Mark Cavendish

Steaming ahead of pack

GUEUGNON, France — Mark Cavendish screamed in exultation Friday, outsprinting game American Tyler Farrar over the line and winning the hot, windy Stage 6 at the Tour de France.

Cavendish, of the Columbia-HTC team, finished the longest mileage day of racing in 5 hours, 37 minutes, 42 seconds, nosing his bike ahead of Farrar, who rides for Garmin-Transitions and is racing despite a broken bone in his wrist.

The 141.3-mile route began in Montargis and was a draining day with temperatures on the road approaching 100 degrees.

In the last mile or so, it was clear Columbia-HTC and Garmin-Transitions were setting up Cavendish and Farrar, but Cavendish had just enough oomph at...