Cav' Crushes Stage 3

Cycling : Tour de France 2009 / Stage 3

Oakley’s Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) won his second consecutive stage of the Tour de France on Monday as a late break of two dozen riders — Astana’s Lance Armstrong among them — stole a march on the dozing peloton in a crosswind through the Camargue.

Fabian Cancellara saved his yellow jersey by slipping into the stage-breaking attack powered by the entire Columbia-HTC team. The Saxo Bank rider was the only one from his favored team to be in the decisive, 28-man breakaway featuring Armstrong but not second-place rider Alberto Contador.

Cancellara came across the line sixth and actually widened his lead, from 19 seconds over Contador to 33 seconds over Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC), with Armstrong climbing to third at 40 seconds back.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” Cancellara said. “I heard on the race radio that there would be a change in direction with the wind and I eased toward the front of the group. Once I was in the break, I stayed calm and didn’t have to use any energy. There are always surprises in cycling, but luck was on my side today.”

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Author

Tess Weaver

Date

July 07, 2009