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    Stage 4: Huy (Belgium) - Saint-Quentin

    Stage 4: Huy (Belgium) - Saint-Quentin, 215 km


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    Apparently everyone has crashed out of the tour and it's been cancelled.
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    Newsflash: UCI approve stabilisers for all riders!

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    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Only 3hours before its on TV! Yay! Another late night coming up!

    That CAT 4 climb looks nasty, but at least only 1/3rd into the stage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pshaw
    Newsflash: UCI approve stabilisers for all riders!
    I thought it was training wheels...
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    I think Boonen will be hard to beat today. Quickstep will fight hard to not lose the yellow jersey on Belgian soil, and will probably try to keep the pack together so Boonen can win in a sprint finish. This will of course give also the other sprinters a chance, but Thor is struggling with his usual stomach troubles when the weather's too hot for him. The CA team in general seems pretty worn out after their effort to defend the yellow jersey.

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    I second Boonen taking the win on home soil. Especially with his poor performance the last couple of days.
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    +2 I'm thinking we will see the return of "Tornado Tom" today.
    I would expect quickstep to chase down any breaks.

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    Heh -- it looks like I rode a small part of the route for today's stage last fall, when I was in Belgium! I did a short leg from Namur to Dinant.

    Too bad the TdF doesn't go far enough into Belgium to ride on the bike path named in honor of Eddie Merckx...

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    damn, that was confusing. . .

    Mc Ewan again.

    where was Boonen? what's going on with him?
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    how did he get so far ahead?
    did the other guys totally stuff it up?

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    Eurosport said Boonen just sat up. . .
    he did the same yesterday
    I have to see it to have some idea of what went on.

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    McEwen impressed me.
    Boonen ... surprised me.

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    McEwen is a very nice down to earth guy. Congrat to him on his 10th stage victory of his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 531Aussie
    how did he get so far ahead?
    the dude is fast
    Last edited by bobke; 07-05-06 at 12:33 PM.

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    With the race so bunched up, and with all the time trial specialists within striking distance, it's going to be a free-for-all on Stage 7. At least five or six guys have a shot at wearing the yellow Sunday morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveh2
    With the race so bunched up, and with all the time trial specialists within striking distance, it's going to be a free-for-all on Stage 7. At least five or six guys have a shot at wearing the yellow Sunday morning.
    Agreed. None of the top players are loosing much time in the last few stages (what 150 of the 172 came in at 0'00" today?) so the TT and the first stage in the mountains is going to shake things up a lot. George is going to be out for a win in the TT after loosing the prologe by less than a second, but it's also going to be a chance for other TT guys to strike into the top 3 as well.
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    Hushovd's disqualified from today's stage.

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    Looks like Robbie found a new leadout man!
    Geee that would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k
    Agreed. None of the top players are loosing much time in the last few stages (what 150 of the 172 came in at 0'00" today?) so the TT and the first stage in the mountains is going to shake things up a lot. George is going to be out for a win in the TT after loosing the prologe by less than a second, but it's also going to be a chance for other TT guys to strike into the top 3 as well.
    I'm thinking that, at the least, Hincapie, Zabriskie, Landis, Rogers, and Millar each have a decent chance of being in front after the TT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathdoc
    McEwen is a very nice down to earth guy.
    Never heard him accused of that. Same guy with his head in OGrady's lap?

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    i think ogrady had at lesat 50% resposibility with that, it was ogradys arm hooked over Robbies. but who cares, today was all about Robbie - Jet.
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    I gots a question:

    Martinez took all 3 intermediate sprints, uncontested.

    How did he convince the other four riders to allow it? Surely the bonuses meant something to them, too.

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