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Criterium du Dauphine - Stage 1

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Lead out for Thomas was by Peter Kennaugh. Russ Downing came in at 1 min 51s and EBH at 5.37 On that basis, they probably chose their leadout right.

Anyway, Thomas wears green tomorrow.
 
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well i didnt know if there were, i did ask yesterday, eurosport thought there were, all odd. :D

Im still surprised the leadout wasnt the other way around. still a cracking ride by gee. Forget wiggins, geraint is going to be sky's british star
Don't say that. The "Over the Pond" boys will give him a daft nickname, start taking the p*ss and call him overrated, because they never overrate their boys.:rolleyes:
 
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Lead out for Thomas was by Peter Kennaugh. Russ Downing came in at 1 min 51s and EBH at 5.37 On that basis, they probably chose their leadout right.

Anyway, Thomas wears green tomorrow.

was it.. looked a lot like russ.. :eek: In which case peter really is starting to find his feet.
 
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so you think they didn't know there were no time bonuses? ;)

Hey, with Sky's Attention To Detail (Tm), of course they would know that. I am sure they are merely wanting him to finish each stage in as high a position in case he finishes GC with the exact same time as another rider, and they work on countbacks. Marginal gains and all that. :p
 
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Is that you Carlton?........;)

well i was watching two different things, and listening to kirby, so i assumed he knew what he was talking about :D
 
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was it.. looked a lot like russ.. :eek: In which case peter really is starting to find his feet.

Can only go by the full results on the official site. Kennaugh peeled off and came in 2 seconds down. I assume Russ Downing, Calzati, Augustin and Vigano got caught behind that crash. EBH looked like he roled in with the Grupetto (along with Cooke and Bennati).

To be honest, Downing has a lot of power and sits quite low which means you can pick him ot quite easily and I didn't think it was him.
 
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Hey, with Sky's Attention To Detail (Tm), of course they would know that. I am sure they are merely wanting him to finish each stage in as high a position in case he finishes GC with the exact same time as another rider, and they work on countbacks. Marginal gains and all that. :p

and they put him in green which may well have been the aim

my errr. i assumed there were time bonuses, and frankly i think its silly there arent :D 20, 16, and 12 would have done nicely.
 
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To be honest, Downing has a lot of power and sits quite low which means you can pick him ot quite easily and I didn't think it was him.

you saying hes a midget :D yeh, he is very small and squat over the bike, but then so is kennaugh being a baby and all.. i was watching on a 5" dodgy picture at the time
 

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Shack Attack

Gotta love Janez Brajkovic's attack to gain the 6 seconds that would have put him in Yellow. Honorable and Noble effort Jani!!
 
The thing with Brajkovic is, every year he shows some good things and you expect the final 'explosion' into an absolute top rider, but it still didn't really happen.

He's a very nice guy though and I like him a lot. I wish he could win something big these days to come out of the shadow.
 
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Brajkovic's attack was fantastic. I like this kid. He's a good TT'er and an excellent climber. Good future ahead of him once he gets on a real team.

There, fixed it for you. :p

But yeah, Jani has potential.
 
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well done to astana, they told people they wouldn't defend the jersey,
they let a big gap come out and still didn't chase properly,
they stayed at the front all day (and were in front of the crash) but let other teams work,
they put in some work in the closing kms whenever the pace dropped,
almost all finished in the front group and retained the jersey without riding 180 kms in the wind,
perfect day out for them. the problem will arise in the tour other teams will be less likely to believe that the jersey wont be defended and will "play chicken" longer eg vino in giro.

of course AC would like to win the dauphine but it's not neccesary to put his team on the front of the peleton all week, and its not worth him, or any key domestiques, going into the red to do it.
 
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>> Good future ahead of him (Brajkovic)
>>>> No

Out of curiosity, what makes you think Jani's future won't be great?
Is it because he's had too many chances and hasn't had a break out year?

