2021 Tour de France S4: The missile reignites! Mark Cavendish makes the miracle happen again
On June 29th, the fourth stage of the Tour de France ended. Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) found himself in the sprint battle, won the stage championship with a beautiful sprint, and reached the top of the sprint points. After many years, he once again put on the sprint green jersey. The fans were excited about it.
The fourth stage is 150.4km in length, there is no climbing point in the track, and the ups and downs are almost negligible. The organizing committee only set up a sprint point on the 114.4km. It is almost certain that we can watch two sprint duels within the last 50km. The major sprint teams that are eyeing the green jerseys and stage champions will stage a wonderful fire-powered bicycle confrontation and sprint battle.
177 cyclists stood on the starting line of the fourth stage. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) suffered a severe crash in the sprint the day before, fractured his collarbone, and withdrew regrettably. At the same time, due to frequent accidents during the opening of the Tour de France in the past few days, cyclists are deeply dissatisfied. The Professional Cyclist Association (CPA) issued a statement before the race, requesting the Tour de France organizing committee to attach importance to the safety of cyclists.
"After the crash in the third stage of the Tour de France, CPA has been discussing with the cyclists how they hope to continue to express their dissatisfaction with the safety measures of the event and demand that their concerns be taken seriously." CPA's statement reads "Cyclists want to emphasize their respect for sponsors, sports teams, organizers and international institutions. In return, cyclists demand the same respect-respect for their safety. For this reason, cyclists demand UCI discussed with all stakeholders of the race to adjust the 3km rule in the race."
As a result, the cyclists expressed their demands with actions at the beginning of the fourth stage. After the neutral riding was over, the main group immediately stopped, and the cyclists expressed their dissatisfaction with a small "strike". But the race had to continue. Not long after, the main group set off again and traveled 10km at a slower speed. The race did not return to normal until the Alpecin-Fenix team came to the front of the group to lead the ride.
Soon, Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) launched an attack, Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) followed, and the two left hand in hand. The main group gave the green light to the two breakout cyclists. The Alpecin-Fenix, Deceuninck-QuickStep and FDJ teams led the main group to advance slowly. The time gap quickly increased and stabilized at about 2.5 minutes. The race remained stable for a long time. Situation.
Brent Van Moer and Pierre-Luc Périchon passed the sprint points on the way, and the main group brought them later. Mark Cavendish is in good condition and stood out in the group sprint. With the assists of his teammates, he won 15 points for third place in the sprint. This sprint point on the way can be said to be a small preview of the finish sprint. Can Mark Cavendish win the Tour de France again? We will wait and see.
The race entered the final stage, and the lead of the breakout cyclist continued to decline, leaving only 42 seconds in the final 14km. At this time, Brent Van Moer decided to work harder, get rid of the helpless Pierre-Luc Périchon, and fight against the aggressive main group alone. The time gap rose back to 1 minute and 4 seconds in the last 10km.
The teams squeezed in front of the main group to stare at each other. Brent Van Moer led by 52 seconds in the last 5km and 42 seconds in the last 4km. His teammates were trying to slow down the rhythm of the main group. The Trek-Segafredo team led the team into the last 2km, and Brent Van Moer took a 10-second advantage to enter the last 1km. Everyone on the scene raised their throats and the victory was in front of Brent Van Moer.
In the last 300m, the Alpecin-Fenix team led the team to recover Brent Van Moer. They wanted to replicate the victory of the previous stage. In the melee, Mark Cavendish moved flexibly to the front. Jasper Philipsen kicked off in the last 250m. Mark Cavendish bit his rear wheel to death. Manx Missile once again showed the style of the past, surpassing Jasper Philipsen with absolute strength to win Stage champion, won the 31st Tour de France stage victory in his career. Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) was second in the stage, Jasper Philipsen was third, Michael Matthews was fourth, and Peter Sagan was fifth.
At the end of the stage, Mathieu van der Poel retained the overall result to lead the yellow jersey, Ide Schelling continued to wear the climbing polka dot jersey, and Tadej Pogacar led the best young cyclist white jersey. The most exciting thing is that Mark Cavendish made a comeback, sprinting to overtake teammate Julian Alaphilippe by 7 points and jumped to the top of the list. This means that Mark Cavendish will once again put on the sprint green jersey and stand on the starting line of tomorrow with his long-lost appearance. Brent Van Moer, who missed the championship, won the stage Combativity award.