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Cavendish praises Sagan after his success in Albi

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
July 6, 2013, 04:50,
Updated:
July 6, 2013, 05:51
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, July 6, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in Montpellier.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in Montpellier.

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Manxman: There are still plenty of sprints before the Champs Élysées

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) missed out on the sprint in Albi on Stage 7 of the Tour de France and on points for the green points jersey competition but sportingly took it on the chin.

Yesterday the Manxman was livid after crashing in the finale, being forced to change to his spare bike and sprinting from behind his rivals. During Friday's long stage to Albi he and his teammates tried to catch the front group that included Sagan but eventually threw in the towel.

Cavendish finished in the 90-rider front group, 14:53 behind Sagan. He remains third in the points classification, but is 105 points behind the Cannondale sprinter, who has already racked up a total of 224 points with his victory in Albi and a series of excellent placings.

Cavendish spoke briefly after getting changed on the team bus.

"I wasn’t the only one dropped on that mid-stage climb, there were about 80 others and there’s still plenty of sprints left before the Champs Élysées," he told French television.

He later tweeted: "Well, one of the "maybe a sprint" days definitely wasn't!! Finished with about 80 riders after @opqscyclingteam did some gutsy chasing."

"Kind of knew what Cannondale would do today, but no way to prevent it. They rode faultlessly. Congratulations to @petosagan. #machine"

Directeur sportif Brian Holm also sportingly accepted defeat, doffing his hat at the excellent work of the Cannondale team.

"Cannondale did a bloody good ride today didn’t they? Everyone knew exactly what would happen and they did it," he told Cyclingnews.

"There were two or three teams chasing behind but they pulled it off. For sure it doesn't make it any easier for the green jersey but what can you do?

"Cav was quite alright today. He was fine on the climb, we've got no worries. Yesterday he was angry. But if he wasn't angry after yesterday, he should find another job, shouldn't he."

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step had the consolation that Michal Kwiatkowski finished fourth on the stage and retained the best young rider's white jersey. He could take the yellow jersey on Saturday if he stays with the overall contenders and distances Daryl Impey, Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).

 

swsnwf More than 1 year ago
Yes, there are plenty of sprints... but all will not be won by Cavendish and even if Cavendish win, Sagan will be at least at TOP 5, so there is no chance to gain a green jersey for him
popoleke More than 1 year ago
Except for a crash of Sagan, or illness. He has to act as if Sagan wasn't there for green, because if he falters, and that greipel don't take part in the supersprints anymore, it will be his
Sam Birkinshaw More than 1 year ago
The problem with the points classification now is that an all-rounder such as Sagan can do everything so well that the jersey favours an all rounder moreso than a pure sprinter. It's heading in the direction of the Giro's points jersey - if you can climb better than a pure sprinter and place top-5 in each flat stage you're going to win the jersey out of consistency rather than being the best sprinter, which is what the jersey is meant to be awarded for. He's not a pure sprinter and because he can do everything just below par of the specialists he'll win the green jersey for the next decade if the points system doesn't change. Secondly, i don't understand why, over 7 road stages so far, the KOM leader has about 12 points but today, the first day in the high mountains, in total a rider can rack up 40 points in a single stage. Why aren't the points differences so great between a flat stage and a medium mountain stage as they are for the KOM classification say, 50 points total for a flat stage and 20 for a medium mountain stage which a pure sprinter will likely to struggle to contest? the KOM system favours a climbing specialist, which is why the jersey is won by voeckler and rolland and not sagan or boassan hagen who can climb well but not well enough to win it. A half-decent sprinter, as long as they are positioned well in the intermediate sprints and finishes, could win the points jersey just because they can contest 15 or the 21 stages. You win the KOM jersey by being a climbing specialist, not an all rounder. Why isn't there an 'all rounders' jersey? so, points for every single stage, alongside the points/kom classification. i.e. 20 points for every single stage. no intermediates, just the finish line.
dhbemis More than 1 year ago
Who says the tour's green jersey should be won by the best sprinter? The best pure sprinters already get a lot of prestige by winning tons of stages. Cav would certainly rather win stages than the jersey. I like the balance and smarts required in the riders who compete for the points classification.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Agree with dhbemis - also, Sagan is a damn good sprinter if you haven't noticed yet... he was second in the stage won by Greipel (ahead of Kittel and Cav), and he constantly beats pure sprinters He is also strong on the mountains - why shouldn't he deserve the green jersey ???
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
Technically the Tour ORGANIZERS say the green jersey should be won by the best sprinter. Hence why they changed the rules a few years ago.
padbeat More than 1 year ago
The Green Jersey was always for the best all-rounder, but it was a bit embarassing that Cav was hoovering up stages but not winning the jersey - 2009 Cav got 6 stages, but the Green Jersey went to Hushovd who won 1 and in 2010 Cav won 5 stages, but Pettacchi won the jersey with 2 stages. That's when they decided to change the points distribution. That worked to his advantage in 2011, but Sky's strategy did for his ambitions in 2012. This year he's got a better range of rivals that he has for many years and Sagan can sprint nearly as well and do other things better. Obviously he'd like more Green Jerseys, but he's already recignised as the best sprinter in the history of the Tour.
Rob Found More than 1 year ago
Where do the organizers actually say it should be for "best sprinter"? They clearly adjusted the points scheme to put more emphasis on sprinters, rather than all-rounders, but if they truly wanted it just for 'best sprinter" they would only give points on stages that end in mass sprints, or flat stages in general. They still give points for prologues/TTs, in fact.
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
(Why can't you reply down to the "fifth level"?) Anyway. I don't remember exactly WHERE I read it (seeing as it was two years ago) but I remember Someone pretty much stating that 'it didn't seem right that Cavendish couldn't win the points jersey, despite winning all those sprints.' But yeah... it DOES seem a bit weird to pretty much state that the green jersey is primarily for sprinters, then have the intermediate sprint after a cat 1 or something like that...
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