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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
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 ** S11
RESULTS SPORT IN BRIEF
(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
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.
1 Mark Cavendish (GB, HTC-Highroad) 334 ;
2 José Joaquin Rojas (Spain, Movistar) 272;
3 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto)
1 Samuel Sánchez (Spain, Euskaltel) 108pts;
2 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg, Leopard) 98;
3 Jelle Vanendert (Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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.
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
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-
Officially, negotiations are not
meant to open until Aug 1, so in the Stage
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.