Will Mark Cavendish move from Sky – David Brailsford has acknowledged that Cav could go. If Cav does move I wonder what the chances are of reuniting with Mark Renshaw, his brilliant lead-out man when they were HTC Columbia together.
It was disappointing that the men's road race didn't come down to a big bunch sprint giving Cav a good chance to win a gold medal. It was, however, always going to be a big task for four riders to control the race. I can understand why other teams wouldn't work to bring the break back – Cav is just too fast for his own good! The Australians had someone in the break and André Griepel seemed to have lost some of his legs in the last week of the Tour. He was quite well back in the last two bunch sprints at Brive and on the Champs Elysées, so probably wasn't confident he could beat Cav on the Mall. Griepel did win the peloton bunch sprint but no real indication what would have happened had there been a full out bunch sprint for the medals.
Women's Road Race
This was considerably more exciting than the Men's race yesterday. Very fine ride by Lizzie Armitstead to get Silver and also excellent by Emma Pooley. Congratulations to the winner – Marianne Vos.
PS: Ludicrous security@Hyde Park
Ticketed spectators at the Hyde Park enclosed big screens not allowed to take any food or liquids into area. I was told it was due to security but surely had much more to do with persuading you to buy food and drink from the many stalls inside. Allowed to take in an empty small plastic or metal water bottle (no glass) but not with the top of a plastic bottle! Why?