Tour De France 2011 Updates
July 7, 2011 by staff
After a day of slaughter on twisting roads of Britain on the Isle of Man missile, fired for being cynically box during the intermediate sprint, produced a devastating burst of speed increase from 10 to snatch a win over the 50 meters past.
Cavendish, disqualified and docked points in the race for the prestigious green jersey after Monday’s intermediate sprint, complained that it was broken by Germany’s Andre Greipel as leaders pushed for a spot in the climax.
And when the peloton split at the end of the wind shock yesterday, 164 km track of Cap Frehel, HTC-Highroad specialist feared career was headed to more frustration.
But even the finishing straight up, can not drain energy from Cavendish and he said: “What the Tour organizers have done is make it difficult for a sprint, and that dominated last year.
“They have done so because we have the best team. They have tried to be a handicap, so if we win, not because we are lucky – that’s because we’re good.
“That was a difficult stage right, not just 2 km past, but my teammates were amazing. Although it was pushed back towards the end, which kept the pace so high strung out peloton and was able to come a long way back.
“With a couple of miles to Greipel came with big legs and beat me.
“But we saw the other day when a big guy on me, I’m not allowed to do anything to protect me. I was thinking,” That is now, I’ll just have to go for the green points jersey, ‘but a couple of hundred meters to go I gave everything, but I really do not think I can win.
“My legs were burning, and last costs a lot of damage, but I kept going and eventually I was surprised that he won – but I gained more difficult before and I dropped by easy stages, so it’s a sign my form is good.
“It’s always sweet to silence the ignorant, to overcome adversity and doubt.
“Maybe people do not like my character to try to do things, not in a sportive way to disqualify me or take away points. All I ask is consistency, otherwise it becomes personal.”
Cavendish, 26, has now moved into the top 10 in career all-time list of stage wins. Tomorrow is the opportunity to extend his record in the 218 km from Le Mans to Chateauroux – where bags first win stage three years ago.
Route traitors of yesterday were full of accidents. One must, of Slovenia Janez Brajkovic to retire with a concussion and head injuries.
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