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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.
- Tour de France: Mark Cavendish wins green jersey after final stage victory (mirror.co.uk)
- Mark Cavendish earns a place alongside the great sprinters (guardian.co.uk)
- Cavendish takes sprint title (mirror.co.uk)
Mark Cavendish may have been the man to take the podium as the winner of today’s 15th stage to Montpellier but, as the Manxman is so often the first to point out, he was just the final member of a sterling nine-man team effort. HTC-Highroad put their stamp all over this transition stage from start to finish, controlling the chase, the intermediate sprint and the finish to increase their man’s stranglehold on the green jersey. In claiming his fourth win of this Tour Cavendish became the first sprinter (and only the second rider after Eddy Merckx) to win at least four stages at four consecutive Tours de France. Quite simply, this is the most dominant sprinter in the most polished team the sport of cycling has ever seen.
He was beaten by Greipel in last stage before this one but prevailed this time:
And he won the green jersey for at least one stage:
It’s incredible to have the green jersey, it’s the most beautiful jersey in the world. It’s everything I wanted when I came here this year. It’s not easy fighting for the green jersey but I’m going to keep going and try to keep hold of it right through to the end.
- Cavendish claims green jersey (mirror.co.uk)
- Tour de France: Mark Cavendish claims 18th stage win – and the green jersey (mirror.co.uk)
- Cavendish surges to stage 11 win (news.bbc.co.uk)
The Armchair Sports Fan does it for me again with a neat sprint finish win for Marc C:
And here’s what he said at the finiish:
It’s a very special day for me. It was here where I won my first stage and so it’s a very sentimental moment. I have to thank the guys for all their work today. It was a hard windy day, and the guys rode hard for me all the way through. They were marvellous.
- Cavendish avoids crashes for Tour stage victory (sports.espn.go.com)
A patented Cavendish sprint finish:
Even if its his last ride in the Tour, the journos keep after Lance!
Just getting started for Stage 2!
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- Contador a worthy Tour champion (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Tour de France: Cavendish sprints to stage success (independent.co.uk)
- Alberto Contador Wins The 2010 Tour De France (huffingtonpost.com)
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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Yes, he won his third stage and here is a photo record of that win and characteristic Cavendish HOORRAH at the end:
With the Tour moving into the higher climbs of the Pyrenees next week, it seems unlikely that we will see another Cavendish winning pose. But who knows? China’s CCTV Sport channel is paying a lot of attention to the Tour. I watched a good half hour of footage from Friday’s stage this Sat. morning in Dalian. The usually show one image of Lance on the road and today he did offer us a smile, tongue out and smirk!
I just viewed the first gallery of Tour images from Big Picture and here is the image I liked best.