Cavendish Wins Another for Team Columbia
Mark Cavendish may be from the Isle of Man, but he continues to notch wins for the American Team Columbia. Cavendish just pulled off his fourth stage win and has proven, without a doubt, that he is the single fastest sprinter on the tour right now. In my opinion, his performance this tour has simply shown that the method for awarding the green jersey is outdated and pointless; there is no better sprinter. Period. His accelerations over the closing meters are unmatched. Although Robbie Hunter thinks “[the sprinters] are all equal” and Robbie Mcewen thinks he can win a stage over Cavendish, Cavendish has proven that he is on a level all his own and has no equal over the final meters.
The only disappointment for me that comes from this win, is that this probably means that Cavendish will retire from the Tour and start his preparations for the Olympics. Although, there aren’t too many sprint stages left (if any….I’m not sure), so it probably won’t matter too much. I can’t wait to see Cavendish on the velodrome track in Beijing. Between Cavendish and Phinney, this is going to be a great Olympics for track cycling.
I really wish the American mainstream media would cover stages like today. It has everything that interests the public: crazy crashes and fast, exciting finishes. That crash by the Quickstep rider with about 16 km to go was insane; the rider hit a center island at about 55 km/hour and his bike snapped into three pieces. Ouch. The finish was one of the better sprints as well, with Cavendish having to fight his way out of being boxed in and still managing to crush all of the other sprinters in the crowd who had great lead outs.
What a great race. If this keeps up and the tour can keep the main contenders dope-free, this will be the best tour in recent history.