Write-up by vipyoyo
Mark Cavendish’s third stage win of the 2010 Tour de France was marred when his HTC Columbia group-mate Mark Renshaw was disqualified for headbutting.Isle of Man’s Cavendish won the 184.5km stage amongst Sisteron and Bourg-les-Valence right after Renshaw employed his head to nudge Garmin’s Julian Dean out the way. The disruption developed space for Cavendish to assault the line and win. Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck retained the general lead after a fairly slow and flat stage via the haute Alps. Nonetheless, the race burst into life five kilometres from the end when Lampre, with green jersey hopeful Alessandro Petacchi in their ranks, and HTC jostled for placement at the front for their sprinters to attack in the ultimate 300m.
Australian Renshaw was involved in an extraordinary tussle with Dean in the final kilometre as the Garmin rider attempted to generate an ideal line for group-mate and specialist sprinter Tyler Farrar to assault. Dean’s presence pushed Renshaw closer to the barriers on the left, leaving tiny area for Cavendish, sat on the again of his staff-mate’s wheel, to respond in the final 500m. Renshaw responded by utilizing his helmet three times to push Dean to the appropriate and give Cavendish the required space to hit the front. With room a premium, the Manxman was compelled to assault at 400m but had just sufficient to maintain off Petacchi, with American Farrar in third. “It was hard to get organised, but we have been alright,” said an exhausted Cavendish soon after his 13th Tour stage win in 3 years, overtaking Erik Zabel’s, Mario Cipollini’s and Robbie McEwen’s tally of twelve occupation stage wins. “I noticed Julian fighting with Mark, I was behind and I was boxed in. I normally go around 200m – 250m max – but I had to go 375m-400m so it was a extended complete by my specifications.” Nevertheless, former earth staff pursuit track champion Renshaw’s aggressive method enraged Tour technical director Jean-Francois Pescheux. “Renshaw is out. We watched the movie once and it was blatant. He head-butted Dean like in a keirin race,” stated the Frenchman.
“This is a bicycle race, not a gladiator’s arena. Everybody could have ended up on their backs.” Petacchi’s second spot end ensured the Italian took the green jersey in the factors classification race from Thor Hushovd. Renshaw’s absence is a huge blow for Cavendish’s hopes of claiming the green jersey, which is generally won by a sprinter, for the initial time in his profession when the Tour rolls into Paris a week on Sunday. Cavendish is fourth in the sprinters’ standings with 132 factors, 29 behind leader Petacchi, with Hushovd in 2nd and McEwen in 3rd. Rapid Step’s Jerome Pineau retains the polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains. Saxo Bank’s Schleck taken care of his 41-second overall race lead over defending champion and great pal Alberto Contador of Astana. The duo have been pictured chatting amiably during the experience by way of south eastern France. And Schleck, who revealed they had gone on vacation together, said: “It was quiet and we could act like typical individuals. So we remembered our holidays.” Friday’s intriguing stage amongst Bourg-de-Peage and Mende addresses 210.5km including three third-class and two class two climbs with a hilltop finish. (Go to my internet site and see the most current and most common Fake Watches designs.)
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