Cavendish disqualification could put green jersey out of reach

tour de france, 2009 tour de france, stage 14, besancon, serguei ivanov, mark cavendish, thor hushovd, alberto contador, lance armstrong

Mark Cavendish's hopes of winning the green jersey were dealt a severe blow when he was relegated to last place in the bunch at the end of stage 14 to Besançon.

The Isle of Man sprinter went into the day just five points adrift of Thor Hushovd (Cervélo), but a frantic and confusing finale saw the Columbia-HTC team miss out on two fronts.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.