I'd love to see him break through and win at least one grand tour. I think he might need to become more selfish for his own benefit. He might need to demand that "he is the man" and that a team is built to support him. And that might mean leaving RadioShack. Eventually, he should do what's best for him. For now, he probably enjoys hanging out and learning from Lance, Levi, Horner, and Johan.
 
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boasson hagen

Hey guys what happened to Boasson Hagen??? today it was a perfect stage for him, at the start of the year he was one of the best of the world, he was one of the favuorites for Milan-Sanremo and after his injury he seems far from the best condition! what do you think?????
 
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Hey guys what happened to Boasson Hagen??? today it was a perfect stage for him, at the start of the year he was one of the best of the world, he was one of the favuorites for Milan-Sanremo and after his injury he seems far from the best condition! what do you think?????

A stage perfect for a healthy Boasson Hagen. Unfortunately the Boasson Hagen riding today wasn't fully healthy, so he's just trying to stay out of trouble. If that means sacrificing a potential win, so be it. I'm sure his team boss and his fans would rather he fly under the radar for a bit and be raring to go late season than get them a win in the Dauphiné but re-rupture his achilles and be out for the season.
 
SAINT-LAURENT-DU-PONT, France — Haimar Zubeldia's Tour de France campaign for Lance Armstrong's RadioShack team is under threat after the Spaniard suffered a fracture in a crash on Monday.

Zubeldia was one of several riders to crash on the first stage of the Dauphine Criterium, a key warm-up stage race for next month's Tour de France, and has now been ruled out of this week's race.

RadioShack also said the 33-year-old Spanish climbing specialist had a plate fitted to a fractured radius bone on his right forearm during a minor operation at a local hospital.

Zubeldia is regarded as a key mountain helper for Armstrong in his bid for an eighth yellow jersey in July, however RadioShack said his participation in the race is only "compromised".

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jBlHk_7xjPNFmfkFRwVSpv42BJMw
 
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A stage perfect for a healthy Boasson Hagen. Unfortunately the Boasson Hagen riding today wasn't fully healthy, so he's just trying to stay out of trouble. If that means sacrificing a potential win, so be it. I'm sure his team boss and his fans would rather he fly under the radar for a bit and be raring to go late season than get them a win in the Dauphiné but re-rupture his achilles and be out for the season.

ditto.. this is a training ride for him nothing else.. annoying when eurosport with five k to go are getting excited and tipping edvald for the stage.

News coming from sean yates on norwegian tv today is that edvald is riding the tour.. still dont agree he should, but what do i know.
 
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News coming from sean yates on norwegian tv today is that edvald is riding the tour.. still dont agree he should, but what do i know.

You'd think they'd learn from taking Froome to the Giro - you can't start a GT banged up or out of shape.

On the up-side: promising work from young Kennaugh though
 
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SAINT-LAURENT-DU-PONT, France — Haimar Zubeldia's Tour de France campaign for Lance Armstrong's RadioShack team is under threat after the Spaniard suffered a fracture in a crash on Monday.

Zubeldia was one of several riders to crash on the first stage of the Dauphine Criterium, a key warm-up stage race for next month's Tour de France, and has now been ruled out of this week's race.

RadioShack also said the 33-year-old Spanish climbing specialist had a plate fitted to a fractured radius bone on his right forearm during a minor operation at a local hospital.

Zubeldia is regarded as a key mountain helper for Armstrong in his bid for an eighth yellow jersey in July, however RadioShack said his participation in the race is only "compromised".

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jBlHk_7xjPNFmfkFRwVSpv42BJMw

This explains why he lost so much time today. Speedy recovery Haimar.
 
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You'd think they'd learn from taking Froome to the Giro - you can't start a GT banged up or out of shape.

On the up-side: promising work from young Kennaugh though
Still almost a month left though. He usually finds form quickly, but apparently he's lost some power as well. I still believe he can find quite decent form for the tour, perhaps not good enough to win those semi-hard stages he'd normally be one of the favourites for, but perhaps good enough to get a win from a breakaway and in addition do some decent work for Wiggins. I'll be slightly worried if he doesn't get any result at all in Dauphine though.