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Does J. Vaughters actually watch the Versus coverage?

Jun 16, 2009
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He just said something about how they were riding the front all day yesterday and went to the back ONLY to discuss how the leadout was gonna go for Tyler and then the split happened...
HOWEVER in the versus coverage yesterday in the Pre ride meeting in the bus White told everyone very clearly that "We don't have ANYTHING to do with chasing today, let the other teams bring everything back we don't work today" .
A good strategy of course since CAV is just leaving Tyler behind, maybe wear down the leadout train a little as well as saving yourself for your better chance at the Team Time Trial.
But now to deny that was the strategy?
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Jun 22, 2009
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Did you see that Cav even went so far as to drop back to the Garmin team car to have a chat with the DS about Slipstream's lack of participation? After that, George went back to the Columbia car and was instructed to echelon at the next turn, and we know what happened then! Good racing.
 
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In Hincape's interview after the race, he called out the other sprinter's teams that wouldn't help and said they were the reason they drove on the front. They asked him who he was referring to, and he said he wouldn't name names but it was obvious.

At the same time, I can understand Garmin's reluctance to chase, though I did see one section where they came up with Leakygas. However, neither filtered in any riders. I am also wondering why Quick Step has been MIA from chases such as that. Boonen must believe he has no shot at all against Cav?
 
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In Hincape's interview after the race, he called out the other sprinter's teams that wouldn't help and said they were the reason they drove on the front. They asked him who he was referring to, and he said he wouldn't name names but it was obvious.

At the same time, I can understand Garmin's reluctance to chase, though I did see one section where they came up with Leakygas. However, neither filtered in any riders. I am also wondering why Quick Step has been MIA from chases such as that. Boonen must believe he has no shot at all against Cav?

This has interested me, too. I recall that, in the second stage, Boonen was getting up to the front with a few QS guys in the final kms when they all just stopped, dropped off the side, and left him to fend for himself. Then he got caught up in all that goofiness and ended up in the beer patio.

If he would have had a decent train to take him up front and challenge Columbia for leadership, he would have probably been able to contest the sprint and at least get some points, if not the win.

Ditto with The Split two days ago: where the hell was QS? They went through so much work to get Boonen at the Tour and now they're just sitting it out? Lame.

And Rabo deserve a collective kick in the pants for not even pretending to help Freire out.