…what do you mean “its coming home”?
I am talking about the Tour de France and the return of the 21st centuries most prolific stage winner at the race, Mark Cavendish.
As the sprinters chased down the ever hapless (he lost a race the other week by turning into a home owners drive way instead of crossing a junction) Brent van Moer in the final 300 metres of a close to 100 mile stage, Cav bided his time out of the wind.
All day the commentators had said that holding your sprint back on the uphill would be key.
Cav did it to perfection.
It was a dream return for the man who had been written off (even by me) as recent as last October.
One of the biggest sporting comebacks?
|1||CAVENDISH Mark||Deceuninck – Quick Step||120||100||3:20:17|
|2||BOUHANNI Nacer||Team Arkéa Samsic||50||70||,,|
|4||MATTHEWS Michael||Team BikeExchange||15||40||,,|
|5||SAGAN Peter||BORA – hansgrohe||5||32||,,|
|6||BOL Cees||Team DSM||26||,,|
|7||LAPORTE Christophe||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||22||,,|
|8||PEDERSEN Mads||Trek – Segafredo||18||,,|
|9||VAN POPPEL Boy||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||14||,,|
|10||GREIPEL André||Israel Start-Up Nation||10||,,|
I have followed his career since his first stage win at Chateauroux in 2008 (a town the race visits later this week) penning his name on the road in the mountains of 2009.
Is this the last hurrah?
I hope not, but what a way to go out if it is !