Sunday, January 23, 2011
Celebrity sprinter Mark Cavendish stuck it out to the bitter end of the Tour Down Under to finish as Lanterne Rouge, 129th at 33:51. He was supporting HTC-Highroad teammate Matthew Goss who finished 2nd overall by 2 seconds. Earlier in the race Cavendish had suffered a nasty crash and sported lots of bandaging in later stages. Well done completing the job!
Cavendish is not a stranger to the Lanterne Rouge slot, holding that position for Stage 7 of the 2007 Tour de France before he abandoned the race.
Friday, January 21, 2011
It looks like Jimmy Casper may be returning to the Tour de France in 2011, riding for Saur-Sojasun, which will give him an opportunity to tie Wim's record of three Lanterne Rouge finishes.
Still, he cannot do them consecutively as did Wim, the ultimate Lanterne Rouge.