Friday, July 23, 2010

Tour De France: Stage 18

Mark Cavendish took his fourth stage of the Tour, no reason to think he won't take his fifth come the final stage in Paris.  If he does he will have a real shot at coming from way back to take the Green Jersey.  He's only 16 points behind.  If he wins the stage he gets 35 points.  If Hushovd finishes third or worse on the stage then Cavendish will pass him.  If Petacchi finishes seventh or worse Cavendish will finish ahead of him.  Actually if Petacchi finishes seventh they would be tied in points, but it would go to Cavendish because he will have won the stage, at least I think that's right.

Anyhow that's exciting.  Right now though everyone is thinking about the time trial tomorrow.  It's Contador's race to lose, but an eight second gap is awful small.   

Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 213  pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 203
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 197
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 167
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 162

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