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Mark Cavendish: Chief Minister praises world champion

Mark Cavendish
Image caption Mark Cavendish finished ahead of Australia's Matt Goss and German Andre Greipel

The Isle of Man's chief minister has congratulated Mark Cavendish after the Manx cyclist was crowned world road race champion in Denmark on Sunday.

Tony Brown described Cavendish as a "global sporting phenomenon" after he delivered a trademark sprint finish to claim the world title in Copenhagen.

Mr Brown said: "The achievements of this amazing young Manx man are a matter of national pride."

Cavendish can now wear the world champion's rainbow jersey.

Mr Brown added: "On behalf of the whole Island I would like to offer the warmest congratulations to Mark on becoming world champion and wish him continuing success in his astonishing career."

Cavendish's victory made him the first British man to win the World Road Race title since Tom Simpson in 1965.

He is also the first cyclist in 30 years to hold the world title and the Tour de France green jersey in the same year.

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