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LIMOGES, France -- After Mark Cavendish won his second stage in this Tour de France on Monday, his Dimension Data team head sports director, Rolf Aldag, had a question for those who still doubted the British sprinter.I am wondering what they say today -- How lucky he got, or if they just respect he is the best sprinter here, Aldag told ESPN in Angers after Cavendish took his 28th career Tour stage victory to match the second-best mark of French legend Bernard Hinault and move within six stages of the all-time best from Belgian superstar Eddy Merckx (34).Lets face it. No matter how abrasive Cavendishs personality can be and offend, for a sprinter to be alongside or close to two five-time Tour winners is special.Before racing resumed Tuesday with Stage 4 (237.5km from Saumur to Limoges), talk throughout the Tour entourage was of respect and admiration for Cavendish.Tour race director Christian Prudhomme lauded the 31-year-old Isle of Man rider. [He is] the best sprinter in the history of the Tour, and not only because he has 28 wins, Prudhomme said. What struck me is that he loves the Tour. He has such a respect for the Tour, for the yellow jersey.Like many riders, Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) concurred on a day in which he was named to Australias Olympic road race team for next months Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Its really impressive what he has done so far in this Tour de France, Gerrans told ESPN. To be honest, you sort of look at Cavs history in the Tour. He was really dominating there a few years ago. Then, the last couple of years, he dropped off a little bit. I think a lot of people, myself included, kind of wrote Cav off and said his best years were behind him. But he is proving everyone wrong in this Tour de France. Its great for him.A major discussion point in the Cavendish story has been how he has split his season to accommodate his ambitions for the road and track, the latter in which he has been picked on Team GB for the Olympics to race the omnium and as fifth rider for the team pursuit.Whatever happens, Cavendishs Tour is already a success; but no one, especially Cavendish, expects him to settle for two stage wins, one day in the yellow and a couple in green.Its Mark Cavendish. Everyone expects him to win every race he starts, said Australian Mark Renshaw, Cavendishs key lead-out rider on the bunch sprints for the Etixx-QuickStep team. I think he had a pretty relaxed run in with the track preparation. He has great speed, so when he gets the fire in his belly, thats probably when he is at his best.Cavendishs change of teams to Dimension Data, which races for the Qhubeka charity in South Africa and uses bikes to give people access to work and education, might have given him a new lease on life. Cavendish said as much after his stage win Monday.And many people are still intrigued with how Cavendish will back up for the Olympics -- from the physical demands of the Tour, and with how his legs will transition back to racing on the track.With 14 days between the Tour finish on July 24 and the omnium event, time will be vital.When asked, Gerrans, who does not have a track background, said: Ive got no idea. But added with his trademark smile: For sure, Ill be watching ... like every other cycling fan.Hinault, one of the five-time winners of the Tour whose last win in 1985 remains the last Frenchman to win the Tour, believes there are no boundaries for Cavendish.When you are in good form and good in your head, a lot of things can happen, said Hinault, who did not hide how impressed he has been by Cavendishs stage winning spree in the Tour. Its good what he has done. I hope he has more than us. Thats the goal.Along with Cavendish achieving his dream of winning an Olympic medal, something he has twice missed out - on the track at the 2008 Beijing Games, in which he raced with Bradley Wiggins, and in 2012 at London, where he was one of the favourites to win the road race.Pressed on the odds of Cavendish passing Merckxs tally, Hinault said: Why not? He has 28. Eddy Merckx has 34. He will need six and he is not old. He still has the possibility, I think.Asked how Cavendish, at his age, will maintain his winning edge in mind as much as in his body, Hinault said: It has already been up to him, but also the team that he has around him, his team that keeps him up near the front. He is well-protected. He is also a warrior.But Hinault was surprised to hear that Cavendish said he never thought his name would be mentioned in Tour history alongside the Frenchman or Merckx. Why would he not think of that? Hinault said. Its a goal in a career to say, I am capable of going out in search of this trophy ... Even if it is not a trophy, because finally they are victories that accumulate one after the other. That is the most beautiful of all about it.So does Hinault expect that Cavendish, who also won the green points jersey in 2011, will go on to finish his 10th start in the Tour? He has already done it, said Hinault, smiling. I dont know why he wouldnt this year [laughing] ... perhaps to win another green jersey.Malcolm Elliott, a former British sprinter who raced the Tour in 1987 and 1988, has followed Cavendish since the beginning, and has been excited by the riders turn-about of form.It was very much an unknown coming into this race and even this season, just how he was going to be [after being] focused on the track so much for the Games, Elliott told ESPN. The track work he has done is obviously working.But Elliott, a 1980 and 1996 Olympian in the road race and three-time Vuelta a Espa?a stage winner, is unsure if Cavendishs road work at the Tour will help on the track at Rio.He is doing a very specialised event that I dont profess to know everything about, Elliott said. If he does ride to the end, he will have terrific form for the road, but whether that is going to translate enough into the specialised attributes he needs for the omnium ... thats the whole of the story that I really couldnt answer. Yes, he will have recovered, but will he have been able to do the fine-tuning needed for the omnium in that time, as well?Its going to be a tough one to juggle really and it may mean him going home [from the Tour]. He probably doesnt know himself - maybe he does, maybe he doesnt. When we get toward the end of the race as things play out, it will become obvious which way it will go. Air Max 90 Cheap . