Criterium International - St 2&3: Porto Vecchio 75km, 7.7km ITT

Jun 16, 2009
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Thought I would fuse the two threads...Who will win the bunch sprint as their aren't any sprinters here. possibly one of the smaller teams.

The best sprinters that are here would be Vino, Duque, Gerrans, Evans and Sanchez.


The last km is all slighlty uphill so I will tip gerrans. Sanchez and Evans may go for a time bonus.



The tt profile...The latter half of the course is flat and straight so that is where Evans and Rogers should eat some time up.



Who will win?
 
75km already started. There are 6 leaders - Fofonov, Martinez, Veikannen, Dupond and two riders from the minor french teams - Dion and Ramirez. They have a gap of 45 seconds.

The letour ticker says that Contador has started and wants to do his best in the ITT.
 
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Frosty said:
75km already started. There are 6 leaders - Fofonov, Martinez, Veikannen, Dupond and two riders from the minor french teams - Dion and Ramirez. They have a gap of 45 seconds.

The letour ticker says that Contador has started and wants to do his best in the ITT.
I'll bet he will win after his "illness"
 
Jul 11, 2009
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I would say Duque in a sprint but he was climbing with Contador yesterday!

Me prediction is what it always is.......VINO!
 
Briton Russel Downing (Team Sky) outsprints the bunch to win the 75-kms second stage ahead of Swiss Michael Albasini (Columbia) and race leader Pierrick Fedrigo (BBox)

- Russel Downing!!! Incredible. Good news. Nice chap.
 
Fedrigo comes third. Looking back at the first stage, Sanchez was awarded four seconds over Evans for coming third, so i guess that means Fedrigo stretches his lead by four seconds to 25 seconds over Sanchez and 29 seconds over Evans, Rogers, Horner? Still dont think its enough though.
 
Looking quickly through the results it looks as if all the main GC contenders finished in the main group, ie Rogers, Evans, Machado, Sanchez, Horner, Millar. Contador, Armstrong, Vino all finished there too, along with Ben Hermans - be interesting to see what he can do in the TT.

EDIT: First rider off in the TT is due at 1340 CEST with the last one rolling down the ramp at 1540. The actual start time might depend on how many people decide against taking part in the tt.

Re, my earlier post about Fedrigo - The letour site is saying that Fedrigo has extended his lead by 4 seconds.
 
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This race doesnt deserve the 2HC level .Level must be dropped. It seems a silly small tour just for training .
 
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undencem said:
This race doesnt deserve the 2HC level .Level must be dropped. It seems a silly small tour just for training .
The quality of the field is ridiculous this year compared to usual.
 
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Thanks Russell Downing for the Virtual Director Sportif points, I'm now 322 out of 445 and in danger of losing sponsors.:cool:

Contador needs to prove today that he can win a Time Trial on a Specialized bike. Castilla y Leon is more than two weeks off, so if he can breathe, there's no reason to hold back.
 
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