Cavendish wins last stage but not the green jersey

He’s 2nd to Pe­tac­chi for sprint­ing honor; Lance’s team fined

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Suzanne Hal­libur­ton

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.

Eric Gail­lard

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.

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