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Manxman chalks up first victory on a Venge after a year away

When Omega Pharma–Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish won his first race of the season yesterday, Stage 1 of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, he did it aboard a Specialized Venge, a bike with which he’s well acquainted having ridden one when he was with HTC-High Road. Here’s a quick video of Cav’s thoughts on the bike…

Cav spent last year riding Pinarellos with Team Sky but he was on a Venge when he became World Champion and won the Tour de France green jersey in 2011.

“It’s a bike that I believe is the fastest bike in the world,” says Cav. Of course, he would say that, wouldn’t he? You’ve got to keep the sponsors happy.

“It’s the aerodynamics more than anything,” he continues. “It really is incredibly fast like nothing else you can ever imagine.”

Cav has also switched from Nike to Specialized shoes this season and he reckons his new footwear – which looks like Specialized’s S-Works road shoe – has been made stiffer and more fitted for him to sprint in.

On his ambitions for the season, Cavendish says he wants to do well in the Tour de France – both personally and the team – and to win the green jersey again.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.