Cycling-Evans almost there, Cavendish poised for green jersey


Sun, 24 Jul 04:00:00 2011

While the Tour de France outcome looks settled in favour of Cadel Evans, sprinters are still under pressure with both a prestigious stage win and the green jersey at stake on the Champs Elysees on Sunday.

For the most part, the 95-kms 21st and final stage from Creteil will be a parade on Paris's most famous avenue with Australia's Evans poised to become the Tour's first Australian winner.

But for Briton Mark Cavendish, the points classification leader, much more is up for grabs.

The Manxman has narrowly missed the green jersey in his previous Tours despite ending up the best sprinter by far with 15 stage victories in three years and he has never been so close to reaching his goal.

The sprint ace has added four stages to his tally in this edition and would reach the 20-mark should he repeat his triumph last year on the Champs Elysees.

Another intermediate sprint, held as the pack enters the final circuit, will also help decide the battle between the Briton and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas, who trails him by 15 points in the standings.

"A bunch sprint is what we should see. I haven't got it yet. We have to speak tomorrow," Cavendish told journalists after Saturday's time trial in Grenoble.


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