Manxman gets a lead-out from Geraint Thomas to win his final race in Italy
The Giro d’Italia is possibly Cavendish’s final race in Italy before retirement, and he has been on an emotional and physical rollercoaster since recently confirming his retirement at the end of the season.
Cavendish hugged his teammates and staff beyond the finish in Piazza Venezia, at the foot of the spectacular Altare della Patria monument and hugged the dozens of riders who congratulated him, including Geraint Thomas, who helped him with a high-speed lead-out.
“It’s beautiful, what a way to end my Giro d’Italia,’ Cavendish said.
“I couldn’t have ended my racing career in Italy with any better way than winning in Rome. It’s a beautiful place to race. It’s perfect, really perfect.”
Cavendish confirmed that Geraint Thomas helped him with the lead out in the final kilometres, lining out the peloton at speed, with the Welshman admitting: “I thought I’d help a brother out.”