Cavendish sets new mark with narrow Tour stage win
ANGERS (FRANCE) – Mark Cavendish increased to joint second around the all-time Tour de France stage win list with victory on Monday’s third stage through the tightest of margins.
Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish celebrates around the podium after winning the 223,5 km third stage from the 103rd edition from the Tour de France cycling race on This summer 4, 2016
It had been Cavendish’s 28th Tour stage victory, and 2nd of the edition in 72 hours, to equal the objective of French hero Bernard Hinault.
Only Belgian legend Eddy Merckx remains in front of the Manx Missile with an impressive 34 stage wins.
“To tell the truth, after i began my career to consider at any time that I’d be pointed out within the same sentence as Bernard Hinault or Eddy Merckx, it’s greater than I possibly could have imagined,” stated Cavendish.
“Not a way could I compare myself towards the greats by any means.Inch
The 31-year-old Briton would be a hair’s breadth from missing out to German Andre Greipel, who’d dominated the Manxman this past year in winning four stages to Cavendish’s one.
A metre in the line, Greipel looked certain to win, yet in some way Cavendish extended out his bike to grab victory.
“I have won and lost by under that before. I type of thought I’d first got it but who knows until it’s confirmed,” added Cavendish.
“Greipel’s a gutsy rider, he has got balls on him. After I went for everyone him, he went again.
“I did not get him using the sprint, I acquired him using the lunge, and so i was pretty lucky with this.Inch
He’d won much more easily on Saturday’s opening stage in Normandy, then he required youthful daughter Delilah to the victory podium with him.
This time around he required Delilah and her infant brother Frey too.
– ‘Take a coffee’ –
Before the stunning finish, it absolutely was a most pedestrian of stages, pulled to six seconds under six hrs for that 223.5km trek from Granville to Angers.
Peter Sagan finished 4th around the stage, just behind Frenchman Bryan Coquard, to keep his grip around the race leader’s yellow jersey.
“Today would be a very relaxing day for all of us because within the breakaway there is just one rider,” stated Sagan.
“He went slow, we went slow and in the audience — it had been nice. I believed in a single moment that people would have a coffee, we’d time.
“I saw a bar but later on there wasn’t any time.
“For 200km it had been a transfer and also the last 20km was OK.”
But Cavendish’s victory was enough to wrest back the sprinters’ eco-friendly points jersey from Sagan.
The Slovak still leads by eight seconds to Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe overall with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde third at 10sec.
For that first 150km the peloton appeared to be strike as French rider Armindo Fonseca continued the attack in the off.
The Fortuneo rider eased as much as watch for some support but no-one required in the offer and that he rapidly extend for an 11-minute lead within the bunch.
It gave Fonseca the opportunity to ride through his home Brittany region by himself as well as in charge but even if he slowed right lower, the peloton accomplished it too.
The sedate rhythm what food was in least with a people’s taste.
FDJ team manager Marc Madiot was feeling nostalgic because he even were able to stay in his home village of Renaze to possess a drink.
“Today we can savor the Tour de France like several years ago: we ride gradually, we pause and hug buddies and family. Individuals are happy,” he stated.
Finally with 83km left, popular French veteran Thomas Voeckler trigger to shut the then 5min 30sec gap to Fonseca, that they rapidly did, and just then did the hulky cogs from the peloton start churning into gear.
But when the space had tumbled to 30sec, the peloton, just like a predator stalking its prey, stored the key pair fixed in the sites.
Fonseca and Voeckler’s day under the sun lasted until 8km in the finish once, following a resilient fight, these were swamped with a peloton whose average speed had started up considerably.
Then it was as much as Cavendish to use another show.