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Old 07-07-09, 10:29 AM   #1
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TdF surprises/observations through 4 stages (Spoiler Alert)

Surprises:
1. Lance fraction off yellow
2. Evans already 3 minutes down
3. 5 Americans in top 20 on GC

Observations:
1. The importance of overall team strength has never been so apparent to me
2. Velonews prediction of an all Astana podium doesn't seem so crazy now
3. This is a climbers tour, so a lot can change for Evans, Schlecks, Sastre...but how can they make up time on AC in the mountains?
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Old 07-07-09, 11:05 AM   #2
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At this point of the race, I'm not surprised by the things on your list - although I thought Levi would be the top positioned rider on Astana after the two time trials. One thing you've overlooked - Astana have a legitimate contender for Lanterne Rouge too.
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Observations:
1. The importance of overall team strength has never been so apparent to me
2. Velonews prediction of an all Astana podium doesn't seem so crazy now
3. This is a climbers tour, so a lot can change for Evans, Schlecks, Sastre...but how can they make up time on AC in the mountains?
2: Impossible.
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