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Old 06-30-11, 01:47 PM   #1
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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!
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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....
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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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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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i like cavendish, hope he wins....
He's such a humble man.
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The kid's got a lot to be humble about
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I'd love to see Tyler Farrar win this stage, on the 4th of July no less!
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kinda feel for Thor...
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at winning, were he not ridding for Farrar.
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kinda feel for Thor...
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at winning, were he not ridding for Farrar.
Well, he'll be wearing green tomorrow...win some, lose some?
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kinda feel for Thor...
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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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