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That year, I raced and I talked to Roger Hammond about winter. Roger has been an excellent mentor throughout my entire career. I answered that the hills were the most difficult part of the race. He then said, "No, it's the parts where everyone is working hard." This is why you must train hard every day. That winter, I was literally crushing myself. It didn't matter what the weather was, I went outside every day, and I worked hard every day. I went full throttle. Irodeuntil I was throwing it up.

Roger Hammond and Mark Cavendish in T-Mobile jerseys 2007.

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Mark Cavendish: I won four stages in 2008, the year following my baptism of fire. It was a great finish. I still remember my Stage 5 win. Although we had caught up to the breakaway group,Rolex Replica Watches there was still one rider in front of us. Mark Renshaw was the lead-out man for Thor Hushovd and Mark helped me to get ahead. It was unbelievable to see the finish line. I held my helmet in disbelief. A rider's career is made by one stage of the Tour de France.

CHATEAUROUX (FRANCE – JULY 09) Mark Cavendish,Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Replica Great Britain and Team Colombia, celebrates crossing the line to win Stage Five of the 2008 Tour de France. He crossed the line on July 9, 2008 in Chateauroux. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty images)

Wei Koh: How did your team and you come up with the sprint train?

Mark Cavendish, 2008: We had developed a strategy around the sprint train in 2008. In 2008 we were winning 80% of the sprints. Since we knew we wouldn't win the Tour de France overall, we set our sights on winning 100 percent of the sprints. It became intimidating for the other teams to see you have guys like Tony Martin, George Hincapie, and Mark Renshaw. It was part strategy, but more importantly it was bonding. You trust your teammates and would rather die than let them down. Because of this, friendships that you form are more lasting than any other relationships. 2010 was the Tour's first stage.Chopard Replica Watches I was unable to finish it, but I managed to win five more.

I could have stopped there and still made my mark. But I won three more stages that same year. I decided to stop and go to the Olympics. I went to Beijing. My paired partner, Bradley Wiggins, became sick. I was devastated because I wanted to win the Champs Elysees victory at the Tour de France. I also promised myself that I would never leave the Tour for any reason. I returned to the Tour in 2009 and won six stages. I remember that my second stage win (Stage 3) was in 2009, and my sponsor HTC had just released the first aluminum unibody smartphone - before Apple. The Hero was the name of the phone. It was quite cool, but hadn't been released yet. Before the stage, I promised them that I would do something special at the finish line and they should give the phone to me. As I crossed the finish line, I made the sign of the phone and they gave me the Hero the next day.