The Manx Missile

6 07 2009

SO the Tour de France has started again, with a mini time trial for stage 1 (too long to be a prologue)  won by Fabien Cancellara, and then stage 2, perfectly designed for the sprinters.  It was won by Mark Cavendish, the fastest man on the planet on a bike (Fact!).

He is still only 24, but has so far won 5 stages of the Tour (4 last year) and a host of other big races too.  He will break Barry Hoburns british record of 8 stage wins, possibly by the end of the week.

Yesterday he had the perfect lead out by his team, and it showed, he was so far ahead of second place by the end that you really should feel sorry for them.  Today might be slightly trickier though, with a team time trial tomorrow, his lead out men might be saving themselves for that, but if it came down to a full bunch sprint, then I would still back him. 

Admittedly yesterday he was probably helped by a bit of argy bargy in the peloton, causing Tom Boonen to take a wrong turn, but I still don’t think that would have stopped Cav getting to the line first. 

Anyway, back to work (answering a few emails while watching stage 3 on Eurosport).



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