Cavendish crushes sprint rivals on Champs Elysees. Contador wins 2nd Tour de France.

//Cavendish crushes sprint rivals on Champs Elysees. Contador wins 2nd Tour de France.

Cavendish crushes sprint rivals on Champs Elysees. Contador wins 2nd Tour de France.

Six tour stage wins, no competition.

Mark Cavendish won his sixth stage on the Champs Elysees in a photo-finish. The photo was required to determine if there were any other sprinters in the race. After a close examination by judges, the answer was a definitive no.

The Manx Missile provided a slight variation in style today in Paris. The crushing win instead of the easy win. Thor Hushovd must feel like the slowest green jersey winner in tour history. Tyler Farrar will need several months with a sports psychologist to recover from his inferiority complex. The rest of the sprinters were hiding in a Parisian cafe somewhere, watching the action on TV.

In a switch of tactics, Garmin-Slipstream tried to derail the Columbia train, sending Vande Velde, Miller and Dean up front. For a few hundred meters things looked promising. Then big George Hincapie muscled in with Mark Renshaw and the outcome was assured. Cavendish finished first, lead-out man Renshaw second, the rest of the sprinters out of the picture entirely. A rider can buy illegal blood boosters but where can you pick up black-market fast-twitch fiber?

Lance Armstrong completed his astounding comeback at age 37 to join two youngsters, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck, on the podium. Though he finished 5:24 behind the winner, the Texan plans to fight for the maillot jaune next year with his new Radio Shack team. Armstrong skipped the team celebration for Contador to have dinner with his new sponsors. But for now, it’s not about the bike — “I’m ready to go home. It’s been a long three weeks as usual,” said Armstrong. “I am ready to go on vacation, for sure.”

Mark Cavendish will also book himself a nice vacation. But not the rest of his competitors — they will be taking some remedial courses in sprinting.

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  1. Tyler July 27, 2009 at 3:10 am - Reply

    BTW, do you ever get to check out the Tour of California? I heard Team Radio Shack will be riding in it. I’ve never really followed it, is it good?

    • walshworld July 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Wow, how did you hear that Radio Shack has already figured out a race program? I was gonna check it out this last year but the weather was so horrific I skipped it. But I'll definitely check the next one out because it's right in my backyard.

  2. Tyler July 27, 2009 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Hmmm… when did I hear that? It was Armstrong that said it. Something like because Radio Shack is an American Company they would ride the American race.

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