Sunday, July 05, 2009

TDF 2009: Manx Missile Wins Stage 2

Mark Cavendish known as the fastest man on earth, won the second stage of the Tour de France today.

It wasn't easy. From Monaco to Brignoles, there was a four man breakaway at about 37 km, and that group stayed away for about 150 km.

The peleton caught up to the lead group at about km 9 and steamrollered past, with the big teams lining up their sprinters for the finish.

Team Columbia Highroad's early pace of the peleton quickly turned into a struggle of the teams with fast riders, but that was no so smoothe: on this course, there were many split roads, splitting the peleton in two on more than three occasions.

In the last diversion about 2 km from the finish, the Columbia Team took the right--correct--turn and were in the lead with Cavendish at the number 4 position. Tucked in behind them was Tyler Farrar whose Garmin Slipstream team got spit out at the diversion.

In the final sprint, three Team Columbia team mates took turns pulling Cavendish closer to the finish and with Farrar close behind him, Cavendish took the win.

In his shining yellow and white glasses, Cavendish hugged his teammates, and carried a huge smile on his face.

Said Phil Liggett, "No one could get a hold of this man."

The overall standings of the TDF have not changed, with Fabian Cancellara still in the lead in the time cuts, Alberto Contador second, and Bradley Wiggins, third.

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