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Air Max 90 Sale . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. .7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million. Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6. Its well and truly game on for top spot after Hawthorns shock loss to Melbourne on Saturday.The Hawks -- who entered the round two games clear -- were beaten convincingly by the Demons and will need to win their remaining three matches in order to guarantee top spot.Sydney produced arguably the most dominant display of the weekend with their 67-point win over Port Adelaide, while fellow top four side Adelaide thumped the hapless Lions by 23 goals.North Melbourne continue to struggle against top eight opposition and only managed to boot four goals in their clash with the depleted, yet inspired Western Bulldogs. With injuries to Ben Brown and Jarrad Waite it appears unlikely the Kangaroos can challenge in September.West Coast were challenged early by Fremantle but dug deep to win the Perth derby and lock up their finals berth. The Coleman Medal is Josh Kennedys to lose after the Eagle key forward bagged seven goals at Domain Stadium and stretched his lead to seven with three games remaining.Richmond can breathe easy this week after bouncing back from last weeks shocker in Sydney. The Tigers fought gallantly on Friday night to upset the much more fancied Collingwood. The question is, can they back it up next week?Heroes:Paul Roos: He is the messiah - it is as simple as that. Since joining Melbourne as head coach in 2014, Roos has revitalised the list and turned a team of easy beats into heavyweight beaters themselves. His development of such a young and exciting group has also re-enthused its loyal supporters who now believe a finals berth could be a possibility in 2017. Saturdays win over Hawthorn snapped a 13-game losing streak against the competitions premier side and will long live in the memory of Roos, the players and all Melbourne supporters.?The Dees -- without Jesse Hogan -- were superb and ruthless when the game was in the balance in the final term. Its now over to you, Simon Goodwin.?The Bulldogs spirit: You have to admire the Western Bulldogs who have been absolutely decimated by injuries in 2016, yet still manage to compete hard and beat quality opponents. Their effort and endeavour on Saturday night was first rate as they outworked the lacklustre Kangaroos -- even with ten of their best 22 sitting on the sidelines. It seems every player that comes into the side is able to bring the same ferocity and intensity that is the hallmark of the Bulldogs game. Luke Beveridge continues to work wonders and there wouldnt be too many football fans that would begrudge his side a glorious September campaign.Alex Rance: Without any doubt whatsoever, the Richmond fullback is the AFLs best defender.dddddddddddd As he has been all year, Rance was resolute down back and coped tremendously well on Friday night against Collingwoods forward line. After a horror week which included an 88-point loss to Greater Western Sydney, the Tigers responded with terrific pressure and ferocity to deny the Magpies the football. Rance was superb with 26 disposals, eight marks and countless pressure acts. One wonders where Richmond would be at if the star backman was to leave.Villains:Hawthorns percentage: At the beginning of round 20 the Hawks appeared to be cruising towards the minor premiership. But, Saturday afternoon at the MCG proved that nothing is a certainty in sport as they fell to an inspired Demons outfit. The loss combined with an inferior percentage to the challenging sides means theres now a serious question mark over their top four hopes. The Hawks cannot afford to drop a game with Sydney, Adelaide, GWS and Geelong hot on their tails and all with a much healthier percentage. They have relied on their senior players to drag them over the line at critical moments this season, its time some of their younger players stand up.Port Adelaides midfield: If Robbie Gray only has seven disposals for a match, you know its going to spell disaster for Port Adelaide and thats exactly what happened on Saturday. It was a match that really highlighted the gulf between the top eight and the chasing pack as the Power copped an absolute smashing through the centre of the ground with the Swans winning the contested ball by a whopping 54. Sydneys thirst for the contest took the game away from the visiting side with Sam Naismith getting on top in the ruck over Jackson Trengove. The weight of forward 50 entries was too much to counter for the Power who will miss out on finals for the second consecutive year.Carltons defenders: For a side thats shown dramatic improvement under Brendon Bolton in 2016, the Blues will be filthy with their performance on Sunday. The Saints sliced through them with ease -- taking 20 marks inside 50 in the first half alone. Tim Membrey and Josh Bruce combined for nine goals in the rout as they stormed to a 71-point win to keep their slim finals hopes alive. The Blues lack of pressure was startling, especially after how well theyd competed against some top eight sides in the previous month. We know the Blues have lots of issues in the attacking half of the ground, they cant afford to have deficiencies in their team defence. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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