Cav has been involved in just three bunch sprints this year. He has won two – Tournai and Brive – but lost out to Griepel at Saint-Quentin, which was a tough uphill finish and came the day after Cav had been involved in a crash on the approach to Rouen. In the intermediate sprints that he contested, Cav was also the fastest and, to date, Peter Sagan hasn't managed to beat him in a sprint.
Can Mark Cavendish make it four wins in a row in Paris or will André Griepel or Peter Sagan or Matthew Goss spoil Sky's party? We will soon know!
Meanwhile here is a great footage with very evocative French commentary of the end of Stage 18 and Cav's win in Brive.
Also audio of Bradley Wiggins' press conference yesterday.