Cavendish wins second stage of Tour De France

PARIS: Super sprinter Mark Cavendish ran away with the second stage of the Tour de France.

The British speed king admitted he was surprised to rack up a win so soon in cycling''s elite event and insisted he was in red-hot form.

Cavendish, 24, bagged four stages last year before pulling out early to focus on the Beijing Olympics and was his fifth career win on the Tour.

It was also was his 42nd pro triumph - smashing the mark for the previous best by a British rider held by Chris Boardman.