Mark Cavendish wins last stage in Denmark before break

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark in his last race before a month's break.

The 28-year-old, who rides for Omega Pharma-Quickstep outpaced Frenchman Bryan Coquard and American Tyler Farrar in Fredriksberg.

Earlier in the day, Cavendish tweeted:external-link "Last race for a month or so today."

"Looking forward to time with [fiancee] Peta Todd & my lovely little family."

The victory was Cavendish's 16th of the season, including two stage wins in the Tour de France.

"I really wanted to win today in Frederiksberg, because it is the third time I've won in three races here," he said.

"This is almost like the Danish Champs-Élysées, so of course I am happy to close out the race with this kind of win."

The Isle of Man rider revealed after his win that he intends to return to action in the Tour of Britain, which begins on 15 September in Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

Wilco Kelderman, Belkin's Dutch rider, topped the Tour of Denmark's general classification, finishing 11 seconds clear of Dane Lars Bak.