to La Grande-Motte, in which most riders appeared to conserve energy for today’s team time trials.<br /><br />“Everybody’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,” said the 24-year-old. “The small group was caused by my team riding 100 per cent.”<br /><br />Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara finished in the same time as Cavendish to hold onto the overall lead. Columbia’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).