Cavendish ends victory drought

Britain’s Mark Cavendish finally relaunched his stuttering sprint on the Tour de France.


Afp July 09, 2010

MONTARGIS, FRANCE: Britain’s Mark Cavendish finally relaunched his stuttering sprint on the Tour de France by powering to victory in the fifth stage.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on another crash-free day for the peloton as they rode through in pursuit of a three-man breakaway.

The last of that trio, Spanish champion Jose Ivan Gutierrez of Caisse d’Epargne, was caught with three kilometres of the 187.5-kilometre ride from Epernay remaining.

The sprinters’ teams, notably Garmin, HTC-Columbia, Lampre and Cervelo then engaged in a tactical battle for the best position at the front, with Cavendish finally prevailing after emerging from the wheel of lead-out man Mark Renshaw.

Milram’s German sprinter Gerald Ciolek finished second with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in third for the second day in a row for Team Sky.

This was the 24-year-old Cavendish’s 11th career win in the world’s biggest bike race, and comes in the wake of several failures in a week which has seen Italian veteran Alessandro Petacchi dominate two sprints.

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong of RadioShack is stil 18th overall.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2010.

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