The reaction on the cycling sites and boards is hilarious, total juxtaposition between fans who are excited Vino won because they love his style and panache, and people calling it a bad day for cycling because a confirmed and fairly unrepentant doper won the gold medal.
Personally I can't help but like The Dude since he's been racing for most of the time I've followed cycling and is nothing if not entertaining, which is all I really ask for.
What did he say? He sent out some tweets saying that he couldn't be more proud of his team. And if he's blaming other countries for not putting enough into the chase, he's right. He's a sprinter. Sprinters need help to be able to do their job. Here he only has 4 guys working for him instead of 8. It's not enough to pace the peloton for a whole race.
He's an emotional guy so if he's blaming others for him not winning, he's caught up in the moment. I'm sure he realizes that this is part of his life as a sprinter. One of his tweets said GB were "victims of their own success" which couldn't be more true. They pushed too hard with 4 riders and couldn't maintain it, and other countries didn't put in enough effort to allow a field finish.
Cavendish isn't saying other teams should've helped him win.
He's saying that the Britain team couldn't increase the pace and get the peleton closer with just 4 riders as it'd knackered them. They needed others to take the workload at points but because some had riders at the break-away group, there was no need for them to worry about it.