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S10        **                                                                                                                                                          MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011   THE DAILY TELEGRAPH


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                                             During a brief lull in celebrations,
                                          Cavendish revealed that despite,
                                          being docked 20 points on two con-
                                          secutive stages in the Alps for finish-
                                          ing outside the time limit, his only
                                          low point and moment of doubt on
                                          Tour came when he suffered with ill-
By Brendan Gallagher in Paris             ness through the Pyrenees.
                                             “In the Alps I never suffered too
Not so long ago Mark Cavendish used       bad, it’s not so humid there, but the
to race his mates to the nearest lamp-    Pyrenees was hard. I couldn’t really
post in Ramsey on the Isle of Man.        say anything at the time but I got sick
Yesterday, he roared down the             at the end of the first week with a
Champs Élysées in Paris to again beat     stomach problem. It really took the
all-comers. The only difference is that   energy out of me, I was really low. But
this time more than a million people      I have an incredible team. Bernie
were watching him on the roadside         Eisel stood by me, the entire team
and a place in the record books was       stood by me, they got me through and
at stake.                                 I am super proud of them.”
   He was imperious, but Cavendish           Indeed they did and Cavendish
always is on the Champs. He owns          never underplays their contribution.
the place and has never lost here.        They deliver and he executes. As the
This was his third straight victory in    peloton sped into Paris yesterday
Paris on the final day of the Tour and     Cavendish was just 15 points ahead of
despite pre-race nerves — by his own      the obdurate Spaniard José Rojas,
admission, he was as grumpy as hell       who rides for the Movistar team, and
on Saturday in Grenoble — nothing         accidents can happen very quickly
was going to deny him yesterday.          when a frantic peloton is racing for
   Last year L’Équipe dubbed              an hour at 70kmph.
Cavendish “the king without a crown”         The Champs Élysées morphs into
when he again failed to win the green     the world’s biggest hippodrome for
jersey but yesterday we witnessed his     the day — a 6.5km chariot circuit –
coronation as not only the fastest        and frankly it’s a bit of a circus. But   On centre stage: Mark Cavendish         the way for their man’s dash for glory.      arriving in the best condition,”
road sprinter of his generation but       buried among the end-of-tour frivol-      celebrates his victory in Paris         Despite a strong surge from Edvald           Cavendish said.
probably in Tour de France history.       ity, curious tourists and champagne                                               Boasson Hagen, of Sky, the victory             The only cloud on the horizon,
   “I finally got it but it didn’t come    toasts lies an hour of deadly earnest       Smart thinking, but then an alarm-    was secured.                                 albeit a silver-lined one, is the fight to
easy,” Cavendish said. “It’s an incred-   sport that makes and breaks careers.      ing incident saw Cavendish unex-           Who knows where it will all end for       sign him after his contract runs out
ibly emotional day for me, to stand on       There was little room for error and    pectedly experience a mechanical        Cavendish, aged only 26? His total of        with HTC-High Road at the end of
the podium and to receive that green      Cavendish. His HTC-High Road team         problem. He had to stop and change      20 stage wins since 2008 puts him            this year. Sky remain strong front
jersey was a massive moment but I         needed to nail the final sprint and        bikes. No panic, though, as room-       equal fifth on the all-time Tour de           runners unless HTC-High Road can
was there on behalf of eight other        that is precisely what they did. First    mate and “best friend in the world’     France list yet traditionally sprinters      find another sponsor, but that will
incredible guys.                          they put Lars Bak up the road in the      Eisel dropped back to help him return   do not peak until their early thirties.      happen only if Cavendish first com-
   “We have really had to work hard       six-man break to mark any unex-           to the peloton. Then came the           There is no reason to suppose his            mits to them.
for this jersey, every day for 21 days.   pected moves, then at the intermedi-      moment that British fans had waited     dominance will end any time soon.              It is complicated to say the least
We went after the intermediate sprints    ate sprint, after three laps of the       for as the eight-man HTC-High Road         “I would like to come back and            and Liquigas are understood also to
as well and halfway through the green     Champs Élysées, Matt Goss led him         train gathered and blasted their way    consistently win at the Tour de France.      be in the market for him. Whatever
jersey came into our hands and we         out and kept riding to deprive Rojas      through the pack like a snow plough     It is so far ahead of anything else I do     the outcome, Cavendish can virtually
were able to keep it.”                    of another point at the bunch sprint.     clearing a mid-winter track, paving     and my whole year is built around            name his price, although he remains




