Mark Cavendish winning Stage 21

Here’s a short Youtube clip from yesterday’s stage 21 finish in Paris on Les Champs Elysees. We were in the press area up near the 100 metre board and I’ve never been so excited to be at a bike race.

Didn’t see the mistake by Garmin or “Big” George Hincapie derailing their effort to break the Columbia train along Rue Rivoli but Cavendish’s gap as they passed us was outrageous, at least ten metres and still growing.

Video never quite communicates just how fast they are travelling. It’s only when the team cars come screaming past that you realise how insanely fast the peloton is travelling.

They cruise at the same speed that plenty of people descend big hills, faster than my flat out sprinting in a Tuesday night crit race.

Will try and get my photos from the Tour D’Honneur up later today. Annoyingly we had to leave before Garmin, Saxo Bank, Liquigas and Astana did their lap but I did get a great shot of Lance on his Damien Hirst.

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