Manx Missile does it again!
He won the 18th stage and broke some recornds. Here’s the Armchair fan’s description of what happened in the last km!
Inside the final kilometre, Cavendish was left alone without a teammate to fill the role of pilot fish normally achieved so effectively by Mark Renshaw, but the Manx Missile demonstrated that, in the absence of the best lead-out man in the world, he can manage perfectly well fending for himself. With an immaculate sense of positioning and timing, he hopped from the back of the Sky train set up for Edvald Boasson Hagen to grab Thor Hushovd‘s wheel. And then as Alessandro Petacchi launched his trademark long-range sprint into the headwind with 275 metres to go, Cavendish simply switched wheels, turned on full gas, and flew to the front as if he was the sole beneficiary of a localised tailwind. With 50 metres to go, and leading by around five lengths, he even had the luxury of being able to look over his shoulder and stop pedalling.
This was no ordinary victory. It was a rout.
And that’s no ordinary smile either!
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