Cavendish wins last stage but not the green jersey
He’s 2nd to Petacchi for sprinting honor; Lance’s team fined
PARIS — The three-week, 2,261-mile Tour de France ended with nine colorful loops of the Champs Élysées Sunday afternoon.
With Alberto Contador already assured of his third yellow jersey, the two biggest stories of the day involved two other distinct colors — green and black.
Mark Cavendish, with a late surge toward the finish line in the shadow of the Arc d’Triomphe, won Stage 20, his fifth stage victory of this year’s Tour. But it wasn’t good enough for Cavendish to pass Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi for the top sprinter’s green jersey.
Cavendish needed to win the stage and hope Petacchi didn’t have the legs to finish well after three weeks of pounding. But Petacchi finished second and secured green.
“I’m disappointed this year that I didn’t win the Tour’s green jersey,” said Cavendish, who has won 15 stages over the past three Tours. “I had some bad luck in the early going of the Tour, but we fought back.”
Black jerseys — those worn initially by Lance Armstrong and his eight teammates for RadioShack — caused a 15minute delay of Sunday’s stage leaving the Paris suburb of Longjumeau.
Armstrong and Team RadioShack traded in their red jerseys during Sunday’s ceremonial race for black ones with yellow trim, which echoed Armstrong’s Livestrong color scheme.
Each of their shirts had a No. 28 on the back, intended to honor the world’s 28 million cancer survivors.
But the Tour jury did not approve of the uniform change, by the nine riders, whose No. 28 replaced their assigned numbers between 21 and 29.
The Tour director told RadioShack that if the riders didn’t change immediately, all would be disqualified.
So the riders got off their bikes and changed clothes, then pinned their numbers to the backs of their jerseys. The rest of the peloton slowed down to give RadioShack time to put on proper attire.
The jury fined RadioShack 6,300 in Swiss francs, which is roughly $6,000.
After the stage, the Tour issued a statement saying that the fine would be donated to cancer research.
Armstrong said in a statement before the stage: “Throughout the Tour de France, Team RadioShack’s bikes have carried the names of people touched by cancer in order to honor them and the people who love them. Today, we’re riding for every one of the 28 million people all over the world whose lives and families are affected by this disease.”
RadioShack wore the black jerseys for the podium ceremony. They earned honors as the Tour’s top team.
A fan with an American flag runs alongside Lance Armstrong and Team Radioshack director Johan Bruyneel during a parade, after the 20th and final stage of the Tour de France. Armstrong finished his last Tour in 23rd place, 39:20 behind winner Alberto Contador.
Alessandro Petacchi finished in green jersey as the Tour’s top sprinter.