Tour de France – Stage 11 – Wrap-up

Congratulations to Mark Cavendish! His 4th stage win this year gives him 8 for his young career, tying him with Barry Hoban for the most by a British rider. Mark’s team clearly has its field sprint strategy dialed-in—no matter the terrain.

Tyler Farrar has clearly asserted himself as one of the race’s top sprinters over the last two days. His confidence is rising and his team is starting to gel; I thought he was going to take it today. With a team as strong as Marky-Mark’s in the final few hundred meters, he might be just as unstoppable. Yauheni Hutarovich snuck-in in 3rd place today; look for him in Week 3.

And where has Tom Boonen been? 94th in the sprint yesterday, 16th today, he just doesn’t seem to have the desire to compete this year. Sure, he’s had some bad luck; but the last two days were tailor-made for him to at least give it a go. I sense there might be more to this story, but for now, all one can say is that Tom’s been a major disappointment—especially after his team fought so hard to get him to the race in the first place. What must Allan Davis be thinking?

What about you? What are you thinking? Share your comments below.

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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