The riders decided to follow the script today. Sprint stage, Sprint Finish. All eyes were on Mark Cavendish and his HTC-Columbia team, but the Italian, Alessandro Petacchi, threw on the afterburners and flew PAST Cavendish and the other contenders.
"Ale-Jet" wins his 2nd stage of this year's Tour and the 6th "July" win of his career.
For Lance Armstrong and the rest of the overall contenders, it was a fairly relaxed few hours- the only drama was to stay safe, but after the first few days, that's easier said then done. By the line, no changes would transpire in the overall, so Fabian Cancellara remains in yellow for another 24 hours.
The coronation of French kings took place here for centuries, today, it's an Italian who wears the crown. At the end, Petacchi popped the cork off another celebratory bottle of champagne- and Reims is the perfect place to do it! The world's top champagne houses call this town home, so let the party begin!