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Tour Down Under Stage 3: Unley - Stirling : 132.5km

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I think this race gets won on Saturday, and not by a sprinter.

You can't put Sanchez/Valverde/Armstrong/Evans/Hincapie/Pereiro/Jens etc + a dozen psycho young aussies together and not expect gaps to the out and out sprinters. Armstrong has shown enough to say he's not afraid, Evans and Valverde showed today that they still want to beat the **** out of each other.

The only doubting factor is whether or not there are teams willing to drive hard in order to ruin the pack.

Valverde for the overall is a great bet.
 
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Greg Johnson not happy about valverde over evans. Don't blame him!!

Manuel Cardoso
1(Por) Footon Servetto
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo
5 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
6 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia
7 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
8 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
9 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux
10 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katyusha
 
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Ferminal said:
I think this race gets won on Saturday, and not by a sprinter.

You can't put Sanchez/Valverde/Armstrong/Evans/Hincapie/Pereiro/Jens etc + a dozen psycho young aussies together and not expect gaps to the out and out sprinters. Armstrong has shown enough to say he's not afraid, Evans and Valverde showed today that they still want to beat the **** out of each other.

The only doubting factor is whether or not there are teams willing to drive hard in order to ruin the pack.

Valverde for the overall is a great bet.

Not if evans has something to say about it...
 
badboyberty said:
he's also not happy about the Footon kit getting centre stage again. Don't blame him for that either!

It's ok, Cardoso's kit isn't quite as bad (still sub-par imo)

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That's his gold bike too I think... now that's bad.
 
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Publicus said:
Cuddles, the little cyclist who could!:p

Contador, the guy who doped the best:D

joke

They were saying that davis was about 5mins behind. Damm those phucken radios!!!!
Interesting, last year he won here, now he's going out the back. He's in really bad shape.
 
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Publicus said:
touché!

And Davis is lucky they didn't bring radios, the whole team would be treated to him gasping for air like Eric Cartman!

Allan has moved to lampre now.
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This was allan and his brother scott before the stage last night
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auscyclefan94 said:
They were saying that davis was about 5mins behind. Damm those phucken radios!!!!
Interesting, last year he won here, now he's going out the back. He's in really bad shape.

Don't worry. Carboncrank will find some news report somewhere to explain away something that everyone else can see without even thinking about it: That Davis is out of shape. This says more about Astana than the team not buying radios yet.

Why does this tour not have a short time trial or even just a prologue? It would make the race a lot more interesting.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
what stages have you been at so far badboyberty?

Only one true stage so far, that was today as they road past the shop. I don't get time to really ride my own bike in January let alone go watch other people ride around. Luckily they head back this way three times on Saturday, but it'll be strange sitting in McLaren Vale while looking at Willunga on TV. Really want to head up Willy Hill though to see if Tim roe can get the KoM jersey back, he's shaping up to be Australia's next big climbing sensation so it'd be a great way to start his professional career.

We did go to town for the Cancer Council Classic, spent the hour just playing in the park with my son on his strider bike and only really paid attention for the sprint.

We used to go to the East End stage when it was on Tuesday nights and I can remember being able to walk up to any barrier and get a good view. This year the entire circuit was lined with people, five or more deep in some places. If we go to town next year I'm going to head down to Landmark and see if I can pick up an electric cattle prod so I can get a better view :).
 
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Feldy82 said:
Fugly Foot... ugh! Thought today was going to be a day for Mic, Val, and Evens. I've been pretty impressed with BMC so far.
I have as well. they have been agressive in the breaks and in the sprints. Wyss has been a little unlucky not to podium as he has been boxed in especially that being due to no leadout train

BroDeal said:
Don't worry. Carboncrank will find some news report somewhere to explain away something that everyone else can see without even thinking about it: That Davis is out of shape. This says more about Astana than the team not buying radios yet.

Why does this tour not have a short time trial or even just a prologue? It would make the race a lot more interesting.

Shipping costs for tt bikes. Even so they could just use road bikes with aero bars. Would make the race more interesting but it is a sprinters race.
 
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I don't know what the predictions looked like, but who would have picked a rider from Footon Servetto to win a stage?

I would have picked him for the Willunga stage, as he's a far better climber than any other sprinter in this race...but I didn't expect this particular stage to be hard enough to drop the others.

It's odd that he would attack, being a sprinter, but then again, since he won the nationals this way last year, I guess he thought he'd try again. He was probably scared of the top sprinters still being fresh to sprint, since he can't match them for speed (he's a continental-level sprinter, really)
 
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It's pretty obvious that Allan Davis has been in Bundaberg drinking the local product. In my experience, Bundaberg is good for riding a bike and drinking Bundy Rum, since there is nothing else to do there.

Great win for Cardoso, he took a punt and attacked and he got a victory for his team. A contender for upset victory of the season at this stage. Kudos.