Cavendish Nails the Hat Trick in 2009 Tour

July 14 2009, 1:07 PM
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.