Bernhard Eisel

Track Training Helps Mark Cavendish Win Sixth Stage Of Tour De France

MONTAUBAN, France — Mark Cavendish started the Tour de France fearing that his training on the track for the Olympic Games would affect his chances of stage wins at cycling's biggest race.

After the sprinter from the Isle of Man posted a third stage win in less than a week, it's now obvious that the long hours spent on the boards have helped him improve his speed.

The 31-year-old "Manx Missile," as he is known in the peloton, used his great tactical sense and impressive burst of speed to win the sixth stage of the three-week race in another mass finish on Thursday. It was Cavendish's 29th Tour stage win overall.

"Oh my god, that was terrifying,"...