MARK CAVENDISH is heading for the Alps knowing he faces an uphill battle after yesterdays failure to grab a third straight Tour de France stage win. Green jersey holder Cavendish stuck with the peloton as Nicki Sorensen broke clear from a breakaway group of seven riders to claim Stage 12. Cavendish, who led home the group to finish eighth and extend his lead over Thor Hushovd in the sprinters classification to 10 points, won the 10th and 11th stages to takes his Tour tally to four and equal the British record of eight career stage wins. But he wasnt among the contenders yesterday and said: We needed a break. Its a long day every day and the guys are only human. They can only do so much. We need to be fresh to get through the Alps. Im a little tired -- we have done 12 days of racing now so everybodys tired -- but I am in better condition than I was in the 12th stage last year. The focus is on Paris now. But that finishing line is over a week away and the peleton looked distinctly subdued when seven riders pulled clear after 80 kilometres yesterday. A break 22km out split the bunch and although he was followed by the game Sylvain Calzati, the Frenchman was easily shrugged off by the Dane, who surged home to win by 48 seconds from second-placed Laurent Lefevre. Rinaldo Nocentini, who retained the yellow jersey for a fifth night, was in the bosom of the peloton as were Astana duo Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, his nearest rivals. The highest placed rider in the lead group (Sorensen) was more than 10 minutes behind in the general classification so we were happy, said AG2Rs Nocentini. It meant there was no change at the top of the general classification heading into todays stage, a 200km epic from Vittel to Colmar. 36 Friday, 17 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT FISHERS BABY LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... BROTHER BEAR (L&B 16/07) youre clearly not a Spurs fan if you want Harry out. Hes the best thing to happen to us in a very long time. And Vieira is a great player, regardless of the fact hes played for Arsenal. Grow up! Jack STEVEO (L&B 16/07) all this time off and you still havent brushed up on your banter then? Instead of wasting money on old Gooners, maybe the Spurs board can be charitable and buy some more brain cells for you and Wadsy the wally. Ha! Ryanaldo RE SPURS (L&B 16/07) I see the annual speculation of unrealistic Spurs transfer targets has begun. Next itll be the top four quotes! Shelf boy WADSY (L&B 16/07) welcome back. Even I missed you. Do you think spuds can pay Adebayors wage and help your old friends out? Hehe. . Gunnerchic RE OPEN (L&B 16/07) what is it with Poulter and his stupid outfits? Hes more worried about his image. Whats he ever done? Nothing. Marcus RE TOUR (L&B 16/07) so because Mark Cavendish is spanking everyone in the sprints, he is now racist! Obviously. Go Cav. Brick Top KNOW why we cant win at sport? Go out on a Saturday night and take a look at the men this country produces! All hair gel and wkd! A man To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: e-edition.thelondonlite.co.uk Mountain to climb: Briton Mark Cavendish Cavendish faces uphill battle to conquer Alps OVERALL STANDINGS AfterStage12 1.RinaldoNocentini(Ita)AG2RLaMondiale 2.AlbertoContadorVelasco(Spa)Astana 3.LanceArmstrong(USA)Astana 4.LeviLeipheimer(USA)Astana 5.BradleyWiggins(Gbr)Garmin 65.DavidMillar(Gbr)Garmin 81.CharlesWegelius(Gbr)Silence-Lotto 132.MarkCavendish(Gbr)TeamColumbia Nextstages Today:Stage13,Vittel-Colmar(200km). Tomorrow:Stage14,Colmar-Besancon (199km).Sunday:Stage15,Pontarlier- Verbier(207.5km). Live on British Eurosport BY HARRY LANE LONDONERRossFisherhaspleadedwithhiswife Jo not to give birth for the next three days after a late flurry of birdies helped him to a second round 68 to leave him three under for the Open. The 28-year-old from Cheam (inset below) who playsatWentworth,haspledgedtoquitTurnberry assoonashegetsacalltosaysheisinlabourand he has a plane on stand-by to whisk him back to his London home. Some fabulous iron play saw him make three birdies on the trot as the Englishman was among those striking back against overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. He sank a 50-footer to birdie 15. Little-known American Steve Marino set the early clubhouse target as a previously defenceless Turnberry exacted a measure of revenge on the worlds best players. Marino began the day three off the lead held by Spains Jimenez, the 45-year-old having equalled the lowest first round in Open history with his 64 yesterday. But, as Jimenez and many others failed to cope with a strong wind on the Ayrshire links, Open debutant Marino carded a second round of 68 for a five-under-par halfway total of 135. Jimenez dropped four shots in five holes fromthesecondandfoundyetmoretrouble on the par-three sixth, a daunting 231- yard hole played into the wind, with his tee shot landing in an awkward spot in a greenside bunker. With one leg in the bunker and one perched precariously outside it on the steep bank, he almost missed the ball entirely and moved it only a matter of inches,leadingtoanotherbogeyinfive holes. Paul Casey, who looked to be bang in the mix overnight, notched four bogeys and two double bogeys to go seven over for the round and back to five over for the Championship. TV: Today, BBC2, from 9am; Tomorrow, BBC1, 10am-5.15pm, BBC2, 5.15pm-7.30pm; Sunday, BBC2 11am-12.45pm 10am-5.15pm, BBC1, 12.45pm-6.30pm. Radio: BBC Five Live. Dad-to-beRoss onfireasOpen coursestartsto turnonAngel BY GEOFF TEATHER Angel dust: Miguel Angel Jimenez, the overnight leader, was brought down to earth with a bump today and had a 68 fordebutant Marino carded a second round of ve holesJimenez dropped four shots in fi troublemoreyetfoundandsecondthefrom on the par-three sixth, a daunting 231- hiswithwind,theintoplayedholeyard inspotawkwardaninlandingshottee vefiinbogeyanothertoleadinginches, Paul Casey, who looked to be bang in the mix overnight, notched four bogeys and two double bogeys to go seven over for theforoverfivetobackandroundthe index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html