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Cavendish Nails the Hat Trick in 2009 Tour

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Bastille Day usually provides some fireworks at the Tour de France as the French riders all gun for victory, but today’s stage was universally acknowledged as a bit of a bore and the outcome—another sprint win for Brit Mark Cavendish—was all but predetermined.

The general classification remained unchanged after the 121-mile flat stage from Limoges to Issoudun, which was run with riders not using the standard race radios. Teams and riders were not thrilled with the Tour’s experiment in neo-Luddism, and riders showed their displeasure in a variety of forms. Radios will be back tomorrow, another flat stage and, likely, another win for Cavendish, who appears unbeatable in field sprints.

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