2013 Tour de France Stage 1: Porto Vecchio -> Bastia, 213km (29/06/13)

Who will win Stage 1?

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Mar 10, 2009
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Yea, should be a very fast stage and sprinter filled. OK Cav for the first stage, I just hope the rest are at least within a wheel :cool:
 
Apr 14, 2010
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Gorilla. Cav has a bit of a habit of missing the first sprint stage (I think 2009 is the only time he's taken it out)
 
Jun 21, 2013
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Grepiel taken out by a crash, Kittel gets dropped on the 200m @ 2% climb, Cavendish wins sprint under the Flamme Rouge – before realizing there’s still 1km to go, Sagan accidently rides on top of car, Goss relegated for obstruction, Bouhanni relegated for headbutting, Kristoff wins :cool:
 
Voted Sagan, Cav and his team has had a tendency to mess it up on the first sprint stage before, but if they don't then we'll see Cav in yellow. Which would be very deserved IMO, even if I'm not much of a fan personally.
 
Aug 16, 2011
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The sprint and lead up to it is no doubt going to be chaos. Positioning is going to be key, and every single team with a sprinter is going to be fighting hard to be in within the first 10 riders all in the hope of getting that first yellow jersey. Won't be surprised if we get carnage somewhere.

And don't forget that corner with 2000 meters to go. It's a long way to go from the finish but if someone screws up on it and they're near the front they could create a big barrier and some lesser known rider/sprinter could slip away for that first yellow jersey.


I say Cav to take the stage, OPQS will ride balls to the wall to keep everything under control for Cav. As long as they can keep him at the front and safe from crashes he'll be able to win the sprint.
 
Sep 9, 2009
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The first of several sprint finishes with dodgy corners. 2km should be OK (certainly if it were not day 1) - the corners with 400m to go later in the race will certainly be more awkward.
 
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Afrank said:
The sprint and lead up to it is no doubt going to be chaos. Positioning is going to be key, and every single team with a sprinter is going to be fighting hard to be in within the first 10 riders all in the hope of getting that first yellow jersey. Won't be surprised if we get carnage somewhere.

And don't forget that corner with 2000 meters to go. It's a long way to go from the finish but if someone screws up on it and they're near the front they could create a big barrier and some lesser known rider/sprinter could slip away for that first yellow jersey.


I say Cav to take the stage, OPQS will ride balls to the wall to keep everything under control for Cav. As long as they can keep him at the front and safe from crashes he'll be able to win the sprint.
Is that a corner, or a combination of several chicanes in succession? Certainly, looks ripe for a pileup.
 
Sep 9, 2009
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SetonHallPirate said:
Is that a corner, or a combination of several chicanes in succession? Certainly, looks ripe for a pileup.
Everyone has the road book, and they'll all have a DS shouting down their ear about it for 10 minutes beforehand.

The crashes will come where you don't expect.
 
Feb 22, 2011
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Let's face it, Stage 1 of the Tour is a bit of a lottery. The mad dash to be at the front is, at the very least, going to make positioning difficult. Whether you're in the right place with, say, 200m to go is going to be as much about luck as it is judgment.

On the 100th edition of the race, Fortune to favour the French - Bouhanni FTW.
 
Sep 9, 2009
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spalco said:
I think Cavendish will be there, if there's a crash at 2K it's unlikely he'll be affected; but he might be alone afterwards if OPQS burns their matches to put him on the front at that point.
As long as Tony isn't already on the front of their train with 3km to go he'll be alright.

How do people see the Intermediate sprint - expecting lots of pointless partaking or will it be down to 5 guys behind the break already?

Flat and straight incidentally.
 

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