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Marc Cavendish’s 5th and best stage and green jersey win

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He’s not the most complete bike racer but he is now the best Tour de France sprinter with the green jersey. Marc Cavendish fulfilled his dearest Tour de France goal this year and here is what his winning form looked like at the end of the 2011 Tour in Paris:

Here is what he had to say according to The armchair sports fan:

I finally got it, but it didn’t come easy. I really had to fight for it all the way to the last finish line and I’m very tired, but it was worth all that effort.

I had eight fantastic team-mates around me all the way, they kept working with me, I was close to getting it for the last two years and now it’s finally here.

I’m so happy, it’s incredible. It’s a great way to finish the Tour and a super, super emotional day.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/24 at 17:13

I have posted a few times about Paris’ famed Boulevard!

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Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elys...
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But this is a new kind of scenery for the fabled Champs Elysees snipped from the NY Times pre-paywall.

A bucolic scene in the middle of Paris!

This is the venue for the usual July 14 national military celebration march of military forces and vehicles. Whatta a contrast!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/23 at 13:28

Mark Cavendish makes it 6 stage wins on the Champs-Elysees

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Here he is leading out on his final assault in this last stage:

Here is what Mark said in an interview after his win:

“I’ve always said that I wanted to win on the Champs-Elysées. Every sprinter dreams of putting their hands up in the air as they cross that line, seeing the Arc de Triomphe in the foreground and it’s an amazing feeling to do so. It didn’t disappoint at all.”

Of course, the winner of the Tour itself was Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong ended up in third place overall with Andy Schleck in second.

Alberto Contador dans la montée Avenue de Cogn...
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/26 at 09:52

Yesterday was Bastille Day, July 14, in Paris

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I remember reading that July 14 in 1939 and 1940 were bright and shiny days with French soldiery and the Arche de Triomphe in full regalia. Here is an image of the same soldiery marching down the Champs Elysees in 2008 supplied by NY Times via Getty Images:

Can you see the 3-D like rendering in this image. I got that by using Picnik on the original copy of the image.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/15 at 07:45