MONTPELLIER, France, (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish delivered a textbook sprint in the finale of the 193-kms 15th stage of the Tour de France yesterday to snatch his fourth victory in this year’s event.
Perfectly set up by his lead-out man Mark Renshaw, the Briton surged with 200 metres to go before the finish line in Montpellier to easily beat American Tyler Farrar and Italian Alessandro Petacchi.
The win, his 19th overall in the Tour de France, strengthened the Manxman’s top spot in the race for the green jersey.
In the points classification, Cavendish now leads Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas by 37 points and Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert by 71 points before the second rest day in this Tour.
The overall leader’s yellow jersey remained on the back of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who finished within the main pack.