Mark Cavendish Blasts to Sprint Win in 2010 Tour of California Stage 1

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05/17/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Mark Cavendish Blasts to Sprint Win in 2010 Tour of California Stage 1

Mark Cavendish takes overall lead in 2010 Amgen Tour of California; US Champion George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) smashes back and helmet in crash.

one guy crossed with their hands in the air but it's a team effort."

"The beginning was quite hard when the attack was trying to go but after that the team controlled it all day to keep the gap down. A couple of teams helped us along the way and then we took over. We've got the best team in the world for leading out a sprint and we know not to take over too early or too late," Cavendish added.

"I trust Mark Renshaw's wheel, he trusts Bernie Eisel's wheel, Bernie trusts Tony Martin's wheel and it just goes like that. I'm the one who crosses the line first but all the guys in front of me deliver me perfectly," Cavendish concluded.

After an amazing performance, Cavendish claimed not only the Amgen Race Leader Jersey, but also the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. California native Mach claimed the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey. Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to Tjallingii and the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey was awarded to Kristoff.

Tour of California- Stage 1

BMC Racing Team's US Champion and legend George Hincapie crashed in the dash to the line landing on his back and head, leaving him sore but with minimal road rash. "Tom Boonen went down and I rode over his bike," Hincapie told "I'm disappointed because I had good legs," Hincapie added. On his Twitter page Hincapie wrote "Not a great way to start ATOC. Broke helmet and hit my back hard. Can't understand why people crash in a straight line."

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