- Jun 22, 2009
Two small climbs and three sprints - the breakaway will, no doubt, be caught in the last 10 kms. All sorts of 'sprinters' will then unsuccessfully attempt to prevent Cav from winning again.
Bala Verde said:Correct analysis. Next stage please...
Declaraciones de Koldo Fernández de Larrea:
"La verdad es que no he tenido mucha suerte en la primera etapa del Tour de Francia que disputo en mi vida. Las sensaciones durante el día han sido buenas y estaba motivado para entrar al sprint. Soy consciente de que coger la rueda de Cavendish es practicamente imposible, por lo que he optado por seguir la estela de Hushovd. Es rápido y tiene una escuadra que trabaja bien las llegadas. Cuando iba a su rueda e íbamos ganando posiciones, a unos 900 metros de la línea de llegada ha debido de haber un frenazo y he hecho el afilador con el noruego. No sé cuantos nos hemos caido, en ese momento no pensaba en nada. Tengo heridas en muslo, cadera, hombro y biceps izquierdos, además de un golpe en la parte superior del costillar izquierdo. Ahora solo quiero estar tranquilo y ver como evoluciona el golpe".
auscyclefan94 said:We already know who is going to win into L a Grrande Motte... CAV. We should guess for second place. Bert Grabsch and Eisel did great work chasing and reduced the gap quickly. Tylar Farrar looked pretty good. Even if Cavendish doesnt try for green intentionally he will still win it as he will win lots of stages unintentionally. I was actually hoping for a more grand sprint. I was hoping to see Boonen, Friere, Steegmans, Napoilitano, Haussler, etc. iT wasn't a great sprint to watch as nearly all the riders got caught behind or went off course and 2 columbia boys lead out Cav with Farrar on his wheel. It was a bit unfortunate because i wanted to see Boonen and Ciolek have a real crack at it. Hopefully today's stage is better. It will definetly be a sprint but will Columbia be so willing to do all the chasing? My tip yesterday was Ciolek but i will have to go for Cav for today's stage.
nobody said:No, it will depend of the weather. It can be windy so a lot of bordures could happen. The forecast gives a 20-25 NW wind.
Thoughtforfood said:Seeing that you are a Cadel Evans fan also, I have to say that Ciolek's chances have improved significantly because of your switch.
BroDeal said:The big teams with GC contenders or a shot at winning the TTT will want an easy day, so it is ideal for a break.
It wouldn't surprise me if Quickstep and Silence decide to tear apart the peloton with this headwind, for Boonen to drop Cavendish and for Evans to eliminate a few GC contenders that are not used to this kind of Classics style racing (isn't it Menchov? ). But on the other hand, I doubt Columbia will drop their guard today.Timmy-loves-Rabo said:If not then Boonen is my guy for tonight.
Maybe Van Avermaet can get amongst it too...
Jasper said:It wouldn't surprise me if Quickstep and Silence decide to tear apart the peloton with this headwind, for Boonen to drop Cavendish and for Evans to eliminate a few GC contenders that are not used to this kind of Classics style racing (isn't it Menchov? ). But on the other hand, I doubt Columbia will drop their guard today.
Animal said:Except that Garmin want to put Wiggins in yellow after the TTT.
I don't think any of the GC teams, or the sprinter teams will let a break go the distance today.
Amsterhammer said:Maarten Ducrot just said on Dutch tv that Milram are 'hoping' to beat Cav (much mirth behind the microphones) while Quickstep have 'a plan' for dealing with Cav.
They wouldn't tell him what, though. Aww. He speculated that they would try to disrupt the Renshaw-Hincapie train before the actual sprint starts. A sub-plot to look forward to today.