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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

Alberto C won the Giro d’Italia but the Tour de France hasn’t gone his way in 2011

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His frustration with the Tour this year sort of burst out in some individual aggression on a Tour fan who just got too close to Alberto in his penultimate fight to gain the yellow jersey and top GC standing.

 

These kinds of Tour fans behave clownishly and don’t give much room to the competitors, especially on the HC climbs, like the Alpe d’Huez. More power to Alberto here since he seems to have acted in a normal human, like “Get out of the way you idiot!”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/23 at 18:29

The Manxman did it again, the 4th stage win this year

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Here is what the Armchair Sports Fan says about Marc Cavendish’s 2011 Tour de France accomplishments:

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.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/17 at 14:57

Marc Cavendish wins #3 in 2011

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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.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/13 at 16:25

“Cannonball Cav” is a very apt moniker for Marc Cavendish

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It’s that 3 weeks every year, in July, when about 200 professional bike riders engage their bodies and minds on that most gruelling sports event, the Tour de France.

Here is a pic of him winning Stage 5 of the Tour de France:

Here is a quote from him after the race (via “The armchair sports )

An exhausted Cavendish spoke at length about his win at a post-stage press conference, ranking it as one of his very best:

It was on the scale of my 2009 stage win [in Aubenas] really, but it was more difficult, because it was unexpected. The stage was hard, the finish was really hard, the uphill. That finish was steep and I went into the red. I was lucky to have my guys, six guys to keep me out of the wind all day. I had Gossy and Tony Martin on that little uphill.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/06 at 16:17

It seems that Mark Cavendish offers the quintissential picture of the sprinter win

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And he’s back for the 2011 cycling season. Here is a picture of him winning a Giro D’Italia stage. Apparently he retired from the race after this his second sprint win in the Giro this year to rest and get ready for the Tour de France.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/05/19 at 16:39

The Manx Missile made it 5 Stage wins and Alberto won the Yellow!

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A patented Cavendish sprint finish:

And now some pics from NY Times Lens piece:

Even if its his last ride in the Tour, the journos keep after Lance!

Just getting started for Stage 2!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/25 at 16:06