Mark Cavendish has now won back to back stages, first winning Stage 5 of the Tour de France, and now taking home Stage 6. Although (as we just reported) a fight erupted at the end, you can say it was an overall good, and exciting day.
Cavendish said “I cross the line with my hands in the air, but it doesn’t make me necessarily the only guy who’s done it,” and he followed with “I’ve got guys riding for me on the front all day. It’s incredible to do, especially with the Alps coming up where some of our guys will have their own ambitions. It shows they are willing to sacrifice for the team.”
At the beginning of Stage 6 of the 2010 Tour de France, a three man breakaway took place, and with 73km to go, Sebastian Lang, Mathieu Perget, and Ruben Perez Moreno had more than halved. Astonishing, HTC-Columbia team was beside the pack for most of the day, while Saxo Bank team of Cancellara and other teams were near. Working together, they slashed the trail to 40 seconds, with one of the remaining small climbs to go.
Dmitri Champion edged along the final climb, and closed in on the leaders.
Also moving in were Astana, Saxo Bank, and RadioShack.
Farrar’s Garmin team moved to the head of the pack, giving Cavendish a run for his money, but could not match the power. Sadly, Farrar is recovering from a broken wrist that took place in Stage 2.
At the end of the day, Mark Cavendish adds another 35 points, and has a total of 70 for the past two days. Overall, Cavendish is 5th in points classification.