Posted by Editoress on 07/9/08
Tour de France
Team Columbia press release
Team Columbias Mark Cavendish blasted to a first stage win in the Tour de France on Wednesdays stage from Cholet to Chateauroux. The 23-year-old Briton finished over a bike length ahead of three-times World Champion Oscar Freire of Spain, with German Erik Zabel in third.
It was Cavendish eighth road-race win of 2008 and 19th road-race victory of his career. In a remarkable year so far for Team Columbia, Cavendish win is the 46th of 2008 for the mens team.
This is far and away the biggest win of my career. Cavendish said afterwards.
Everyone knows what the Tour is, when youre a kid you watch it on tv, you dream of being there. Ive always known how important the Tour is.
Strongly supported by all eight Columbia team-mates in the frantic finale, Cavendish said their hard work shows just how self-sacrificing they are.
They did everything they could do to help me there, and I had to do my best to pay them back and win.
Theyve worked with total commitment all week. Today we had to top the podium. I couldnt really come away without the victory.
Although Olympic ambitions are high on Cavendishs list of priorities this year, he is adamant that he has no plans to abandon.
I want to go all the way to Paris. To plan to do otherwise would be disrespectful to the organisers, my team, the other riders and the race.
Discussing the teams role in the finale, Cavendish said that German team-mate Gerald Ciolek led me out from 600 metres. Thats a long way to go in the headwind, but you saw how fast he went past the other guys.
Then when [rival rider Mark] Renshaw went with [sprinter Thor Hushovd] with 250 metres to that was a bit early in the sprint for me to accelerate.
But after Renshaw had given Hushovd a good lead-out then my own final acceleration would have been less efficent if I had waited for my usual distance.
So I had to go for it when they did.
Fortunately my strength was enough to take me all the way to the line. I was able to hold it all the way there and it all paid off.
|Stage 5: Cholet to Châteauroux, 232km|
|1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia||5:27:52|
|2. Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank|
|3. Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram|
|4. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole|
|5. Baden Cooke (Aus) Barloworld|
|6. Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld|
|7. Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Credit par Telephone|
|8. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto|
|9. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas|
|10. Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle|
|11. Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner|
|12. Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step|
|13. Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel|
|14. Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise des Jeux|
|15. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel|
|16. Inaki Isasi (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi|
|17. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle|
|18. Xavier Florencio (Esp) Bouygues Telecom|
|19. Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom|
|20. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner|
|152. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30||all s.t.|
|1. Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner||19:32:33|
|2. Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia||0:12|
|3. David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle|
|4. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto||0:21|
|5. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC Saxo Bank||0:33|
|6. Christian VandeVelde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle||0:37|
|7. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia||0:41|
|8. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia||0:47|
|9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas||0:58|
|10. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne||1:01|
|11. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank||1:12|
|12. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC Saxo Bank||1:13|
|13. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step||1:18|
|14. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne||1:22|
|15. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Credit par Telephone||1:24|
|16. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre||1:26|
|17. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne||1:27|
|18. Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC Saxo Bank||1:29|
|19. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi||1:31|
|20. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner||1:40|
|85. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Chipotle||5:26|
|1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole||88. pts|
|2. Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank||85|
|3. Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia||81|
|4. Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram||72|
|5. Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld||60|
|1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom||19. pts|
|2. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Credit par Telephone||11|
|3. Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram||9|
|4. David De La Fuente (Esp) Saunier Duval - Scott||4|
|5. Lilian Jegou (Fra) Francaise des Jeux||3|
|Young Rider GC|
|1. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia||19:33:20|
|2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas||at 0:11|
|3. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Credit par Telephone||0:37|
|4. Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC Saxo Bank||0:42|
|5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas||1:42|
|1. Garmin Chipotle||58:37:35|
|2. Team Columbia||at 1:44|
|3. Team CSC Saxo Bank||2:35|
|4. Cofidis Credit Par Telephone||3:20|
|6. Caisse d'Epargne||3:43|
|8. Quick Step||5:08|
|10. Euskaltel - Euskadi||6:14|
|11. AG2R-La Mondiale||6:23|
|14. Team Milram||7:06|
|16. Silence - Lotto||7:19|
|17. Bouygues Telecom||8:03|
|18. Credit Agricole||8:13|
|19. Saunier Duval - Scott||8:43|
|20. Francaise des Jeux||9:17|
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