SAINT-LO, France -- Not too long ago, a successful Tour de France for Mark Cavendish meant coming away with a handful of victories.Not anymore. And not only because German rivals Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel have taken over as cyclings top sprinters.The sprint opportunities are less, Cavendish said on Thursday, lamenting how Tour organizers have created more challenging routes in recent years with more hilly stages in the opening week, as opposed to the purely flat opening stages that the race once started with.In 2008, it was 18 Cat (category) 2, Cat 1 and HC (Hors Categorie, beyond category) climbs in the whole Tour de France. Last year, there was 18 in the last week. This year, theres 28 Cat 2, Cat 1 and HC climbs, Cavendish said. Its quite an increase.He won four stages in 2008, six in 2009, five each in 2010 and 2011, and three in 2012. But over the last three races, he has won a total of three stages, and just one last year.While the first three stages this year -- highlighted by Saturdays scenic opening leg from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach -- set up well for sprinters, the route gets hilly from the fourth day onward.It makes more people win, which is good for the sport but it definitely changes our approach, Cavendish said. You dont go with a nine-man leadout team to the Tour de France anymore unless youre happy with just a couple of stage wins.Theres a longer list of GC (general classification) contenders than there ever was. And the teams are built behind them. That makes it very difficult for the sprinters.The 31-year-old British rider, nicknamed the Manx Missile, joined South African team Dimension Data for this season after shoulder surgery in September. He withdrew during last years race with ruptured ligaments in his right shoulder.Cavendish prepared for the Tour by opening his season in February, and has raced constantly to mixed results -- winning one stage each in the Tour of Qatar, Tour of Croatia, and Tour of California. He finished second to Adam Blythe in the British championships last weekend.Its been completely different. I used a lot of racing to build up my endurance, Cavendish said. I really dont know how its going to be. It could be the best thing in the world. It could be the worst thing Ive ever done.With 26 career stage wins in the Tour, Cavendish sits third on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx (34) and Bernard Hinault (28).Hes aiming for early and late wins this year, especially on the concluding stage in Paris.The biggest stage in the world, Cavendish said, is the Champs-Elysees for a sprinter.---Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf Seahawks Jerseys From China . Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point. Ahead of a crucial fortnight that will see them play against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. Cheap Seahawks Jerseys . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. http://www.cheapseahawksjerseyschina.com/will-dissly-jersey/ . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. Doug Baldwin Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Steve Largent Jersey . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has endorsed seven proposals to improve an athletes college experience.One measure calls for allowing educational exceptions to the five-year eligibility rule. The committee believes it would provide players with more opportunities to study abroad and work at internships.Another asks schools to offer life skills programs on topics such as social media, financial literacy, resume development and careers in sports among others.The committee alsso is asking athletes and administrators to work together on a definition of required athletically-related activities, to provide more information to recruits about time-demand expectations and sport-specific reviews of in-season and offseason schedules and all countable athletically-related activities.ddddddddddddThe committees recommendations will be sent to the Division I Council. Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys White ' ' '