Mark Cavendish to debut rainbow jersey at Paris-Tours

HTC-Highroad sprinter seeking to become first reigning world champion to win on the Avenue de Grammont

by Simon_MacMichael   September 27, 2011  

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Mark Cavendish is to wear the rainbow jersey he won in Denmark last weekend for the first time at Paris-Tours on 9 October, and aims to become the first reigning world champion to win the late-season classic. To do so, he’ll have to beat off a strong field on a 230.5-kilometre parcours that keeps the race’s signature finish on the Avenue de Grammont, including world number one-ranked Philippe Gilbert, winner here in 2008 and 2009.

It had been thought that due to a new tramway being installed in Tours, one of cycling’s most famous arrivées would disappear from the race altogether, but it has been retained, albeit with a finishing straight of just 600 metres instead of the 3 kilometres that have featured in the past.

Last year’s winner, Oscar Freire, is among those who have tried to win Paris-Tours as world champion but failed. The Rabobank rider, who looks likely to retire at the end of the season, is scheduled to race, as is the man who preceded Cavendish in the rainbow jersey, Thor Hushovd, who moves from Garmin-Cervelo to BMC Racing at the end of the season.

Cavendish will be supported by the man he beat by half a wheel to take the world title on Sunday, Australia’s Matt Goss, who provided the leadout duties during last year’s Vuelta as the Manxman took the points jersey.

Wherever Cavendish ends up next season, his battles with his soon-to-be ex-team mate Goss, bound for GreenEdge, promise to provide some gripping racing next year. John Degenkolb and Bernie Eisel also figure in the HTC-Highroad line-up.

Whoever wins the race this year can perhaps look forward to being at the front of the queue when it comes to getting a bit of punditry work once they retire if past experience is anything to go by.

Previous winners include Sean Kelly, regularly found commentating alongside David Harmon for British Eurosport, plus Jacky Durand and Richard Virenque, who provide the expert analysis for Eurosport’s French operation.

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Would be a nice collector's item - a Mark Cavendish signed HTC rainbow jersey.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1448 posts]
27th September 2011 - 20:13


Rocking horse sh1t I'd think...

posted by CicloByron [8 posts]
28th September 2011 - 8:13


Is there any real surprise that the WC doesn't win Paris-Tours? Given they probably spent the previous 2 weeks either a) drunk, or b) in press conferences.

Sounds like team GB had a big night out after the race:

Wiggo: "Cav wins, I think its safe to say tonight we are all going to get shitfaced! Lock and load"

Millar: "Oh. My. God. I think a pig has shit in my head."

Wiggo "Balls! Sore head missed my flight"

posted by Matt_S [227 posts]
28th September 2011 - 9:44


Fair point Matt-S, although I'm pretty sure I read recently that Cav doesn't touch alcohol. Can't find the reference right now, of course...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9513 posts]
28th September 2011 - 10:47