Don't like HTC much?Look381 said:Just watched it. You were joking about all the way across right? They moved maybe a third of the way across, and Cav was just late moving up. If you were going to relagate someone, how about Goss for first pinning Rojas to the rail in the intermediate, when he had no intention of sprinting. And then in the final Goss used the typical HTC tactic of deliberately drifting into the path of the other sprinters and fading down the middle of the pack. Generates a slowing of the peleton because is stupid and dangerous from which Cav can accelerate.
I hate watching that sort of tactic from HTC, it lacks class. If Cav is so good why does he not risk a nice clean sprint?
The relegation was inevitable. Rojas may have got away with it had they not squeezed Cavendish out but regardless of whether Cav was late moving up, he held his line, Rojas did not and if history is anything to go by moving a couple of inches off your line will incur the wrath of the judges.
I don't understand your problem with the finish. Goss sat up because he was at the front too early, Petacchi followed and as a consequence the peloton slowed until EBH went for it. It's not like Goss brake-tested everyone. Lead-out men sit up all the time, providing they hold their line it's not a problem and I doubt any of the HTC boys would've had Cav winning the stage at that point because he was so far back.
Rojas fans have every right to be aggrieved about the relegation as Cavendish's fans were because of stage 3 but the finish the just very disorganised with nobody where they wanted to be.