Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow

by VeloClub

Good things come to those who wait. Mark Cavendish has been a professional for the past decade, has ridden nine Tours and, prior to Saturday’s opening stage of the 2016 Tour de France, had notched up 26 stage wins at the event.

However one of his few remaining goals — a stint in the Tour’s hallowed maillot jaune — had eluded him.

That quest finally bore fruit on Saturday when the “Manx Missile” hurtled home first at Utah Beach, in Normandy. Cavendish came off Peter Sagan’s wheel and held off a hard-sprinting Marcel Kittel to the line. Indeed it was Kittel who faded, with the German having to sit down in the saddle inside the final 50 metres as he lost momentum.

The victory was a particularly sweet one for Cavendish. It proved that he isn’t past his best, it relieved a bucketload of pressure, and it also completed a long-running ambition of his.

The win also earned Team Dimension Data its first stint in the leader’s jersey of the sport’s biggest race.

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