Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cavendish Is Back

Photo credit © Roberto Bettini
Stage five turned out to be the most exciting stage to date in this year's edition of the Tour de France.  All the sprinters, including Tyler Farrar, were there at the finish providing an exciting and strategic finish.  In the end, Mark Cavendish returned to form to runaway with the victory.
Thor Hushovd increased his lead in the points standings with a strong fifth place finish.
Again today, there were no changes in the General Classification (yellow jersey) standings.
Prediction for stage six:  More of the same.  If Cavendish is back in form he will be tough to beat.  Farrar, who finished 10th today, seems to be healing quite fast and may be ready to challenge. Hushovd will be at the front, but only a mistake by Cavendish will change the outcome.

Results - Stage 5

1 Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team HTC - Columbia 4:30:50  
2 Gerald Ciolek (GER) Team Milram    
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne    
5 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Cervelo Test Team    
6 Sébastien Turgot (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
7 Robbie McEwen (AUS) Team Katusha    
8 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
9 Lloyd Mondory (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
11 Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
12 Daniel Oss (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo    
13 Danilo Hondo (GER) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
14 Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R La Mondiale    
15 Yukiya Arashiro (JPN) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
16 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (ESP) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
17 Andriy Grivko (UKR) Astana    
18 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack    
19 Alberto Contador Velasco (ESP) Astana    
20 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (ESP) Euskaltel - Euskadi    

Point Standings (Green Jersey) 
1 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Cervelo Test Team 102  pts
2 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lampre-Farnese Vini 88  
3 Robbie McEwen (AUS) Team Katusha 81  
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 73  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Sky Professional Cycling Team 64  
6 Sébastien Turgot (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 59  
7 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky Professional Cycling Team 59  
8 Daniel Oss (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo 54  
9 Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team HTC - Columbia 50  
10 Gerald Ciolek (GER) Team Milram 49  
11 Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Quick Step 44  
12 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 42  
13 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Team Saxo Bank 37  
14 Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto 36  
15 Mark Renshaw (AUS) Team HTC - Columbia 35  
16 Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin - Transitions 30  
17 Julian Dean (NZL) Garmin - Transitions 30  
18 Julien El Farès (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 29  
19 Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R La Mondiale 28  
20 Alberto Contador Velasco (ESP) Astana 27  

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