Cavendish wins open­ing stage of Tour de France

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

UTAH BEACH, France—Mark Cavendish closed in on the all-time record by win­ning the open­ing stage of the 2016 Tour de France at Utah Beach on Satur­day.

It was the 31-year-old Bri­ton’s 27th stage win since 2008 putting him just one win be­hind sec­ond-placed Bernard Hin­ault in the all-time list where Bel­gian leg­end Eddy Mer­ckx re­mains out in front on 34 on Satur­day amidst tight se­cu­rity.

Reign­ing cham­pion Chris Froome of Bri­tain was one of 198 rid­ers on the start line ahead of the 188km first stage to Utah Beach, site of one of the fa­mous World War II Nor­mandy land­ings.

The race will fin­ish on July 24 on the fa­mous Champs El­y­sees in Paris after cov­er­ing 3,500km around France. mo­bilised to han­dle se­cu­rity and each of the 22 teams of nine rid­ers has been as­signed a dozen of­fi­cers to look after them, while a po­lice com­mand post is be­ing set up at the fin­ish of ev­ery stage.

The fight against cheats has also been stepped up with tech­no­log­i­cal fraud seen as the new threat after years of EPO use and blood-dop­ing.

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