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Mark Cavendish returns from the river styx to conquer the world of men.  Zeus has to be smiling on the man from the Isle of Man.  Cavendish is squarely in the green jersey hunt now, but he has some work to do.

It was  a HOT day today and the longest day of the race, which went from Montargis – Gueugnon 227.5km  So what do riders do on a day like this–other than stuff hose filled with ice down their back?  Drink and eat.  In the Tour, riders burn at least 5000 calories a day.  If they do not hydrate and eat during the day they are spent the next day. The Domestique will drift back to the team car and fill up with bottles.  Riders will drink something like 2 gallons of water on a given stage.

GUEUGNON, FRANCE - JULY 09: British rider Daniel Lloyd with Cervélo TestTeam carries water bottles to team mates along the 227.5km route from Montargis to Gueugnon in stage six of the Tour de France July 9, 2010 in Gueugnon, France. The last stage before the riders head into the mountains this weekend, stage six is the longest stage in this years Tour. Britain’s Mark Cavendish with team HTC Columbia got his second win in a row, while Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara of team Saxo Bank has continued to hold the yellow jersey. The iconic bicycle race will include a total of 20 stages and will cover 3,642km before concluding in Paris on July 25. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

GUEUGNON, FRANCE - JULY 09: British rider Daniel Lloyd with Cervélo TestTeam carries water bottles to team mates along the 227.5km route from Montargis to Gueugnon in stage six of the Tour de France July 9, 2010 in Gueugnon, France. The last stage before the riders head into the mountains this weekend, stage six is the longest stage in this years Tour. Britain’s Mark Cavendish with team HTC Columbia got his second win in a row, while Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara of team Saxo Bank has continued to hold the yellow jersey. The iconic bicycle race will include a total of 20 stages and will cover 3,642km before concluding in Paris on July 25. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

So today was another ho-hum day with the break being caught and a bunch sprint finish.  This all changes tomorrow.  Tuesday will be the day to be glued to the tele with a mountain finish, and a tough mountain finish.  Tomorrow, Fabu likely loses the yellow.

There were fans all along the route, and Versus reportedly has record viewers this year:

The only fireworks today was the fight between Carlos Barredo (team Quick Step) and Rui Costa (Caisse d’Epargne) after crossing the finish line.  Apparently they had been trading punches on the route, and well, cyclists attack with their wheel high over their head to bring down on the unsuspecting enemy cyclist’s head:

http://s.nos.nl/swf/embed/nos_video_embed.swf?tcmid=tcm-5-762440

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