Rule Changes Could Help Mark Cavendish Win Green Jersey in 2011 Tour de France
British super sprinter has 15 Tour de France stage wins but no sprinter's title.
Changes in the Tour de France points classification next year should help the world's leading sprinter Mark Cavendish win a green jersey for the first time in the Tour de France 2011.
The Briton, who has won 15 stages in the world's greatest cycling race, did not finish in 2008. He was pipped for the green jersey awarded to the top sprinter by Cervelo TestTeam's Norwegian God of Thunder Thor Hushovd in 2009 and by Italian Alessandro Petacchi this year.
Both Hushovd and Petacchi snatched valuable points in the multiple intermediate sprints peppering the Tour de France stages, while Cavendish focused solely on the final sprints.
However, from next year there will be only one intermediate sprint on each stage, remarkably yielding points to no less than 15 riders instead of three.
"Fifteen stage wins but no green jersey for Cavendish, it's not very logical," Tour director Christian Prudhomme told reporters and added "But you can't win the green jersey if you don't go for this intermediate sprint."
Cavendish, who was attending the 2011 Tour presentation ceremony, said he had not yet worked out how the changes would affect the race.
"I have not figured out a strategy yet as I just heard," he told reporters. Guess he's gonna need a sports director for that one.