Cavendish Wins Stage 3 of 2009 Tour of Switzerland
Team Columbia-Highroad continued their latest winning streak at the 2009 Tour of Switzerland / Tour de Suisse Monday thanks to a fine lead-out from the team and a powerful sprint by Mark Cavendish himself. The stage from Davos to Lumino included the category-one Lukemanierpass where four riders got away, but everything came back together and Team Columbia-Highroad again showed why they are considered one of the best lead-out teams in the world of pro cycling.
Teammates Marcus Burghardt, Bernhard Eisel, Tony Martin and George Hincapie strung out the peloton with Cavendish perfectly positioned on his wheel and ready for the final sprint. Hincapie, who guided Cavendish in the final kilometre of his victory at Milan-San Remo, did the same again in Switzerland earlier today.
Norway's Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) tried to anticipate Cavendish, but the 24-year-old sprinter was on his wheel in a split second and then had the power and strength to surge past him before the line. Three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Team Rabobank) tried to take on Cavendish but finished second, two bike lengths behind.
“It was another perfect win for us and having four riders there to help me in the last three kilometres showed how good and strong we are as a team,” Cavendish said after hugging and sharing his success with his teammates. “It was a great lead out and all the guys worked perfectly. Thor Hushovd tried to get a jump on me but I was able to get him before the line.”
“This is the first time I've ridden the Tour of Switzerland, but this is our second consecutive win, so it's proving to be a great race for us.”
Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) still leads the 2009 Tour of Switzerland overall ahead of Kreuziger and Klöden.