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It's a sprint, it's a finish, it's Cavendish

Updated: May 17, 2010, 1:42 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One glance at the maps that make up the road bible for the Tour of California was all it took for many people to conclude that the opening stage would belong to Mark Cavendish.

The 104.3-mile mile trek from Nevada City to Sacramento was one of perhaps two or three stages in the eight-day race guaranteed to end in a bunch sprint. A victory would put the dynamic young Brit and his California-based HTC-Columbia team in the overall lead. And winning would be good medicine ...

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