Cav in tears at Tour. A few guesses.
Mark Cavendish was apparently in tears after the Tour finished on the Champs Èlysées.
Was he crying because he’d only picked up one stage win this year?
Because he was sick and had no shot at contesting the Champs Èlysées sprint?
Because he knew he’d lost a significant amount of negotiating leverage and salary with only one win?
Because this sport is too damn hard, having crashed out of last year’s Tour on stage one in England and then just getting the one measly win in three weeks of serial misery?
Because he though he might dominate the Tour with chief rival Marcel Kittel missing in action but now he had failed to capitalize?
Was he in tears because he thought he’d seen the terrifying ghost figure in the middle of the Champs Èlyséees?
Was he crying because he missed his wife and young daughter after a month of stress?
Probably all six and a few more we don’t know about.
Cavendish has won on the Champs Èlysées three times so watching Andre Greipel take four Tour stages — including the crown jewel in Paris — must have hurt bad.
Cavendish is getting to that point in his career where another move to a different team may not really make sense. Trains take time to build. But there’s no doubt that Etixx-Quickstep team manager Patrick Lefevere holds most of the cards and a salary cut looks imminent.
Cavendish and Kittel both know the highs and lows of the Tour de France. Total dominance, total disappearance. Perhaps that’s what’s in store for Andre Greipel. In cycling, everything comes around eventually.