21 July, 2009

A Stain on the 2009 Green Jersey

Mark Cavendish is miffed at his relegation in Stage 14. He doesn't seem to want the sprint jersey now and is seemingly conceding it to Hushovd.

From the article in the Guardian:

"This guy [Hushovd] thinks so highly of himself that he thinks I'm trying to cheat to beat him. He thinks so highly of me and my team that the only way he can beat us is to have us disqualified.

"He even admitted yesterday it was a fair sprint: what happened was [there was] a right-hand corner and there's a kink in the barriers and he thinks I've blocked him in but I've held a straight line. Usually you're disqualified if you deviate from the straight line. I held it but the barriers kicked in and he's blocked in and he's kicking and screaming and it causes you problems. But that's bike riding for you. Worse things happen.

"I spoke to him yesterday and said to him: 'You've won the green jersey now but that's always going to have a stain on it.'"


No One Line said...

Interesting. Kind of lame that Cav "concedes," maybe so that he doesn't have to risk trying and losing.

Do you know where Hushovd admitted that it was a fair sprint?

JP said...

I don't know where. I assume it was between the two of them.