A Brit a Day [#832]

Stage 18 saw the all-but-forgotten Manx Missile fire up the afterburners and remind us why he’s in the rainbow jersey–this is from BBC Sport http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/18928411 

Mark Cavendish stormed to his 22nd Tour de France stage win as Bradley Wiggins remained on course for overall victory….the world champion claimed his second victory of this year’s Tour on stage 18 as the peloton caught an escape group inside the final 1.5km.

Cavendish powered away in the final 500m to draw level with Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade in all-time wins.

“I just knew I was going to go for it,” said the 27-year-old. “I have done nothing all Tour so I have saved so much energy.

“I knew I would be able to go from a long way out, and no-one would get past me today. I felt really good.

“It would have been easy for the guys to cruise into Paris and Sean [Yates, Team Sky’s sporting director] was saying ‘just take it easy’ but I was pleading for a chance in the team meeting.

“But then Brad [Wiggins] said ‘we are going to ride today’ and Froomie [Chris Froome] committed to my cause and I’ll always be grateful for that. We have got a great group of guys. It has been an emotional three weeks but I have enjoyed it.”

The Tour de France ends tomorrow, but the Olympic cycling road race is a week from today.  Can’t wait.

A Brit a Day [#508]

While everyone is an honorary Parisian today, The Brit I have my eye on after the final stage of my beloved Tour de France is the newest winner of the Green Jersey, Mark Cavendish. He’s the first Brit to ever win the overall sprint [points] competition in the Tour, and he’s only the second Brit to take his place as a jersey winner on the final podium.

A Brit a Day [#493]

Really, those podium girls’ dresses get better every Tour. I’d love to have one of those dresses…

Oh…Here he is, the man from the Isle of Man, the Manx Missile, the Fastest Man on Two Wheels, top sprinter Mark Cavendish, receiving his 17th overall stage win in the TDF in yesterday’s Stage 7. Here’s one thing I love about this guy–he has no aspirations of winning the Tour, ever. He certainly knows his strengths. On a stage with a flat finish, Team HTC-Highroad delivers Mark to a missile launch sprint at the finish line. In a climbing stage, Mark often places in the 100’s. Of course this raises the question, is Team HTC-Highroad going to put all of their energy into Cavendish’s stage wins, or will they put forth a leader to try for the general classifications?