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2010 Tour de France Stage 6 Montargis to Gueugnon

July 10, 2010

I guess I was a bit hard on Mark Cavendish yesterday, but I was somewhat mollified when I saw his reaction when he was crowned the winner of the stage. He must have finally felt vindicated after so much time. He was finally able to pay back his team by winning.

Lang, Perez and Perget got away 4km into the race. They were joined by two more riders but were all caught at the 10 km mark. The race was predictable, nothing big happened. The undulating slightly hilly course wasn’t optimal for a bunch sprint, but this is how it ended. There was a small crash midway, nothing to write home about.

For a moment, it looked like Garmin Transitions would close the win, but a fantastic lead out by Mark Renshaw from HTC Columbia allowed Mark Cavendish to grab the win in a decisive manner. There was no doubt that he was the fastest. Interestingly enough, Farrar finished 2nd and Petacchi finished 3rd.

I’m looking forward to the mountain stages to see the jockeying in the GC standings.

There was also a little fight after the event, between Barredo and Costa. Barredo went after Costa with his front wheel and started pummeling him. Costa gave him a few hits and then they were separated. Apparently, Costa bumped into him during the race, at around 20 km before the end and knocked the wind out of him.

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