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The nice thing about the Cave Man is the come back kid story! Very few people believed he could do it and he was only selected after the preferred sprinter fell out. Beautiful story of the underdog! As for the number he won, I could not care less...this is for accountants and flagwavers.
 
Some slightly tetchy comments in the media as to Eddy’s greater achievements in his variety of victories (which is probably unarguable but not very gracious). A google search should bring them up. May of course have been taken slightly out of context. Cavendish has in turn responded civilly and has not sought to fan the flames.
 
Re Cav and Merckx, the commentators Down Under mentioned the small room for error in sprint finishes. ie, you make the slightest misjudgement and you won't win the sprint. They were of the opinion that there's more margin for error in ITTs and mountain top finishes.
 
Re Cav and Merckx, the commentators Down Under mentioned the small room for error in sprint finishes. ie, you make the slightest misjudgement and you won't win the sprint. They were of the opinion that there's more margin for error in ITTs and mountain top finishes.
And the Carcasonne finish this year just shows how tight it can be.
 
What has changed in the Tour is that sprints used to be an individual exercice while now, it is a very organised team exercice and Cavendish has incredible talent but also benefits from some great team work. Mreckx did not have a "train" to follow and was competing with specialists while he was not (he was allrounder). Still, great achievement for the Cave.
 
What has changed in the Tour is that sprints used to be an individual exercice while now, it is a very organised team exercice and Cavendish has incredible talent but also benefits from some great team work. Mreckx did not have a "train" to follow and was competing with specialists while he was not (he was allrounder). Still, great achievement for the Cave.
Have a look at Mark Renshaw (Cav's old lead out man back in the HTC days) break down Cav's wins at this year's TdF. Fascinating. It shows how even with a good train, things can go wrong, and how with no train he can still win.

 
Re Cav and Merckx, the commentators Down Under mentioned the small room for error in sprint finishes. ie, you make the slightest misjudgement and you won't win the sprint. They were of the opinion that there's more margin for error in ITTs and mountain top finishes.
It's all about timing, that ability to flick the switch at the right time. A skill just as important to understand in a summit finish as a sprint finish. Even more so as there are other factors at play, as we saw yesterday.
 
It's all about timing, that ability to flick the switch at the right time. A skill just as important to understand in a summit finish as a sprint finish. Even more so as there are other factors at play, as we saw yesterday.
I believe what Robbie McEwen was alluding to is that in a sprint finish there are many more variables to contend with, and with no chance to make amends.
Mind you, he was a sprinter as well.
 
I've seen breakaways before on the final day. Even on the Champs-Élysées. Sponsors will demand the exposure. Usual protocol is not to attack the yellow jersey and make sure he crosses the line still in yellow. I won't be surprised if there are a few breakaway attempts but DQS will make sure they don't get out of sight by getting riders in the breakaway, their numbers depending on how many riders are in it, and they'll slow it down by sitting on wheels and not taking a turn on the front.
 
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