Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) made a great comeback in stage 5 and showed he still has the speed to win sprints at the Tour de France with a perfectly timed and perfectly executed late charge to the line in Montargis.
After the manic days of the opening week so far, stage 4′s 153.5km jaunt from Cambrai to Reims would serve as a chance for riders to lick their wounds and take a little rest amongst friends in the peloton. This was aided by an early break which went after two kilometres, when Dmitri Champion (AG2R-La Mondiale) sparked a quintet of riders into action and formed the escape group that was allowed to get away early.
We got what we were hoping for on this stage as the cobbles really lived up to expectations. It was tough, it was difficult, and we saw a reshuffle in a lot of areas. Thor Hushovd won the stage with Fabian Cancellara regaining the yellow jersey.
Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel claimed the leader’s yellow jersey after winning yet another crash-marred stage of the Tour de France Monday as the peloton called a truce in the wet Belgian Ardennes.
The Tour de France is upon us and what an exciting 3 weeks it is going to be. Will Lance manage a podium finish? Will Contador simply ride away from the peloton in the mountains? All these questions will be answered in due time. Crank has decided to spice things up and run 3 competitions during the duration of the tour.
World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) donned the first yellow jersey of the 2010 Tour de France after easily winning the 8.9km prologue in Rotterdam on Saturday. Lance Armstrong had a good ride coming home in 4th, 22 seconds behind Cancellara.
Have you ever wondered why riders take on the challenge of the Tour de France? If you had to guess fame, money or personal achievement you would be wrong. Keep reading for the real incentive to get to the finish line first.
Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar bagged another win this season at Northstar in Lake Tahoe at the US Pro GRT downhill. He was joined on the podium by Bryn Atkinson (Transitions) in second, Syndicate teammate Steve Peat in third, Cedric Gracia (Brigade) in fourth and the young Mitch Ropelato in fifth.