Wind Keeps Tour de France Riders at Bay, but Mark Cavendish Barrels Through


Mark Cavendish, who passed the German sprinter Marcel Kittel, left, won his fourth stage Saturday of the Tour de France.

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VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France — When sprinters get on a roll at the Tour de France, sometimes there is no stopping them.

That certainly was the case for Mark Cavendish, who won the 14th stage on Saturday, a 129-mile ride along mostly flat roads from Montélimar to a wild bird park here.

With a strong headwind again in the weather forecast, the Tour’s organizers started the stage 15 minutes early. Even so, the leaders crossed the finish line about 20 minutes later than the organizers’ most pessimistic prediction — and that was based on the original start time.

The heavy wind, however, could not stop the roll of Cavendish, who earned his fourth stage victory of this Tour. A Briton who rides for the Dimension Data team, he attributed his success this year to the time he spent on velodromes in preparation for the track cycling events at the Rio Olympics.

“I’m exactly the same physically,” Cavendish said, adding…

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