TDF Roadside St.5: Today's journey began with the road directly outside of our hotel was blocked by the Gendarmes. There were dozens of the Police officers lining every entry point to the road. At first we were allowed onto the empty street with our press sticker, but journeyed only 500M before one rogue officer stopped us.
London’s SOHO district is bulging with restaurants and bars that all claim “iconic” status as the next big thing – usually closing six months later. But one establishment that puts its money where its mouth is, and has for 60 years, truly claim to be a SOHO landmark is Bar Italia -coffee stop to rogues and Royalty alike. This morning it played host to a cyclist who fits all these descriptions, HTC’s Mark Cavendish.
“Our men are going to race madly, unflaggingly.” So wrote Henri Desgrange as his brainchild, the Tour de France, got underway in 1903. This quotation opens “Chasing Legends,” a film that views the 2009 Tour through the lens of the cosmopolitan HTC-Columbia professional team.
Analysis St. 5 Mark Cavendish got it right today and won Stage 5 by enough of a margin that it should answer any questions about his sprinting form. And judging from his emotional response to winning (tears of relief, perhaps?), today’s victory will hopefully dispel any doubts he may have had in himself coming into the Tour de France.