C’est La Vie… Cavendish’s Olympic “Cœur Brisé”

Mark Cavendish Trains hard

Mark Cavendish feeling boxed in  © The Guardian

The Englistics French odyssey hits the road one last time. After a “Sacré bleu” yesterday for Bradley Wiggins at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Bell Ringing, for Mark Cavendish today it’s a “C’est La Vie” (that’s life; such is life.)

There is no better phrase to sum up the events of the men’s 250 km time trial. Excepting perhaps the proper French “j’ai le cœur brisé” (I have a broken heart ). After the disappointments of Beijing in 2008, there is now added the disappointment of Box Hill.

It seems all the éclat from British long distance cycling was reserved for the Tour De France where they were a “Tour De Force”.

The 250km Mens Time Trial Result:

Gold: Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan)

Silver: Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)

Bronze: Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

4 Taylor Phinney (USA) 5 Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan) 6 Stuart O’Grady (Australia) 7 Jurgen Roelandts (Belgium) 8 Gregory Rast (Switzerland) 9 Luca Paolini (Italy) 10 Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 11 Lars Boom (Netherlands) 12 Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) 13 Rui Costa (Portugal) 14 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain) 15 Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) 16 Sergio Henao (Colombia) 17 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 18 Alejandro Valverde (Spain) 19 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) 20 Sylvain Chavanel (France)  1st Team GB 29: Mark Cavendish

France after a very poor couple of weeks politically (twittergate) , economically and in sport (e.g. cycling at Tour De france) at least with a 20th place they can say they beat the old enemy.  So as a balancing item there is this:  a humourous approach to the very English “Double Entendre” and the French art of being “Pissed” at the French Open click here.

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Extra Definitions:

Eclat: Brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown. (the free dictionary)