Why Columbia didn't chase the break for Cavendish on stage 12

Columbia HTC, Tour de France 2009, stage 3

Team Columbia-HTC surprised some of their rivals by refusing to lead the chase on stage 12. Mark Cavendish missed out on a fifth stage win in this year's Tour de France but the Columbia management is convinced that the played the right strategy. 

Listening to team manager Rolf Aldag and team owner Bob Stapleton, it is clear the team is playing a tactically smart three-week game plan, that is built on Cavendish's four stage wins, on wisely using the strengths of team mates when it is only really worth it, while also putting their main rival in the points competition - Thor Hushovd - under as much pressure as possible.

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