Tip The Hat
When an athlete or team continuously dominates a sport, there are inevitably those who call it boring for it’s predictability and regularity.
Examples include when Lance was in the midst of his amazing run of Tour wins, when Roger Federer was in his pomp at Wimbledon, when Michael Johnson was dominating the 400m in track and field or the current domination that Cav has in sprint finishes at the Tour.
To be able to reproduce hyperelite performances time and time again is an indicator of genuine sporting brilliance, and as galling as it is to admit it (being such a fan of Ty Farrar), Mark Cavendish is a special one.
When asked about Michael Johnson, British runner Roger Black (silver medallist in Atlanta, ’96) said something like “He makes us all look average, and we are very good runners.”
Cav has elements of that to his game when it comes to the Tour. It’s amazing to watch, and it sticks in my craw to say it!
The innumerable different challenges that every sprinter is faced with from day to day seem much smaller to Cav than they are to everyone else.
He is a gun, and as if the previous SEVEN-freakin-TEEN wins hadn’t already confirmed it, his win last night was yet more icing on an already enormous cake.
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