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Giro stage 13: Lido di Camaiore - Firenze (176 km)

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May 13, 2009
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Garmin seems very happy to lead out at around 2-3km to go, then they slide back. Weird tactics.

Also, it looked there might have been a split in the peloton. Probably not big enough so they'll all get ST.
 
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Watching the replay, for the third time in the three sprints where they both actually sprinted Petacchi had to sprint from a longer distance than Cavendish yet was clearly faster than Cavendish. Impressive.

"My" team is Columbia, but I've clearly got to hand it to Petacchi.
Makes you wonder what the results would be like if he had a train working for him like Cavendish has.

Still, 3 wins for Cavendish. Gotta be happy :)
 
issoisso said:
Watching the replay, for the third time in the three sprints where they both actually sprinted Petacchi had to sprint from a longer distance than Cavendish yet was clearly faster than Cavendish. Impressive.

"My" team is Columbia, but I've clearly got to hand it to Petacchi.
Makes you wonder what the results would be like if he had a train working for him like Cavendish has.

Still, 3 wins for Cavendish. Gotta be happy :)

I had the same impression about Petacchi! I was gonna mention it, but I was worried it would come off as sounding apologist or whatever.

I think these two are pretty evenly matched, with Cav getting the edge b/c of his great lead out train. Columbia literally muscled into the lead in the final kilometers. Hats off to the team!

And to Cav. He's proven he can win on his own (like McEwen), but now he's also got a big lead out train. Things look good for the Manxman. It's telling when Petacchi has to go from 4 or 5 guys back when Cavendish is still second wheel behind a teammate. With that team and that finishing kick...damn.
 

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