Team Columbia’s Mark Cavendish proved in stage 12 that he is the fastest man on two wheels. The Brit won today’s flat race from Lavelanet to Narbonne… his third stage victory of this year’s Tour. Too bad he might retire from the Tour before Paris. Cav is going to Beijing to chase Olympic gold. He wants time to recover between events.
Remember young, Italian Riccardo Ricco who won stages six and nine? He’s out of the Tour! The Cobra was arrested this morning after testing positive for a new form of EPO called CERA. A true snake! His Saunier Duval team withdrew from the Tour– too ashamed, and rightly so, about Ricco’s doping. Alejandro Valverde and Vladimir Efimkin, who finished second behind Ricco in those stages, were robbed of their podium spotlight. What a shame.
The Tour is down from 180 to 158 riders. Friday’s stage 13 parallels the Mediterranean Sea from Narbonne to Nimes. It will be another flat day that favors the sprinters. Maybe Cav will give us a fantastic farewell.