Cavendish Takes Green With Fourth Stage Win


They said stage 11’s uphill finish would certainly shed Mark Cavendish, opening the door for someone else to win.

They were wrong.

With his trusty leadout Columbia-HTC train of George Hincapie and then Mark Renshaw setting him up at the front of the peloton, Cavendish jumped on the uphill sprint finish of stage 11 to take the win ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam).

The bunch finish came at the end of Wednesday’s flat 192km stage from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau, following an all-day two-man breakaway that was caught with 5km to go.

Stage 11 was an easygoing affair for most of the peloton, with the temperature hovering around 73 degrees and an early break allowing the bunch to ride tempo all day. Ag2r’s Rinaldo Nocentini enjoyed another day in the yellow jersey.


Tess Weaver


July 15, 2009