“I let the guys down last night,” Cavendish admitted to reporters after today’s stage.
Searing heat, ruthless pack
With the pressure mounting, he delivered on Thursday’s 116.5-mile trip from Épernay to Montargis, one of the final stages for sprinters before the Tour reaches the Alps Saturday.
A breakaway of three riders led most of the day, but as is customary in flat stages like these, they were reeled in by the rest of the pack.
As the peloton arrived on the outskirts of Montargis, a canal-laden town that dubs itself the Venice of the region, Team HTC-Columbia fought their way to the front.