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    Stage 3: Monday, July 4 198 km Olonne-sur-Mer → Redon

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    I'd love to see Tyler Farrar win this stage, on the 4th of July no less!
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    I can't think of a good Independence Day-related finish line salute... Maybe light Wiggins' British national champ jersey on fire as the Garmin train pulls past them?

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    Hard to bet against Cav on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
    Hard to bet against Cav on this one.
    Except he hasn't shown much lately. I guess we'll finally see if he is in good form or not this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
    Hard to bet against Cav on this one.
    While it is generally hard to bet against Cavendish on a sprint stage at the Tour, I'd still love to see Tyler win.
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    Hushovd was asked by a Norwegian reporter if he found it weird to ask a yellow and rainbow jersey wearer to do a leadout for Farrar.He answered as he had to that he did not mind doing his part for the team, that's how cycling is. It could be fun tomorrow if Garmin get's a good leadout train for Farrar ending with Hushovd in Yellow pulling the last leg.

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    The Cat 4 climb (not a joke):

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    Personally, I'll be rooting for Tyler to get his first TDF sprint victory. I don't think it's going to be a very exciting stage to watch until the very end, however I do think it could be a dangerous stage because of crashes. I would not be surprised if a few people were to lose time, or even if someone had to retire from the race because of injuries associated with a crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
    Hushovd was asked by a Norwegian reporter if he found it weird to ask a yellow and rainbow jersey wearer to do a leadout for Farrar.He answered as he had to that he did not mind doing his part for the team, that's how cycling is. It could be fun tomorrow if Garmin get's a good leadout train for Farrar ending with Hushovd in Yellow pulling the last leg.
    I love the God of Thunder, but he's not best suited to go head-to-head with Cav on a flat sprinter's stage. So I'll be rooting for Tyler, and if Thor helps launch a successful Farrar win, I'll be thrilled and I'll respect Thor even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
    The Cat 4 climb (not a joke):

    LOL! That's what Clearwater's "hill" for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship looked like. Of course, for the Ironman 70.3 they had to go over it SIX times (out and back on the bike course, and out and back twice on the run course).

    They've since moved the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to Colorado. I wonder why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
    The Cat 4 climb (not a joke):

    Fantastic!
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    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    I wonder if anyone can tell if stress is showing up in the Saxo ranks. Anyone know anything about any finger pointing because of Contador's position in the peloton as the crash happened in stage one?

    The GC effort has become such a team thing "ala lance" - that i wonder if it is as strong at Saxo as it was with the "L" teams......
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    I hope Thor/Farrar duo can pull off the win tomorrow over Cav. There are a LOT of other sprinters that want that win though, especially since there aren't too many super flat stages this year in the tour. Expect to see a horrifying last 5km with the big boys all fighting their way to the front and causing a handful of crashes. Whoever is in the right place at the right time will get the win.
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    i like cavendish, hope he wins....
    You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.

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    looking at the stage, there could be some crosswinds in the middle and end of the stage that dictate the day's results.
    personally hoping for vicious crosswinds to further muddle and obfuscate the first weeks gc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Cranium View Post
    I wonder if anyone can tell if stress is showing up in the Saxo ranks. Anyone know anything about any finger pointing because of Contador's position in the peloton as the crash happened in stage one?

    The GC effort has become such a team thing "ala lance" - that i wonder if it is as strong at Saxo as it was with the "L" teams......
    If you look at how the group was split only about 1/4 to 1/3 were in front of the crash Contador being right at the point of the split. Considering that the sprinters and lead out men were at the front along with other GC contenders, he wasn't so far back when the crash happened. Its easy in retrospect say he should have been right on Andy's wheel but staying there while sprint teams are jockeying looks a bit difficult and those (bike handling) skills are not what Contador is known for. At best I'd say he was behind six guys he shouldn't have been behind. Unfortunately it was four too many on that day.

    I believe most of the Saxo squad was put together for assisting in the mountain stages. Now if Cancellara had honored his contract (till the end of 2011) that might have been a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbit View Post
    i like cavendish, hope he wins....
    He's such a humble man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
    He's such a humble man.
    The kid's got a lot to be humble about

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollin View Post
    The kid's got a lot to be humble about
    Especially today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
    I'd love to see Tyler Farrar win this stage, on the 4th of July no less!
    you got your wish...
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    Fantastic.

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    kinda feel for Thor...
    sure he would have had a good chance
    at winning, were he not ridding for Farrar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat4Lifer View Post
    kinda feel for Thor...
    sure he would have had a good chance
    at winning, were he not ridding for Farrar.
    Well, he'll be wearing green tomorrow...win some, lose some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat4Lifer View Post
    kinda feel for Thor...
    sure he would have had a good chance
    at winning, were he not ridding for Farrar.
    He'll be riding for himself tomorrow with the uphill finish. Great win for Tyler on American Independence Day.

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