Cavendish wins 7th stage in Tour de France

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Cavendish wins 7th stage in Tour de France
Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line.

Fougeres - "The gap was there and I just went for it. Greipel's a gentleman he could have closed it - Sagan would have closed it," said Cavendish.

By AFP

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Published: Sat 11 Jul 2015, 10:26 PM

Mark Cavendish won his 26th Tour de France stage on Friday as he inched closer to Eddy Merckx's overall record.
The Belgian great is still well clear out in front with 34 but his fellow five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault is only two stages ahead of Cavendish now. The Briton flew past Andre Greipel in the final 50-metres to break the German's strangled-hold on sprint finishes at this year's race.
Greipel had won the first two sprint finishes in which Cavendish could manage only fourth and third, but the Manx Missile found a gap down the inside of the burly German as Peter Sagan went around the outside to win by a half bike's length. "The gap was there and I just went for it. Greipel's a gentleman he could have closed it - Sagan would have closed it," said Cavendish.
The win was Etixx-Quick Step's second in a row and third of this Tour and went some way to making up for losing the yellow jersey due to Tony Martin's broken collarbone. Martin crashed on Thursday's stage and had to quit the race despite being in the leader's yellow jersey, before undergoing a successful operation in Hamburg on Friday. "I'm very happy, I waited a week now for this win personally. Its Etixx's third win of this Tour de France. The team's been phenomenal, it's just me that's let them down in the sprints," said Cavendish.
"They could have saved themselves for other days but they didn't and went full gas for the win. I'm supper happy, it's just a shame Tony's not here but I dedicate the win to him." Greipel just held on by inches for second ahead of Sagan to keep hold of the green points jersey.
Sagan, though, moved up to second in the overall standings with his four bonus seconds for finishing third and is now just five seconds behind race leader Chris Froome. But he ruled out taking the yellow jersey on Saturday's eighth stage, with a 2km climb at the finish. "I have to drop him (Froome) in the climb and I don't think I can do that," said Sagan with a smile.



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