Brit Mark Cavendish succeeded today in winning a Tour de France in sprinters’ paradise, Bordeaux. The city has seen some of cycling’s biggest names win along its Garonne river and it felt almost natural that Cavendish got his turn given his run of success with 14 wins in three years at the race.

His difficulty, though, came with not having his final lead-out man, Australian Mark Renshaw. The Tour de France tagged Renshaw a ‘bad boy’ and sent him home last week for head butting a rival team member during his lead out.

“People forget, that is how he started his career and won a lot of races,” HTC-Columbia team manager, Bob Stapleton explained. “He has the native ability to follow wheels and pick them. He jumped on Hushovd’s wheel, then Petacchi’s…”

Great Britain’s Sky came through and indirectly gave Cavendish his final push. They worked to place Edvald Boasson Hagen, which was also convenient for Cavendish.

“It was good, the last Ks when Sky came up. I spoke a little with [Juan Antonio] Flecha when he was coming up in the last three kilometres. I was quite easy on his wheel and got Mark to 500 metres to go, on Eddy’s wheel,” said Bernhard Eisel, Cavendish’s final lead out man today.

“We were sure that missing two riders like Adam Hansen [abandoned after crash in stage 1] and Mark Renshaw, we would have to rely on someone else.”

Sky’s Boasson Hagen finished sixth. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) pushed Cavendish closest to the line, finishing second, and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) took third and re-claimed the green sprinters jersey.

“Sky had a good lead out going today and gave it their best shot,” said Cavendish.

Cavendish had been rumoured to join Sky for this year and for next year, but he has a contract option that takes him through 2011 with HTC. In fact, he has a strong train dedicated to him at the American team and dedicated today’s win to one of the missing engines.

“I have missed him [Renshaw] in the Pyrenees, someone suffering more than me! I missed having a laugh with him in the room at night,” he said.

“That one today was for him.”

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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports



Stage 17: Schleck wins on the Tourmalet but cannot shake off Contador



Rest day review (July 21)



Stage 16: Fedrigo takes tough Pyrenean stage



Stage 15: Victorious Voeckler continues fine Franch Tour as Contador takes yellow jersey



Stage 14: Riblon hangs on in Pyrenees to give France fourth stage win



Stage 13: Vino returns to top of Tour after doping ban



Stage 12: Rodriguez wins as Contador attacks



Stage 11: Cavendish bags third stage win but lead out man kicked out of Tour



Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race



Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day



Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head



Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour’s white



Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up



Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour



Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims



Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC



Stage three live coverage: As it happened



Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa



Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters



Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win

Tour de France 2010: Photos



Stage 17 photo gallery



Stage 16 photo gallery



Stage 15 photo gallery



Stage 14 photo gallery



Stage 13 photo gallery



Stage 12 photo gallery



Stage 11 photo gallery



Stage 10 photo gallery



Stage nine photo gallery



Stage eight photo gallery



Tour 2010 wallpaper



Stage seven photo gallery



Stage six photo gallery



Stage five photo gallery



Stage four photo gallery



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one gallery



Prologue photo gallery

Tour de France 2010: Videos



Stage 17 video highlights



Stage 16 video highlights



Stage 15 video highlights



Stage 14 video highlights



Stage 13 video highlights



Stage 12 video highlights



Stage 11 video highlights



Stage 10 video highlights



Stage nine video highlights



Stage eight video highlights



Stage seven video highlights



Stage six video highlights



Stage five video highlights



Stage four video highlights



Stage three video highlights



Stage two video highlights



Stage one video highlights



Prologue video highlights

Tour de France 2010: Race guide



Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index



Official start list, with race numbers



Brits at the Tour 2010



Tout team guide



Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean



Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins

Tour de France 2010: Pictures



Tour team presentation, Rotterdam



Tour teams take to the cobbles: Photo special

 

  • Hadyn Bosher @ 77in Thailand

    Sky are only 6th. in the Big Bucks Stakes,he could do better!!

  • arronski

    Sky should make him a offer he can’t refuse, the’ve got the big bucks!