Britain’s Mark Cavendish has won Monday in Angers 3rd stage of Tour de France, his second from the start and his 28th in the Tour.
To match Bernard Hinault in the Top stage winners, Cavendish has become of … 6 milliseconds, according to the organization’s data. Hardly a hose but a fatal gap in André Greipel, winner of Germany champion four times last year.
On the finish line, Greipel lifted his left arm and then backtracked. The review of the photo finish confirmed that Cavendish, probably “re-energized” by the workouts on track for practicing for the Olympics in Rio, had risen in extremis.
Already the fastest Saturday at Utah Beach to honor his new team jersey Dimension Data, the rider from the Isle of Man (31 years) is more advanced the number of steps by winning the Belgian legend Eddy Merckx , almost untouchable with 34 successes.
Annoyed by his defeat, Greipel tried to overcome his disappointment, while his team had done most of the work ahead of the pack (41% attendance in the last 50 kilometers).
“It was not a good sprint, I must admit,” admitted the German champions, before paying tribute to its historic rival: “It is not a shame to lose against Cavendish.”
Sagan wanted to have coffee
The duel between former teammates who have learned to respect over the years, dismissed partly in the shadow third in Bryan Coquard. In this major sprint, the young French (24 years) did better than the yellow jersey holder and world champion, Slovak Peter Sagan (4th).
“I have a hint of disappointment, said Coquard. I think I was the fastest. It was a finish that suited me. But the 500 meters, I had to slalom. ”
The ultimate power overshadowed the long hours that preceded it, a country party to the squad once more under skies.
Armindo Fonseca behind, alone in the lead right out of the port of Granville, the riders took advantage of crossing the grove pedaling quietly, chatting and smiling. At the historically low average … 33.6 km / h (in the first four hours), then waited Fonseca Thomas Voeckler and the race was finally accelerated.
“At one point I thought to stop for a coffee,” smiled Sagan. “On the first 200 kilometers, I’m not too amused. Of the last 20, the time passed much faster. ”
The duo of forwards, formed 82 kilometers from the finish, has long counted forty seconds ahead. Voeckler (37) has often revived the look but the junction was performed 8 kilometers from the castle of King René, invaded by the large crowd.
Quintana marking Froome
After the finish, Sagan mentioned above the regulatory conditions of the sprint, rather than confrontation, which brought together the world’s best on the road of Angers. To ask the International Cycling Union (UCI) a change in the regulations so that the riders overall have no more reason to mingle with the sprinters in the final.
Sagan, transformed actually spokesman sprinters, however, contradicted a few minutes later by Cavendish. “This is not the rule of three kilometers a problem but rather the mentality of runners,” said the winner.
Cavendish took aim at podium candidates looking to take advantage of possible breaks in the final seconds to nibble. Although this decision is perfectly lawful tactical risks.
For his demonstration, the British referred to the behavior of several teams, including that of his compatriot Chris Froome. In Angers, the outgoing winner of the Tour crossed the line in 22nd position …. With in his wheel, the Colombian climber Nairo Quintana, in a stunning marking shorts.
Sagan retained his yellow jersey for (at least) an extra day. Tuesday in Limoges, the end of the longest stage of this edition (237.5 km), the arrival judged false flat amount will still favorable.