Stage summary03.07.2013 in 17:52Cavendish's collection continues to grow!
The profile was flat, a sprint was expected, and a favourite for the fifth stage was nominated by just around everyone. If you've watched sprints at the Tour de France since 2008, you know who the fastest man in the world is. Mr Cavendish has won multiple stages since his first triumph at the Tour and in five years he's now collected a total of 24... and we can expect this to grow even more judging by the manner in which his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team rode into Marseille. It wasn't entirely...read more
interview03.07.2013 in 19:31Omega Pharma-Quickstep in vengeful fashion
After a cruel disappointment, loss of against-the-clock team of Nice by only 0.76 of a second, training Omega Pharma-Quickstep has found the taste of success in Marseille. Not content to propel Mark Cavendish to his first victory wearing the jersey champion of Great Britain, the squad also won the stage by teams with thanks to ‘Cav', his lead-out master Geert Steegmans (18th) and best young rider, Michal Kwiatkowski (29th), among the top 30 in the finish beside the racecourse of Borély....read more
interview03.07.2013 in 19:04 Peter Sagan: "It's almost impossible to beat him..."
The winner of the green jersey last year is still wearing green but he's been beaten by Jan Bakelants, Simon Gerrans and Mark Cavendish in the 2013 Tour. The points tally continues to grow though, so he's happy enough...read more
interview03.07.2013 in 18:57Thomas De Gendt: "It was actually quite a tough day"
The irrepressible Belgian, Thomas De Gendt doesn't mind going on the attack. He instigated the early move in stage five based on his knowledge of races in the region. His attack earned him a podium appearance and trophy for the 'Fighting Spirit' award...read more
interview03.07.2013 in 18:49Simon Gerrans: "The main priority is just to keep the jersey..."
If Daryl Impey - who is on the same time as Simon Gerrans but in second place on GC of the Tour de France - finished nine places ahead of his Australian team-mate in Marseille, the South African would have taken the yellow jersey. As it was, Impey finished 13th and Gerrans 15th the lead may change but 'Gerro' thinks the 'maillot jaune' should remain on the shoulders of one Orica-GreenEdge rider...read more
interview03.07.2013 in 18:37Mark Cavendish: "It's important to pay them back.."
Yesterday Mark Cavendish met André Darrigade, the winner of 22 Tour de France stages, and they compared notes about a range of topics and realised that they actually have a lot in common. But the Frenchman's tally of stages were racked up between 1951 and 1964. 'Cav' now has 24 stage victories from five starts.read more
Sporting stakes02.07.2013 in 19:11Why not a third for Orica-GreenEdge?
On the ferry from Calvi to Nice, Robbie McEwen and the manager of the team that had just won the third stage discussed the days ahead. “I remember the Gineste well,” said McEwen who is now a consultant for the Orica-GreenEdge team who, amongst other jobs, advises on tactics and offers tips to their team's sprinters. “It's not classified as a climb for the fifth stage but it can be good for Matt Goss.” Of course, his perspective is tainted by favouritism for his team but the profile...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 14
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