Cavendish wins in Valence. Renshaw heads home after head-butt.
The World Cup isn’t over, it’s just called the Tour de France.
HTC-Columbia’s Mark Renshaw executed several perfect headers — only the ball was Julian Dean’s face. The lead out man for Mark Cavendish gave his sprinter a strong lead-out, just a little too forceful, make that illegal.
It was Australia versus New Zealand, HTC-Columbia against Garmin-Transitions. The last few days of high heat certainly didn’t keep tempers from flaring. Renshaw made sure Cavendish got his 13th win and earned himself a boot from the Tour.
You think Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador aren’t the best of pals? Not much compares to the animosity between Bob Stapelton’s team and the Argyle army of Jonathan Vaughters. It’s like a mean-spirited Hillbilly fued, the Hatfields and the McCoys. Wouldn’t suprise me if Vaughters is googling “Valence, France, gunshop” right now.
During last year’s tour Cavendish dumped all over Tyler Farrar, claiming the American wasn’t in the same speed zone as he and Alessandro Petacchi. Later, when HTC-Columbia’s George Hincapie had a chance to take his first yellow jersey, the Garmin team rode hard enough to help erase those hopes.
Renshaw is probably lucky that Garmin’s Robbie Hunter crashed out of the tour yesterday. Hunter is the kind of guy who’d just get off his bike at the finish, walk over, and flatten Renshaw with his fist.
Now Twisted Spoke has never been a UCI jury member but we have to ask the question: why punish the leadout man but still allow Cavendish to keep the win? This seems like allowing the bank robber to leave with the million dollars but throwing the getaway car driver in jail for double parking.
One thing is for sure in this head-to-head combat: Garmin will be landing the next blow. Just a heads up on that one.