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Cavendish Wins Sprint Without Radio

It was a day without radios on Stage 10 of this years Tour, a four man break away that included Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Russian Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), and two more French riders in Benoit Vaurengard (FdJ) and Samuel Dumoulin of Cofidis.

The gap fluctuated between 2-3 minutes with the peloton mostly controlled by the teams of the sprinters.

The breakaway was only reeled in with two kilometres to go in the 194.5km stage to set up the mass sprint.

Cavendish was perfectly lead out by his teammates in the tricky final kilometres with Mark Renshaw bringing him up to speed before powering ahead for a clear win. 

"[Team-mate] Mark Renshaw for me is the man of the day," Cavendish said afterwards.  "It was a technical finish, slightly uphill and very twisty, but Mark did a great job for me taking me through those last corners. Really all I had to do was finish off his work.  It’s an important victory for me.  I wanted to prove today that I didn’t come through the Pyrenees for nothing, and the team rode brilliantly for me again. They delivered me perfectly to the finish and I was able to deliver."

The winner of four stages last year, Cavendish calculates that "There are four more opportunities for bunch sprints, three more this week, and I’ll keep on going for the wins.  My big objective is to win on the Champs Elys?es in Paris on the last day."

The stage also featured a unique twist when race officials banned the use of radio ear-pieces during the stage. Many believe that the use of two-way radios, first introduced in the mid-1990s, has stifled the spontaneity of racing.

"Riders were not happy being unable to listen," said Contador after the race. "It was dangerous. The race organizers wanted more spectacle but they got less. Cycling has changed–it’s dangrious with so many car in the peloton. It was a pity for the public." He continued with, "On the other hand it was a flat stage so you could not expect a lot. But it would be better to do experiments in other races," he concluded.

Cerv?lo TestTeam’s Haussler has an an indifferent view, "I don’t understand why there’s such a big fuss about the ear pieces. It’s a rule and we will follow it," Haussler said. "It’s a safety question and we prefer to race with the ear pieces, but it’s not like we’re unable to think on our own. We can make our own decisions."

Top Ten Results

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia – HTC 4:46:43

2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team

3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Slipstream

4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne

5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne

6 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

7 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano

8 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom

9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas

10 Sa?d Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom

General Classification after Stage 10

1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 39:11:04

2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:06

3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:00:08

4 Andreas Kl?den (Ger) Astana 0:00:54

5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana

6 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia – HTC 0:01:00

7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin – Slipstream 0:01:01

8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Slipstream 0:01:24

9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:49

10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:01:54

Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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