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1504: It wouldn’t be the first Grand Tour jersey for Cavendish –

he won the points classification on last year’s Vuelta d’Espana

– but he will be the first Briton to win it in the Tour de France.

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Andy Schleck on Twitter:

Congrats to Cadel to you deserve that! Happy for you and your team BMC! Its been a great battle looking forward to next year all ready!!!

1455: It is a short, flat one today, with barely a pimple breaking up the flat of the Seine floodplain. An intermediate sprint at 59.5km carries 20 points for first, 17 for second, 15 for third, all the way down to the 15th rider over the line. Then comes eights laps of the circuit round the city centre to the finish where they dole out 45 points to the winner, 35 to second place and 30 for third place and so on. I’ve got my calculator poisedÂ…

Green jersey
1451: Points Classification:
1. Mark Cavendish 280pts
2. Jose Joaquin Rojas 265pts
3. Philippe Gilbert 230pts
4. Cadel Evans 208pts
5. Thor Hushovd 195pts

1451: Both yellow jersey Evans – who will be soaking up atmosphere rather than lactic acid today – and world champion Thor Husovd are too far adrift to rip the green from Cavendish’s back.

1449: Jose Joaquin Rojas will be Cavendish’s main concern in the bunch sprint with a slender 15-point lead separating him from the Spaniard at the top of the sprint standings. Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert is another 35 points back and will need a hefty slice of luck to barge his way past the other two.

1447: Those grins will turn to grimaces for some of the field when we hit the Champs-Elysees though…

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1446: The racers have already trundled out of Creteil. The atmosphere is less white-hot heat of competition and more early stages of an office Christmas party. Riders of different teams making pleasant small talk while yellow jersey Cadel Evans enjoys a glass of celebratory champers with BMC team manager John Lelangue.

Mark Cavendish
1445: Blasted away by Cadel Evans on Saturday, Andy Schleck is ensured a

grim hat-trick of second places in the general classification standings.

After last-stage successes in

2009

and

2010,

a win the Champs-Elysees today will mean Isle of Man rider Mark Cavendish clinching the race for the green jersey with a far happier treble.



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