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    TDF 2010 stage 4 - Cambrai - Reims 153.5 km, Wed. Jul 7

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    champagne time! looks like (along with the next one) a nothing, transitional stage on paper. here's hoping it is a something stage.

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    Not a big fan, but I think Cav will take this one.
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    A sprint finish would be a nice change of pace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    A sprint finish would be a nice change of pace.
    w/o crashes!

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    I predict more crashes. This is going to end up being le tour de crashe for 2010.

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    I look for HTC to look to exact some anger on the field throughout the day and at the line.
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    Yes, this should be an opportunity for Cavendish to start scoring some points.
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    My calls have been off the mark, so perhaps I'll tip someone I don't want to do well tomorrow. Voeckler takes a field sprint.



    ok - I'll stick with the field sprint. I just hope it isn't marred by crashes.
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    I see it a controlled day. Early break away that gets caught. Columbia will establish itself again. They have to in order to get Cav back in the race for Green. Cav in the sprint finish. It will be interesting to see how Tyler and the Garmin boys do. He didn't sound to confident after his ride on the cobbles. Said he could barely hold on with his left hand.
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    Should be a day for the sprinters, if anyone has anything left after the last two days...

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    i think everyone is happy to ride a little tempo today and let the sprinters duke it out at the line.
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    Crazy roundabouts there. This is one time where I really have to question what the hell the organisers were thinking. I hope everyone gets through there alright.

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    Huh, that was a solid whooping for Cavendish, he absolutely no chance there despite a decent lead-out. I'd like to know if Greipel was cheering or steaming even more at home when he watched that.

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    Wow.

    HTC and Cav are gonna start to get pissed i would imagine.
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    Cav looked really, really bad. I wonder if he's injured.
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    Impressive ride for older guys today- Petacchi, McEwen, Dean. It's good to see Petacchi get his win without a crash behind him.

    Garmin was impressive without Farrar. Just goes to show that the leadout guys don't get enough credit under normal circumstances.
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    Last year I told everybody who would listen (which was noone) that Cav was overrated. He had his best year when all the other top sprinters were out of the race or not in form. When he's at 2% body fat he's pretty good but he's not on the level of Petacchi or McEwen. Petacchi has a good long sprint and he does well when he jumps the HTC train. He did the same in an early stage of the Giro last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Cav looked really, really bad. I wonder if he's injured.
    I think stage 1, 2 and 3 has take the wind from his sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    Last year I told everybody who would listen (which was noone) that Cav was overrated. He had his best year when all the other top sprinters were out of the race or not in form. When he's at 2% body fat he's pretty good but he's not on the level of Petacchi or McEwen. Petacchi has a good long sprint and he does well when he jumps the HTC train. He did the same in an early stage of the Giro last year.
    A little early to write him off, no? He's had a **** season (for his standards anyway), but he's still got a decade in his career easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Cav looked really, really bad. I wonder if he's injured.
    He looked surprisingly fat (for a cyclist) when I saw him ride by at the ToC in May (which he opted to race instead of the more competitive Giro):


    His other results have also been sub-par this year. Don't forget the crash that took him and Haussler out in the Tour de Suisse a few weeks ago.

    But give credit where credit is due--to Ale-Jet. This is just like when he was owning Zabel in 2003.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
    A little early to write him off, no? He's had a **** season (for his standards anyway), but he's still got a decade in his career easily.
    He's a good field sprinter, no doubt about that. He's not a game changer like everyone was saying last year. He had his one hot year. For a while Boonen looked unbeatable, then Petacchi. He'll pick up 2 stage wins every year but he's never going to win 5-6 again.

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    Also, remember that a lot of Cavendish's past success is due to his awesome lead-out train--people like the other Mark (Renshaw) and Adam Hansen (who crashed out). People seem to overlook the fact that Cavendish has had a ridiculous team in front of him, controlling the field sprint the past few years.

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    Yes, Renshaw had to take a longer pull without Hansen and I think you are seeing a weaker train in front of Cav.

    He is still very fast but will not threaten this years tour as much.
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    Definitely nice to see Petacchi take a good long drive to win. I suspect we will also get the benefit of no smack talk out of him. I hope both he and Thor stay with the race to the end, duking it out to the end.
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