Sprint To The Finish: Mark Cavendish Speeds To Tour de France Stage Two Victory
Acclaimed sprinter and reigning world champion Mark Cavendish prevailed in an all out sprint to the finish in the second stage of the Tour de France. The 207km second stage began in Vise and finished in Tournai, with the Isle of Man native crossing the line first. This was Cavendish’s 21st career Tour de France stage victory. The 27-year-old Team Sky rider beat out rival Andre Greipel of Germany at the finish.
While his team has stated they intend to aid his British teammate Bradley Wiggins in the race for the overall Tour de France victory, Cavendish took it upon himself to triumph in the second stage of the Tour. He was all by himself when it came to the sprint finish during the final km of the stage. Cavendish normally has a pack of teammates to rely on, but there was no lead-out train on Monday, as Team Sky was busy protecting Wiggins.
“We are here for the yellow jersey so I knew it was always going to be difficult," Cavendish said of his quest for the stage victory. "I came here without any pressure, while normally if I had a team I should win it.”
Cavendish has made it clear that the upcoming London Olympics are on top of his priority list. He will embark on the Olympic road race just four days after the conclusion of the Tour de France.
While Cavendish looked impressive in the second stage, fellow Oakley cyclist Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey, again finishing safely in the lead pack. Another Oakley rider, Tejay van Garderen currently holds the white jersey for best young rider. Last year’s general classification winner, Cadel Evans also finished the opening stages safely and without incident, leaving him in eighth overall and still in strong contention for a repeat bid. Cavendish’s teammate, Bradley Wiggins is currently second on the overall leader board, while his Team Sky is leading the team classification.
Congratulations to Cav on an impressive Stage 2 sprint finish and best of luck to all the Oakley riders in the 197 km Stage 3 from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer.