Tour De France Stage 18: A Win for Mark Cavendish, Recap of Day's Events

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Tour De France Stage 18: A Win for Mark Cavendish, Recap of Day's Events

With Stage 18 upon us, and the Tour de France coming to a close, it looks like Alberto Contador could take home back-to-back titles if Andy Schleck can't overcome Contador's eight-second lead going into today.

The two went toe-to-toe during stage 17, but Schleck couldn't shake the defending champion. Contador's eight-second lead, though it doesn't sound like much to some, is a lot to those who are trying to beat him. It's like an NBA team having a 20-point lead with a minute to go in the fourth quarter.

So, should we call the Tour all but over at this point, or could something drastic happen to change the look of the Tour over the next few days?

While it's unlikely, you can bet that every rider in the field will have some idea of where the defending champ is, and the other riders will do everything they can to keep him in their sights.

If he gains just a few more seconds, you may as well hand him the trophy now and send the rest of the riders home to try again next year.

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