                                          against calling a national holiday, but                                           occasion Evans had donned the                at the age of 34, is the third-oldest
                                          everybody Down Under has been                                                     yellow jersey this year, but frankly         winner of the Tour. Looking at the
                                          urged to wear yellow to work today.                                               what better time than the fourth             runners and riders before the race
                                            With all the attention focused on                                               Sunday of the Tour?                          started at Passage du Gois on July 2,
                                          Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck,                                                  Evans is only the third non-               he recognised that only a fully fit and
                                          Evans has flown beautifully under the                                              European to win the Tour – after Greg        motivated Contador and Schleck
                                          radar during the last three weeks,                                                LeMond and Lance Armstrong – and             stood between him and perhaps a last
By Brendan Gallagher in Paris             until the realisation on Friday night,                                            the significance of that was not lost         realistic shot at the sport’s ultimate
                                          with the last mountain stage finished,                                             on race director Christian Prud-             prize.
In a “two-horse” race it often pays to    that nobody was going to stop him.                                                homme.                                          Not the most naturally gifted rider
cover your bet with a modest wager          The great grandson of a                                                           “Cadel’s victory symbolises the glo-       in the peloton, Evans is exceptional
on the third favourite, and that was      Welsh immigrant to the Northern                                                   balisation of cycling,” he said. “He’s       overall. He is an excellent time-
the story of the 2011 Tour de France,     Territories, Evans roared around                                                  the first Australian winner, the first         triallist and a very strong climber. He
after Australia’s Cadel Evans win at a    the 26.4-mile time-trial course on                                                winner from the southern hemi-               can even contest a full-on sprint if the
canter down the Champs-Élysées in         Saturday to complete the job in a ride                                            sphere, and he’s someone who started         finish is uphill as he showed when
Paris yesterday.                          that rapidly morphed into a lap of                                                off as a mountain biker. It shows the        winning the Mûr-de-Bretagne stage.
  After much debate, the killjoys in      honour. Victory was his.                                                          diversity of our sport.”                        His real genius, though, is his street
the Australian government decided           Yesterday may have been the first        Celebrating victory: Cadel Evans          Evans is a popular champion who,           fighter’s instinct for survival and a
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               SPORT
                         ANNA GOWTHORPE/PA

                                              RESULTS                                                   SPORT IN BRIEF
                                               STAGE 21
                                               (Créteil to Champs-Élysées, Paris, 59 miles)
                                                                                                                                                ATHLETICS                                becoming pairs partners. Yesterday
                                                                                                                                                Great Britain finished third in the       they surged well clear of the field, a
                                               1 Mark Cavendish (GB, HTC-Highroad)                                                              medal table at the European Junior       gold medal never in doubt.
                                               2hrs 27mins 02secs                                                                               Championships after winning five
                                               2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway, Sky Procycling)
                                               3 André Greipel (Germany, Omega Pharma-Lotto)
                                                                                                                                                medals on the final day in Tallinn.       SNOOKER
                                               4 Tyler Farrar (US, Garmin-Cervelo)                                                                The women’s 4x400 metres relay         Stuart Bingham won the first ranking
                                               5 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland, Leopard)                                                       team took gold, Emelia Gorecka and       tournament of his career after
                                               6 Daniel Oss (Italy, Liquigas)                           American Russ Cochran yesterday         Annabel Gummow were second and           staging a superb comeback to stun
                                               7 Borut Bozic (Slovenia, Vacansoleil)                    won the Senior Open Championship        third in the 5,000m and the men’s        Mark Williams in a thrilling final of
                                               8 Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania, Astana)                      at Walton Heath with a closing 67.      and women’s 4x100m relay teams           the Australian Goldfields Open.
                                               9 Gerald Ciolek (Germany, Quick-Step)                       The 52-year-old left-hander          won silver and bronze respectively.         Bingham’s bid for a maiden
                                               10 Jimmy Engoulvent (France, Saur-Sojasun)               finished 12 under par, two ahead of        Kirsten McAslan anchored the           triumph looked to have been sunk
                                               All same time
                                               Others: 63 Geraint Thomas (GB, Sky Procycling);
                                                                                                        fellow overnight leader Mark            4x400m team to victory by just 0.06      as world No1 Williams took an 8-5
                                               127 Nicolas Roche (Ireland, AG2R); 146 Ben Swift         Calcavecchia. Former Ryder Cup          seconds from Poland, admitting:          lead in the best-of-17 final at the
                                               (GB, Sky Procycling) all same time as Cavendish;         captains Tom Watson and Corey           “That was so close, I only noticed the   Bendigo Stadium in Victoria.
                                               158 David Millar (GB, Garmin-Cervelo) +35s.              Pavin shared third place a shot         Polish girl at the last minute.”            But the 35 year-old refused to give
                                                                                                        further back after rounds of 67 and                                              in and levelled the scores before
                                               FINAL OVERALL
                                               1 Cadel Evans (Australia, BMC Racing)
                                                                                                        69 respectively, with England’s Barry   ROWING                                   winning a tense deciding frame.
                                               86hrs 12mins 22secs                                      Lane fifth another stroke adrift.        Three gold-medal performances
                                               2 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg, Leopard) +1m 34s                In Stockholm, home favourite         plus a bronze in the men’s eight         BOXING
                                               3 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg, Leopard) +2m 30s            Alexander Noren battled freak winds     gave Britain their second-best ever      Tyson Fury said he was in no rush to
                                               4 Thomas Voeckler (France, Europcar) +3m 20s             as he cruised to a seven-shot victory   result at the world under-23             fight Wladimir Klitschko after taking
                                               5 Alberto Contador (Spain, Saxo Bank) +3m 57s            at the Scandinavian Masters.            championships in Amsterdam.              the British and Commonwealth titles
                                               6 Samuel Sánchez (Spain, Euskaltel) +4m 55s                 Noren’s five-over-par 77 gave him       The three winning crews all set        from Dereck Chisora at Wembley
                                               7 Damiano Cunego (Italy, Lampre) +6m 05s                 a 72-hole total of 15-under 273, with   new age-group world records,             Arena.
                                               8 Ivan Basso (Italy, Liquigas) +7m 23s
                                               9 Tom Danielson (US, Garmin-Cervelo) +8m 15s
                                                                                                        Briton Richard Finch (69) alone in      starting with Kieran Emery and              The 23-year-old, 6ft 9in Fury, who
                                               10 Jean-Christophe Péraud (France, AG2R)                 second place on 280 after shooting      Lucerne super-sub Peter Chambers,        is unbeaten after 15 fights, inflicted a
                                               +10m 11s                                                 the day’s only round in the 60s.        who fought off New Zealand’s attack      first professional defeat on Chisora
                                               Others: 26 Nicolas Roche (Ireland, AG2R)                    At the RBC Canadian Open in          in the lightweight pairs.                with a unanimous points decision.
                                               +46m 23s; 31 Geraint Thomas (GB, Sky Procycling)         Vancouver, Bo van Pelt bounced back       Kat Copeland had a similar race in        “I’m only just starting off at the
                                               +1h 00m 48s; 76 David Millar (GB, Garmin-Cervelo)        from an opening bogey to keep his       the lightweight singles. George Nash     moment,” he said. “I’m going to go
                                               +2h 14m 56s; 130 Mark Cavendish (GB,                     bid on track through the early stages   and Constantine Louloudis were           for the Irish title next followed by a
                                               HTC-Highroad) +3h 15m 05s; 137 Ben Swift (GB,            of the final round.                      Boat Race rivals in March before         defence of the British.”
                                               Sky Procycling) +3h 18m 07s.
                                               POINTS
                                               1 Mark Cavendish (GB, HTC-Highroad) 334 ;
                                               2 José Joaquin Rojas (Spain, Movistar) 272;
                                               3 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto)
                                               236.
                                               MOUNTAINS
                                               1 Samuel Sánchez (Spain, Euskaltel) 108pts;
                                               2 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg, Leopard) 98;
                                               3 Jelle Vanendert (Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto)
                                               74.
                                               YOUNG RIDERS
                                               1 Pierre Rolland (France, Europcar) 86hrs 23mins
                                               05secs; 2 Rein Taaramae (Estonia, Cofidis) +46s;
                                               3 Jérôme Coppel (France, Saur-Sojasun) +7m 53s;
                                               7 Geraint Thomas (GB, Sky Proycling) +50m 05s.
                                               TEAMS
                                               1 Garmin-Cervelo (US) 258hrs 18mins 49secs;
                                               2 Leopard (Luxembourg) +11m 04s; 3 AG2R
                                               (France) +11m 20s; 6 Sky Procycling (GB) +58m 24s.

