Wednesday, July 9, 2008

23-year old Mark Cavendish out-sprints the best for Britian's first win in 5 years

YOUTH MOVEMENT. Mark Cavendish of Britain out-sprinted the best of the best sprinters at the finish line of the longest day of this year's Tour de France (232 km) to claim a striking win. The charging peloton swallowed up a day-long breakaway group of three within the last kilometer. Several teams worked to set up to spring their best sprinter across the finish line. Oscar Freire was there. Thor Hushovd was there. Eric Zabel was there. And there, also, powering ahead of these sprint greats, was a 23-year old from England riding for American team Columbia. It as the first TdF stage win for a British rider since David Millar won a stage in 2003. Read and explore more about the Tour de France at my blog The Tour de France for the Rest of Us.