The race stops for no man, of course. Stage five from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille was won by Mark Cavendish, who notched up the 24th Tour stage victory of his career. Richard and Lionel talked about the sprinting sensation and heard from his Omega Pharma directeur sportif Brian Holm.
Our overnight stop, Marseille, was on the route of the first Tour in 1903 and was a regular destination for the race until 1971, when the Mayor of Marseille was offended. Find out what caused him such consternation and discover what happened when the Tour finally returned to the city in 1989.
The Tour scored a minor own goal when it enforced the time limit so strictly to Cannondale’s Ted King at the end of the team time trial. The American Tour debutant, injured in a crash on Corsica, was eliminated by just seven seconds and despite pleas from others in the race the decision stood. Was the jury was right to send King home?
Finally, the winner of our competition to win a signed Garmin-Sharp jersey was @Little_Tom9 who correctly tipped Cavendish for the victory in Marseille. Stand by for a chance to win a phone call from Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar, details below.