Cycling: Clinical Cavendish resumes normal service but Froome's challenge fades
Monday 27 August 2012
Mark Cavendish was grateful to receive the full backing of Team Sky as he claimed victory on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark yesterday.
Cavendish was put to fore by his team and set about chasing the day's breakaway, finishing strongly with a powerful sprint to take top honours on stage six in Frederiksberg. The 27-year-old, back from an extended break following a disappointing Olympic experience, held off the attentions of Matteo Pelucchi and Andre Griepel at the line.
"The team controlled the race the whole way," Cavendish said after sealing his 12th victory of the season
"The lads had great faith in me and delivered me to the line perfect. I'm really happy to get the win and repay their hard work, especially as I haven't been in the best form recently. "
The sprint finish allowed Lieuwe Westra to safely hold on to his overnight lead, the Dutchman clinching the yellow jersey by 19 seconds over nearest rival Ramunas Navardauskas.
Team Sky also took away the team classification award for their efforts over the Tour. Sports director Servais Knaven said: "It was the perfect way to finish off the race. The team were incredibly strong and controlled the race the whole day. After 25km we started riding and chased down a small breakaway."
There was less good news for Team Sky in the Vuelta a Espana as Joaquim Rodriguez further extended his lead over Chris Froome at the top of the general classification after finishing second behind Philippe Gilbert on stage nine today. Belgian Gilbert earned his first victory of 2012 after beating Rodriguez in a sprint finish at the end of the 196km ride from Andorra to Barcelona after the pair had broken clear on the final climb.
Barcelona-born Rodriguez may have missed out on the stage win in his home town but the Katusha rider can take satisfaction from the fact he now boasts a 53-second lead in the race to finish first overall. Briton Froome slipped 33 seconds behind the Spaniard on Saturday and he lost more ground today after finishing in the chasing pack.
Overall, Alberto Contador remains in third spot, seven seconds behind Froome and now a minute behind Rodriguez, with another Spaniard – Alejandro Valverde – in fourth place. Today is the first rest day of the 2012 Vuelta before the race resumes on Tuesday with the 166km stage 10.
Latest in Sport
Louis van Gaal says he is inheriting a 'broken' Manchester United squad
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: Gunners complete £16m transfer of right-back
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal bid of £48m imminent - reports
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...
£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...