2010 Tour de France Stage 20 Recap: Cav Makes It Five Victories


On a cool overcast day in Paris the 2010 Tour de France came to an end in another dramatic sprint that showcased how dominate Mark Cavendish really can be at the finish line. Beating his next closest competitor by over 10 meters Mark put up a high five to indicate his fifth stage victory at this year’s Tour de France, giving him an unprecedented 15 total stage victories in three years at the Tour.

Additionally, Mark became the first ever rider in history to win the final stage around the Champs-Elysees in consecutive years, matching last year’s high-octane win. Cavendish had already won stages five, six, 11 and 18 this year with his unmatched last second sprinting speed to the finish. This brings Mark’s total of road wins since turning pro in 2007 to 59 stage victories.

“My Tour didn’t start too well and in the first week I was wondering how it would turn out,” Cavendish said. “But the team rode incredibly strongly for me and I tried to make amends. As the race progressed my feelings got better and better and winning here in Paris on the most spectacular finish of them all is a great way to end the race.  When you win you get confident, when you’re confident you win.  It’s as simple as that.”

Cavendish dedicated Sunday’s win to Tyler Blick, son of Steve Blick of Oakley, Inc. Sports Marketing.


Matt Murray


July 25, 2010