Team Sky ‘train’ rolls to Stage 18 victory

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Team Sky ‘train’ rolls to Stage 18 victory

Cavendish wins; Wiggins leads: ‘For the British, it’s a ... big day’
Bradley Wiggins still looks good in yellow. With less than a mile to go in Stage 18 of the Tour de France, Wiggins took the head of the pack and chased down six breakaway riders, then peeled away to allow his teammate Mark Cavendish take the stage win.
Mark Cavendish won a stage for the second time on this Tour, giving him 22 stage victories for his career and tying him with seven-time champion Lance Armstrong. “It’s a magic number – there’s one more to go,” Cavendish said.
Bradley Wiggins slipped into the yellow leader’s jersey Friday after Stage 18 of the Tour de France, just two stages shy of becoming the first British rider to win cycling’s signature stage race.
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BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France – A brief look at Friday’s 18th stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: A 222.5-kilometer hilly stage between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde, with two short, steep climbs in the last 40 kilometers.
Winner: Mark Cavendish. The “Manx Missile” produced a phenomenal burst of speed to swallow the remaining escapees of the day in the last few hundred meters after benefiting from the lead-out of his Sky team.
Yellow Jersey: Wiggins kept his lead of 2 minutes, 5 seconds over teammate Christopher Froome. Italian climber Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:41 behind Wiggins.
Stat of the Day: 22, as in the number of Tour stage wins in Cavendish’s career. He joined Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade in fourth place on the all-time list of the most successful Tour riders.
Quote of the Day: “It would have been easy for the team to just ride in to Paris now after the mountains. But we spoke on the bus before the start, and I stuck my hand up and said, ‘Please give me a chance,” Cavendish said.
Today’s Stage: The final showdown of this year’s Tour. A 53.5-kilometer time trial from Bonneval to Chartres. Wiggins is unbeaten in long time trials this year and is expected to produce a full-on effort to increase his lead over Froome and silence critics who keep saying he was not the best rider this year.
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Team Sky ‘train’ rolls to Stage 18 victory

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Bradley Wiggins still looks good in yellow. With less than a mile to go in Stage 18 of the Tour de France, Wiggins took the head of the pack and chased down six breakaway riders, then peeled away to allow his teammate Mark Cavendish take the stage win.
CYC
Mark Cavendish won a stage for the second time on this Tour, giving him 22 stage victories for his career and tying him with seven-time champion Lance Armstrong. “It’s a magic number – there’s one more to go,” Cavendish said.
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Bradley Wiggins slipped into the yellow leader’s jersey Friday after Stage 18 of the Tour de France, just two stages shy of becoming the first British rider to win cycling’s signature stage race.
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