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Cavendish claims landmark win

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Mark Cavendish claimed the 50th win of his career at the age of only 24 as he won the opening stage of the Tour of Missouri in the United States.

It was the British sprinter's 22nd win of the season, a haul which includes six stages of the Tour de France.

Cavendish out-sprinted Thor Hushovd, who won the Tour de France's green jersey ahead of Cavendish, in St Louis.

Meanwhile, Cavendish has confirmed he will stay at Columbia in 2010, ending hopes he would ride for Team Sky.

Just how many victories do you think Cav will secure before the end of his career?

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posted Sep 10, 2009

Just to speculate - could Cav develop further? He has a monument win, could he improve beyond the green aspiration and challenge Mercx?
I think he may over his career challenge the total number of wins at this rate, but could he carry on developing the ability to climb and challenge for overalls?!

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posted Sep 10, 2009

>could he carry on developing the ability to climb and challenge for overalls?!<

<laugh>
ah, you're funny.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

"He has a monument win, could he improve beyond the green aspiration and challenge Mercx?"

No.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

Oh come on DJ, all the sprinters made it over the Tourmalet this summ... oh. Right.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

I'm not saying anymore, I know what could happen if I suggest that CAV won't ever be able to hang with Contador up Alpe D'Huez or L'Angliru.

Something along the lines of Brit-Hating, Self-Hating, WUMTroll, Sockpuppet or something. ;)

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posted Sep 10, 2009

If he doesn't win sports personality... then something is wrong.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

2 words for the "experts" above - Sean Kelly

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posted Sep 10, 2009

In all seriousness though, no one will ever be able to challenge Merckx. And I'm not saying that because I'm such a patriot, but because times have changed. The peloton has gotten bigger and better over time and it's become absolutely impossible to be great all year long. Specialization is necessary these days. You can fight on multiple fronts - sprinter and cobble classics, climbing and Ardennes, time trial and one-week tour - but to take it all in like The Cannibal did? No way. He won MSR, LBL, Flanders, yellow in TdF, green in TdF AND KoM in TdF ALL IN THE SAME YEAR. That's just insane. The year after he just filled the gaps: Fleche, PR, Ghent-Wevelgem, yellow in TdF (again) and pink in the Giro.

It's completely possible that over time Cav's climbing will become better, to the point that if Preudhomme and his mates are still idiotic enough to waste a superb mountain like the Tourmalet by putting it in the middle of an otherwise flat stage, he will get over with the rest of the peloton. But to challenge for overalls? No. You can't expect him to fight it out with Contador on Ventoux when he can't make it over the Tourmalet at 'relaxed' peloton pace.

PS: you put 'climbing ability' and 'overalls' together, so I assume you mean climbing overalls such as the GC in the Giro, Vuelta and TdF. If you mean overalls in flatter tours such as Eneco, GB, etc then it's his TT that needs to improve, not the climbing.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

>2 words for the "experts" above - Sean Kelly

According to the web he was 34th and 38th in his first two TDFs, that's way ahead of Cav's GC results.
I think Cav will become a more all-round rider, that seems natural but atm I donīt see any evidence for GC ambitions.

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posted Sep 11, 2009

I guess if he retires with a few green jerseys, Ronde, Amstel, Giro di Lombardia wins, several MSRs, World Champ jerseys he won't care about not winning TDF :-)

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