cavendish wins stage 18 tour de france 300x194   Cavendish wins Stage 18 Tour de FranceHTC Columbia’s Mark Cavendish wins Stage 18 of Tour de France, beating Julian Dean of Garmin-Transitions and Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese Vini in a bunch sprint. Fourth place went to Robbie McEwen of Team Katusha and crossing the finish line at fifth was Oscar Freire of RaboBank.

Thor Hushovd of Cervelo Test Team failed to hold on to the green jersey by coming in at 14th place, leaving Petacchi now the bearer of the maillot vert and with a ten-point advantage over Hushovd. Cavendish is now at third place for the race of the green jersey.

There’s no change on the overall standings after the 198km stage. Alberto Contador of Astana still wears the yellow jersey and Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank trails 8 seconds behind the Spaniard.

Stage 18 Top 5 Results:
1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Columbia
2. Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions
3. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
4. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
5. Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank

Overall Standings:
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Astana
2. Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank @ 8s
3. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 3’32”
4. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank @ 3’53”
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) OmegaPharma-Lotto @ 5’27””