Date: 2018-01-11 03:46
“You can lose everything tomorrow. It depends how the race is raced. If it’s a really controlled stage the time gaps could be quite small. But if it’s a really hard day, racing all day for the breakaway, and the heat. I’ve said it before but I think this Tour is more about who has the worst bad day. If you have a really bad day you could lose two or three minutes.
W hen asked if he would start Wednesday's stage, he simply said he didn't know the extent of his injuries: I don't know, I gotta get it looked at, Cavendish said while adding that he wanted to speak with Peter rather than discuss things in the heat of the moment.
Peter Sagan’s victory at the top of the hill in Longwy was not a surprise, but the manner of it was exceptional. The world champion seemed to toy with his rivals on the climb, closing down a move by Richie Porte, then teasing Greg Van Avermaet and still having enough to win the race even after pulling his foot out of his pedal and calmly clicking it back in again.
C avendish, who arrived at the Tour out of sorts having suffered with glandular fever, had started to rediscover the form that led to him winning 85 stages at the race, just four short of the great Eddy Merckx. However, Tuesday's crash may see the Dimension Data rider withdraw.
At that speed there are instincts so I don’t think anybody does something deliberately. But still it happened and I don’t think it’s right.
Sagan was initially docked 85 seconds in the general classification competition after nudging Mark Cavendish into the barriers towards the end of stage four, which was won by Frenchman Arnaud Démare.
Cavendish was taken to hospital with his right arm in a sling after taking a nudge from Sagan and falling into the barriers, causing other riders to fall behind him.
S o, what's going to happen today? Well, I've polished off my crystal ball and it's telling me that the stage will end in a sprint finish, but not until the breakaway comprising riders from Direct Énergie , Fortuneo-Oscaro and Wanty-Groupe Gobert has been reeled back in, perhaps agonisingly, before the fastmen get to work.
It depends. There was headbutting in the past. It happened to one of our riders [Mark Renshaw] he was thrown out of a race. Completely. Not out of the stage. I don’t know. They need to look at it very seriously. I mean, some people seem to get away with things and others don’t.