Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/4/14
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Wrapping one's arms around prosperity is not quite in the British DNA, but my how they have been trying the last few days. The opening ceremony had been fabulous, just like the weather, and what better way to continue warming to this newfound optimism than for the first day of competition to begin with Great Britain's newest pride and joy, its cycling team, escorting Mark Cavendish off through the countryside and back on the way to the top of the medal podium? But late Saturday afternoon, the clouds that rolled in were not the only thing darkening the mood. A lead pack of riders pulled so far in front of the British team that they never gave Cavendish, the cycling world's most feared sprinter, a chance as his charge past Buckingham Palace and down Pall Mall Road to the finish line was too late. When Cavendish crossed the finish line, in 29th place, it was to golf applause rather than the roaring cheers that had chased him and the other Brits around most of the 249.5-kilometer cou...
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