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    Stage 7: Friday, July 8 218 km Le Mans → Châteauroux

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    A rare traditional looking sprint stage. I'm sure Cav will enjoy this one.

    I'll go out on the limb and predict a Greipel victory. I think he's angry and Gilbert said they'd work for him on this stage.
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    Hmm, considering this is where Cav got his first stage win in the TDF I'd say he'll be trying very hard to repeat that, the finish is wide and straight in so if HTC can get their train together I don't see how he's beatable. Hell, he's shown already that he doesn't even need the train, he's quite capable of jumping on someone's wheel and then just powering around them.

    That said I'll be rooting for Greipel, Petacchi or anyone else with half a chance, I respect Cav's abilities but I certainly don't have to like the guy!

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    Hushovd leads Farrar ftw. Or Cavendish, if he stays out of trouble.

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    Big crash. Looks like Wiggins is out. The Eurosport commentators are absolutely distraught. Anybody see Horner get back into it? He was in a ditch. Big split in the peloton.

    Edit: Horner back up, but way back.
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    That sucks for Wiggins. He was looking super skinny this year.
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    Farrar chasing to get back on. Leipheimer, Kreutzinger, Roach, and other back as well.

    Leipheimer (now a puncture)and TRS are having a bad day.
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    Great sprint. Text book for HTC. Cav is back in swing of winning again. Greipel got the jump on him, but Cav had to much speed.

    Pretty good post race interview of Cav on Eurosport. He gave all the credit to his team. He hadn't heard about Wiggins crashing out.
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    Wow, a lot of big names throwing their chances away this week. Contador suddenly doesn't look so bad again less than two minutes back.

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    So when the group split due to the crash, was it bad form for the guys in front to attack? Seems like etiquette would dictate slowing down and letting the guys behind the crash catch up. The 60 guys in front just hammered it and ended up with a huge gap.
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    History is the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    So when the group split due to the crash, was it bad form for the guys in front to attack? Seems like etiquette would dictate slowing down and letting the guys behind the crash catch up. The 60 guys in front just hammered it and ended up with a huge gap.
    I knew it wouldn't take long before that was brought up. It looked like the front group slowed for a bit and some smaller and individual riders caught up. But that big split never caught up. Actually lost some time at the finish.
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    The only GC contenders that have been left untouched by crashes at this point seem to be the Schlecks and Cadel Evans. I saw Leopard-Trek come to the front and drill it after the crash to make sure none of the GC threats could catch back up to the main field, which tells me that they are going to play rough and do whatever it takes to try to win.

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    Radio shack, Vino, contador himself and bmc will push leopard tomorrow big time. AS will crack tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
    The only GC contenders that have been left untouched by crashes at this point seem to be the Schlecks and Cadel Evans. I saw Leopard-Trek come to the front and drill it after the crash to make sure none of the GC threats could catch back up to the main field, which tells me that they are going to play rough and do whatever it takes to try to win.
    I can't really blame them after what happened last year (though I'm sure others will). The opening week has been nuts! Stages that should have been uneventful, weren't. I have a theory as to why, but I'm not going to bring it up here.
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    Leopard-Trek hammering to pull away from other GC guys when they're hit with bad luck? That sounds like something that Andy Schleck would whine about if it happened to him.

    Wiggins, Leipheimer, and Horner are all out of GC contention. Hope they heal up quickly, but I'm excited that the GC guys that are actually exciting to watch are still in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    So when the group split due to the crash, was it bad form for the guys in front to attack? Seems like etiquette would dictate slowing down and letting the guys behind the crash catch up. The 60 guys in front just hammered it and ended up with a huge gap.
    Don't see it as an attack. The peloton behaved the same as it does within that distance from the finish. Besides, half the field going downis not the same as a single GC or two going down and the peloton deciding to drop the hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    Radio shack, Vino, contador himself and bmc will push leopard tomorrow big time. AS will crack tomorrow.
    Andy Schleck has burned like 12 calories so far in this tour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    So when the group split due to the crash, was it bad form for the guys in front to attack? Seems like etiquette would dictate slowing down and letting the guys behind the crash catch up. The 60 guys in front just hammered it and ended up with a huge gap.
    They didn't attack. There was an intermediate sprint at 25k which a number of teams were interested in despite the breakaway group of 4 being still away.

    The 'etiquette' didn't apply as Thor (yellow) was in the lead peloton.

    They always hammer it on sprint stages. It's nothing personal against Leipheimer and Horner.
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    Real shame for Wiggins, he was in good shape and it looked in the Dauphine as if Sky had got their act together and knew how to ride for him in the mountains. And having waited for him the whole team lost time.

    Another textbook exhibition from Cavendish, though. I no longer have any doubt that he's the best sprinter I've seen in almost forty years of following road racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kind of Blued View Post
    Andy Schleck has burned like 12 calories so far in this tour...
    His team's in good shape too. It's been a pretty quiet week for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
    His team's in good shape too. It's been a pretty quiet week for him.
    My first reaction was to tell you that you spelled "weak" wrong.

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    Interesting video that Twitter helped me find. Apparently no one knows what happened to Chris Horner, including Chris Horner.

    http://video.bicycling.com/video/Chr...-Stage-7-Crash

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    real shame for wiggins, he was in good shape and it looked in the dauphine as if sky had got their act together and knew how to ride for him in the mountains. And having waited for him the whole team lost time.

    Another textbook exhibition from cavendish, though. I no longer have any doubt that he's the best sprinter since eddy merckx i've seen in almost forty years of following road racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesDiablesRouge View Post
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    Lol. No, Cavendish is a better sprinter than Merckx. The question is whether he could have got close enough to Merckx for that to be relevant...
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