A Classy Peter Sagan Retains His World Road Race Title

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By David HARDING Doha, Oct 16, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan retained his world road race title in an exciting sprint finish in Doha on Sunday, edging Britain's Mark Cavendish into second. Slovakian Sagan, who also won in Richmond, USA, last year, said the result was "unbelievable". "I am still in total shock, I am very, very happy," said the 26-year-old. … [Read more...]

Cavendish And Sagan Ready For Battle At Road Race Championships

By David HARDING Doha, Oct 15, 2016 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish will be eyeing a possible second world road race title in Doha on Sunday but should face a stern challenge from reigning champion Peter Sagan. For the first time since 2011 the World Championship course is best suited to sprinters, giving in-form Cavendish plenty to be … [Read more...]

Comeback King Cavendish Sprints Home For Tour de France Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Villars-les-Dombes, France, July 16, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish's revival was complete on Saturday as the Briton won his 30th Tour de France stage in a high-speed sprint finish. The 31-year-old Briton took the 14th stage from Montelimar to Parc des Oiseaux in a dominant performance for his fourth stage victory at this Tour alone. And … [Read more...]

Froome Attack Gains Time, Sagan Wins Stage 11 At Tour de France

Tour de France stage 11

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Montpellier, France, July 13, 2016 (AFP) - Overall leader Chris Froome produced another surprise attack to gain time on his Tour de France rivals as Peter Sagan won Wednesday's blustery 11th stage. "It was another spur-of-the-moment thing," said Froome, who performed a similar trick in the seventh stage. "The team did a massive job in keeping me … [Read more...]

Cavendish Eyes Record Books With 29th Tour de France Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Montauban, France, July 7, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish took another giant step towards Tour de France greatness by claiming his 29th stage win on Thursday in a dramatic sprint finish in sweltering heat. The 31-year-old Briton now only has Belgian legend Eddy Merckx ahead of him on the all-time list of stage victories with a once-seemingly … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 4 Win A “Relief” For Marcel Kittel

Tour de France stage 4

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Limoges, France, July 5, 2016 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel said his Tour de France stage win on Tuesday was a relief following a nightmare 2015. The 28-year-old German was the dominant sprinter in the world through 2013 and 2014, winning four stages at the Tour in each year. But his 2015 season was wrecked by illness and he … [Read more...]

Cavendish Slams Froome’s Team Sky Over Sprint Finish Tactics

Tour de France stage 3

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Angers, France, July 4, 2016 (AFP) - Speed king Mark Cavendish hit out at the Sky team of Tour de France champion Chris Froome for making sprint finishes dangerous. Cavendish won Monday's third stage of the Tour in a paper-thin finish ahead of Andre Greipel. It was his 28th Tour stage win and second in three days this year, putting him joint second on the … [Read more...]

Cavendish Sets Mark With Narrow Stage 3 Tour de France Win

Tour de France stage 3

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Angers, France, July 4, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish moved up to joint second on the all-time Tour de France stage win list with victory on Monday's third stage by the tightest of margins. It was Cavendish's 28th Tour stage victory, and second of this edition in three days, to equal the mark of French hero Bernard Hinault. Only Belgian … [Read more...]

Cavendish Has D-Day On Mind As He Gets The Yellow Jersey

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utah Beach, France, July 2, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish will wear the coveted yellow jersey for the first time on the Tour de France on Sunday after winning Saturday's opening stage at Utah Beach. The Manx Missile also closed in on the all-time stage wins record following a bunch sprint in which he timed his run perfectly to … [Read more...]

Tour de France Getting Harder For Sprinters Says Cavendish

Saint-Lô, France, June 30, 2016 (AFP) - Every year the Tour de France gets tougher for sprinters, British speed king Mark Cavendish claimed ahead of a distinctly mountainous 2016 edition. The 31-year-old Manxman is third in the all-time list of Tour stages wins with 26 behind only legends Eddie Merckx (34) of Belgium and France's Bernard Hinault (28). But having won 20 Tour stages in … [Read more...]