Everything has gone rather green. Team Sky have chosen Going Going Bike as the only place in the world to buy their Rainforest Rescue team kit, Global Cool have asked to feature our blog postings on their website and Mark Cavendish has won the green points jersey in the Vuelta.
Far be it from us to say which is the most significant. However, Cavendish has become the first Brit to win a points jersey in a grand tour since Malcolm Eliot in 1989. He fought off a strong challenge from the American sprinter, and star of the ridiculously cheesy Transitions lenses advert which seem to feature in every cycling ad break, to take the jersey with some style. If it had not been for a broken spoke (so we are told) he would have won the final stage into Madrid yesterday to add to the four stages he won on the ruta.
Cavendish has enjoyed an up and down season. His personal life, including a mouth infection he suffered as a result of cosmetic surgery, seemed to be hampering his performances until he hit back at his critics in magnificent style in the Tour de France. He was unable to win the green jersey in Paris and it appears he rather stumbled (or rather sprinted) upon the Spanish version. Throughout the three weeks he never claimed winning overall was his goal.
However, it does tee him up well for the World Championships in a couple of weeks, which were his second major target of the season. If he can build on this form and overcome the disadvantage of only having two teammates in Geelong, he must stand a great chance of getting his hands on the rainbow jersey. But for now, everything is thoroughly green!