Argos-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel has revealed that winning the final stage of the Tour de France was the best day of his life.
Kittel also expressed his gratitude to Cavendish for the Team Sky sprinter's kind words prior to the race.
"It was for sure the best day in my life as a rider on a bike," Kittel told reporters. "This was a great, great win and a great performance by the whole team. Thank you to everyone, the boys were amazing today.
"I was already hungry, but of course it is always nice to get such a compliment, especially from a sprinter such as Mark. He's a nice guy and he actually said 'Good luck' to me in the race today before the sprint.
"We have lots of respect for each other and I like that way of having a fair sporting competition."