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theyoungest said:
Bling Matthews.
Nowhere in the flat sprint, 2 minutes back yesterday with a small hill near the end, and we have yet to find out how he fared today, but clearly was not in the first chase group.

At the moment it looks like Sky will be in a position to push hard and Swift cope better than the other sprinters, but tomorrow is another day.
 
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Waterloo Sunrise said:
Nowhere in the flat sprint, 2 minutes back yesterday with a small hill near the end, and we have yet to find out how he fared today, but clearly was not in the first chase group.

At the moment it looks like Sky will be in a position to push hard and Swift cope better than the other sprinters, but tomorrow is another day.
I doubt Matthews was dropped on that hill yesterday. Even Theo Bos wasn't.

Matthews can climb. Probably not as good as Swift did today, but that isn't necessary.
 
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theyoungest said:
I doubt Matthews was dropped on that hill yesterday. Even Theo Bos wasn't.

Matthews can climb. Probably not as good as Swift did today, but that isn't necessary.
It would still seem very odd to find a way to drop on yesterday's stage but then make a serious commitment to fight for tomorrow's stage (and genuine commitment will be needed 100km before the finishline when it's a lot easier to give up if you're less fit, in an early season fitness race).
 
Waterloo Sunrise said:
Nowhere in the flat sprint, 2 minutes back yesterday with a small hill near the end, and we have yet to find out how he fared today, but clearly was not in the first chase group.

At the moment it looks like Sky will be in a position to push hard and Swift cope better than the other sprinters, but tomorrow is another day.
Result from stage 2:
1º 114 HOWARD, Leigh AUS ORICA GREENEDGE 3:56:24
2º 93 FARRAR, Tyler USA GARMIN-SHARP mt.
3º 18 ROJAS, Jose Joaquin ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
4º 175 GARCIA, Egoitz ESP COFIDIS mt.
5º 28 SANZ, Enrique ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
6º 17 VENTOSO, Fco. Jose ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
7º 124 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA LAMPRE-MERIDA mt.
8º 87 DEHAES, Kenny BEL LOTTO BELISOL mt.
9º 235 HAVIK, Yoeri NED CT. RIJKE SHANKS mt.
10º 10 SWIFT, Ben GBR SKY PROCYCLIUNG mt.
11º 195 CARDOSO, Manuel POR CAJA RURAL mt.
12º 83 REYNES, Vicente ESP LOTTO BELISOL mt.
13º 35 MEERSMAN, Gianni BEL OMEGA PHARMA QUICK-S mt.

There will likely be other "sprinters" coming in with the main group. Depends on how hard the first two KOM's are raced imo. Looks open.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
lol @ the swift hype
No one's saying he's the quickest.

But it's a straightforward fact he's the only sprinter who made it over the climb in the main climbers group, and the climbs tomorrow are also comfortably tough enough to drop people again if anyone, such as Swift's team, choose to make it tough.
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
Result from stage 2:
1º 114 HOWARD, Leigh AUS ORICA GREENEDGE 3:56:24
2º 93 FARRAR, Tyler USA GARMIN-SHARP mt.
3º 18 ROJAS, Jose Joaquin ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
4º 175 GARCIA, Egoitz ESP COFIDIS mt.
5º 28 SANZ, Enrique ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
6º 17 VENTOSO, Fco. Jose ESP MOVISTAR TEAM mt.
7º 124 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA LAMPRE-MERIDA mt.
8º 87 DEHAES, Kenny BEL LOTTO BELISOL mt.
9º 235 HAVIK, Yoeri NED CT. RIJKE SHANKS mt.
10º 10 SWIFT, Ben GBR SKY PROCYCLIUNG mt.
11º 195 CARDOSO, Manuel POR CAJA RURAL mt.
12º 83 REYNES, Vicente ESP LOTTO BELISOL mt.
13º 35 MEERSMAN, Gianni BEL OMEGA PHARMA QUICK-S mt.

There will likely be other "sprinters" coming in with the main group. Depends on how hard the first two KOM's are raced imo. Looks open.
No point using this to show Swift's result here though.

He punctured with few km's to the end and was wayy to far back when the sprint began...

However it should be close if other sprinters make it, of course.
 
Mar 31, 2010
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Pentacycle said:
I was more serious about Bibby than about the other two.
He has somewhat similar results as JTL had in 2011, so why not? Although he's better in the hills and sprinting than pure climbing.
tiernan locke imo is just like bibby a real billy specialist and I think bibby is even more suitable to steep climbs. he is very light unlike tiernan locke, but I don;t think he has the engine of tiernan locke
 
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Ryo Hazuki said:
tiernan locke imo is just like bibby a real billy specialist and I think bibby is even more suitable to steep climbs. he is very light unlike tiernan locke, but I don;t think he has the engine of tiernan locke
Bibby the Billy Specialist. I like it.
 
theyoungest said:
Sky will just have to decide who will win the Tour first: Geraint Thomas or Ben Swift?
Swift is a bit too young to break through already, I thought British riders were supposed to be mediocre until 27-28 before suddenly starting to climb like a rocket :p
 
theyoungest said:
I doubt Matthews was dropped on that hill yesterday. Even Theo Bos wasn't.

Matthews can climb. Probably not as good as Swift did today, but that isn't necessary.
Anyway, Howard can survive this climbs, i think he will be Orica leader for tomorrow
 
Howard can do more than sprinting. I remember seeing him when he was riding the U23 six days of rotterdam years ago, and he was a one man team. A total machine obliterating the rest of the field (including 2 of the kreders). He has a big engine too
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Howard can do more than sprinting. I remember seeing him when he was riding the U23 six days of rotterdam years ago, and he was a one man team. A total machine obliterating the rest of the field (including 2 of the kreders). He has a big engine too
6days racing is the cycling equivalent of professional wrestling.
 
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Pentacycle said:
I was more serious about Bibby than about the other two.
He has somewhat similar results as JTL had in 2011, so why not? Although he's better in the hills and sprinting than pure climbing.
As did a number of other British based riders. In fact, some had better results than JTL that year. It was JTL's dramatic improvement during 2012 against 2011 and winning notable races that brought him to everyone's attention.
 
oh costa and valverde spreading class all over again :cool:

from what i read on teh facebook costa lead out valverde, i think.

either way this bodes well for algarve and PN for costa since he was out climbing gesink today
 

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