Tour 2008: Stage 13 – Same Old, Same Old

Mark Cavendish CTM
Today’s stage of the Tour de France seemed a lot like yesterdays. Sure, the scenery changed some as the riders rode the 182 km (113 mile) course from Narbonne to Nîmes, but the results ended up being the same, as British rider Mark Cavendish won his second straight stage, and fourth overall. Australian Cadel Evans remains in the Yellow Jersey once again as well.

It was another day for the sprinters, and Cavendish proved up to the challenge once again, as he out dashed Robbie McEwen of Australia to claim another victory for his Team Columbia. The back to back wins also put Cavendish in second place, tied with Thor Hushovd, and 28 points behind Spains Oscar Freire for the Green Jersey.

Tomorrow the race heads from Nîmes to Digne-les-Bains, a distance of 194.5 km (121 miles) in a stage that will be long, and fairly steep, although not as punishing as the big mountain stages. The sprinters will still vie for the points, as the road heads towards the inevitable clash of the top riders in the Alps, which begins on Sunday.

Kraig Becker

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