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The question no cyclist can escape: Why should we believe you're clean?

Updated: July 19, 2008, 7:16 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NARBONNE, France -- British sprinter Mark Cavendish, his face ruddy from sunburn, exertion and exhilaration, sat with a microphone in his hand, silent for almost a full minute, clearly wrestling with conflicting emotions.

Cavendish had just won his third Tour de France stage by doing what he does as brilliantly as anyone in the world: shooting the gap at the front of the peloton like a kayaker slipping between boulders in boiling whitewater, then firing the afterburners to finish ahead ...

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