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Cavendish not giving up on green jersey

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July 9, 2013, 04:23,
July 9, 2013, 15:23
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Tour de France
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

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Omega Pharma - Quick-Step focused on stage wins for British Champ

Three stages are available to the sprinters of the Tour de France this week and new British Road Champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) has not given up hope of catching the leader of the Points Classification, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) despite the Slovak's 106-point advantage.

Cavendish is currently third in the battle for the maillot vert, with André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) second, 93-points back on Sagan. The former world champion won stage 5 before a disappointing sixth stage where he crashed in the finale only to be out-gunned by the lead-outs of Lotto Belisol which delivered a win for Greipel, and Argos-Shimano. While understandably frustrated at the time, Cavendish has gained perspective on the incident.

"There are no regrets about what happened in Montpellier," he told AFP. "These are just things that can happen and I lost to one of the best guys in the world."

While it's so far been Sagan's consistency in the stage finishes which has helped to stretch his lead over his rivals, Cavendish is not ready concede defeat when it comes to the possibility of securing the Tour de France Points Classification for the second time, having won in 2011.

"There's always a possibility I can catch him and I'll just keep going," he said with at least three opportunities for sprinters in the lead in to next weekend, including Tuesday's 197km stage between St-Gildas-des-Bois and Saint Malo.

"There's no way we'll change anything. Our only focus is on trying to win stages and see what happens from there, but Sagan is a great bike rider."

While the Tour de France's first week usually comes with its fair share of stress in the opening week, the tight and twisting roads of Corsica, the buffeting winds on the stage to Marseille plus the GC onslaught that punished the rest of the peloton due to the incessant pace, plus high temperatures meant that the first nine stages had been particularly brutal, Cavendish explained.

"The first week was harder than usual and I'm tired now," he admitted. "It has been hot few days and wasn't the best journey up here from the Pyrenees.

"The race route has been difficult and there has been no real control over the race for the first nine days which is pretty unusual for the Tour de France.

"But overall we are happy, we've got a stage win and narrowly missed out in the time trial, and now hopefully it will be a more relaxed second week," Cavendish continued.

"I think this week will be similar to what the first week of the Tour is usually like, with a bit less stress because the GC has kind of taken its shape so we will just see what happens."


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CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
I think Cavendish has really matured in the last few months. He seems more grounded, and less agitated with failure. I think he's learning how to be human like the rest of us, and not the superhuman speed demon we've witnessed for so long. I hope he can give Sagan a run for that jersey!
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
That's unfortunate. I want to watch a superhuman speed demon. I find humans like the rest of us all around me. Humans like the rest of us are boring, really.
becmar More than 1 year ago
What Cav did in the Giro this year was superhuman. He looked knackered after - in all that snow? Amazing.
Mark Hornsby More than 1 year ago
In 62 racing days so far this year, he has travelled the equivalent of ¼ of the way around the world. I call that pretty damn superhuman :)
WestinCarpaccio More than 1 year ago
I have to agree. I didn't like his attitude before. He was just too much. Now he seems much more humble and understanding that you cannot win every time. Amazingly he gave out a compliment to Sagan.
velojcns More than 1 year ago
I think Sagan has the edge over Cavendish on stages or races that have climbs.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Yes, that's an accepted fact, I'm sure.
Spectateur More than 1 year ago
He is too optimistic!No chance! Sagan will be in the first 3 or 4 even in the "sprinter" stages,and he is capable of winning any other stage save for the big mountains. Don't forget the intermediate sprints in the hilly stages too.
Otis Farnsworth More than 1 year ago
The next three stages (not including the ITT) are vital if Cav really does want the green jersey - he'll need both first place at the end AND in the intermediates if he's to make any serious inroads into Sagan's lead. For all the talk though, I'm expecting him to prioritise the stage wins.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Yes, the Green seems harder to come by now, but he can surely try to get as many stage wins as possible. And just extend his overall tally. Whatever points he gets can assist in the overall count. It'll be very hard to get rid of Sagan in any of the sprint stages. Sagan has become an amazing all-rounder.
WestinCarpaccio More than 1 year ago
Unless Sagan finishes far back Cav probably doesn't have a chance. The difference in points wouldn't be enough.
Chainstay99 More than 1 year ago
I'm glad he is determined to make it a battle but I think he will need some luck to win the jersey now. I hope he wins a couple of stages this week
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
If Cav can take out two of the three flat stages this week and a win on the Champs Elysees then I think he'll be more than satisfied even without the green jersey. Cannondale's domination of stage 7 on the road to Albi has virtually sealed the jersey for Sagan who pointedly, but not imo arrogantly, when replying to the question as to who was now his greatest rival following that stage answered 'Crash.'