Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cavendish nails 2nd stage victory


GUEUGNON, FRANCE—Mark Cavendish made it two straight Tour de France stage victories on Friday, leading a sprint for the line as the main title contenders finished in a closely trailing pack.

The 25-year-old native of Britain’s Isle of Man raised his hands in celebratio­n at the end of the hot, 227.5-kilometer sixth stage from Montargis to Gueugnon.

TheHTCColu­mbia sprinter earned his 12th career Tour stage victory and fifth in all races this year—clocking 5 hours, 37 minutes, 42 seconds to win ahead of US rider Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi of Italy.

The victory comes a day after Cavendish broke down in tears after winning Stage 5.

The main title contenders and the pack crossed three seconds after Cavendish. Defending champion Alberto Contador was 28th, seven-time champion Lance Armstrong was 38th, and overall race leader Fabian Cancellara was 41st.

The top standings didn’t change: Swiss rider Cancellara retained the yellow jersey that he has worn everyday but one this year; Spaniard Contador stayed ninth overall; and Armstrong kept his 18th spot. Cadel Evans of Australia, a two-time Tour runner-up and the highest-placed potential title contender, is third—39 seconds behind Cancellara.

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