                                               STAGE 21 YESTERDAY
                                               FINISH
                                               Paris Champs-Élysées

                                                                   Entrance to
                                                                   circuit 44km
coy. When asked whether he would
care to comment last night he paused
for 25 seconds – it seemed an eternity
– before smiling broadly and answer-
ing: “No.”
  Officially, negotiations are not
meant to open until Aug 1, so in the               Stage
                                                                      START
                                                 distance
meantime there is a monumental vic-                                   Créteil
                                                59 miles 95 km
tory and red-letter day for British
cycling to celebrate. As Matt Bram-            Créteil                 Paris Champs-Élysées
                                               46m                                            7th 38m
meier, his HTC colleague and long-                                Entrance to        5th
                                                             Paris circuit 41m      circuit circuit
time friend from Great Britain junior
days, tweeted last night: “11 years ago
a little fat kid told me he would one
day win the green jersey at the Tour.
He just did! So proud of my mate.”




bloody minded determination to get            to end France’s 26-year wait for a
the job done.                                 Tour winner provided the romance
  Contador arrived more fatigued              while Norway prospered on and off
from the Giro d’Italia than anybody           the road, with their fans in good voice
had reckoned on and promptly                  and Thor Hushovd and Edvald Boas-
crashed on the first day. Another              son Hagen sharing four stage wins.
crash on stage five damaged his knee.            Team Sky were much more aggres-
The Spaniard was never quite the              sive than last year and Geraint
same after that.                              Thomas was one of the riders of the
  Schleck produced the ride of the            Tour. Inevitably, though, their Tour
Tour with his marvellous attack on            was clouded by the loss on stage
the Queen stage to the summit of the          seven of Bradley Wiggins, who
Galibier, but Evans chased him for            crashed out.
the best part of 40 miles to minimise           This Tour, with its tough time-trial
his losses and ensure that the                finish, would have suited him very
destination of the yellow jersey would        nicely. Just how well we will never
ultimately be decided in Grenoble.            know but he is three years younger
  Thomas Voeckler’s brave attempt             than Evans, so all is not lost.

				
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