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Old 07-06-12, 03:33 PM   #1
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2012 TdF - Stage 13 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux → Le Cap d’Agde - Saturday July 14



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Old 07-09-12, 02:16 PM   #2
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cav...i think he gets it right here....provided he's still in the race. if not, going with greipel.
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Sagan. Liquigas is going to want to push the pace up Mont Saint-Clair to dislodge as many sprinters as possible. Sky isn't going to wait for Cavendish to get over the climb & pull him back up to the front.
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The last Few Kms look to be over a sandspit. Totally exposed and I'd think no too wide a road. Things could break apart into many small groups depending on the wind.

If it breaks right so both Sprinters and guys with GC hopes are fighing for time or keeping/colosing the gaps between groups this could be a very interesting stage.
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Forecast says wind from the NW at 10 to 20. So, the riders will get a good tailwind to push them to the finish. I don't know if Cav has the legs to win after the Alps and because he's not really in contention for the Green Jersey he'll probably be saving himself for the Olympics. It'll be Sagan vs. Goss at the end (flip a coin).
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Jesus if Cav wins this following on from Millar yesterday and with Sky first and second in GC....well helluva day for the Brits, what?

Cav knows what to do; follow the Greenedge train.

Anyone for Tyler? Anyone? Thought not.
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I'm looking for Chavanel in the breakaway.
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Is it going to be an all-French breakaway?
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Greipel. Nice to see the yellow jersey working for a teammate, Wiggo showing a bit of class in every sense, there.
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Greipel. Nice to see the yellow jersey working for a teammate, Wiggo showing a bit of class in every sense, there.
Great to see wiggo with class
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where was Cav?


Great sprint and again, experience wins the race. Greipel did a perfectly timed "poke" as he called it lunging just as he passed the line. Sagan lunged too late, after the line. With no lunge Greipel still wins but by an inch. I seriously thought Sagan would nip him at the line. Way to go Greipel.

Live and learn Sagan, next year you'll be wiser.
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Wow, Wiggins is making this look like childs play.

When everybody around him is out of there seats and mashing the pedals to keep pace, he doesn't even have to bother as he stays in that awkward seating style of his. He rarely seems to come up out of his saddle all race! Really strong riding. His style of riding is tough to watch, at least for me with that flat back, straight armed look, but it obviously works for him. He is so much better than the rest of the field this season that he can even be the lead-out for another rider while wearing yellow! He really showed me something today.

Sky certainly looks unstoppable now...
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where was Cav?
Sky has basically abandoned Cav this year. The effects of that lack of support are already apparent in the stage wins and points.

I expect half the reason he's putting up with it is because he supports the team, and the other half is because he's almost certainly focusing on the Olympics. I can't imagine he'd be thrilled with similar treatment next year.
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When everybody around him is out of there seats and mashing the pedals to keep pace, he doesn't even have to bother as he stays in that awkward seating style of his. He rarely seems to come up out of his saddle all race! Really strong riding. His style of riding is tough to watch, at least for me with that flat back, straight armed look, but it obviously works for him. He is so much better than the rest of the field this season that he can even be the lead-out for another rider while wearing yellow! He really showed me something today.
Is it that track background coming through?

I am curious how his lead out of Edvald developed; it looked like he was going too fast for EBH to even catch his wheel. Maybe it was that he moved to soon and EBH wasn't planning to go at that time. Still, way to be a team player!
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Sky has basically abandoned Cav this year. The effects of that lack of support are already apparent in the stage wins and points.

I expect half the reason he's putting up with it is because he supports the team, and the other half is because he's almost certainly focusing on the Olympics. I can't imagine he'd be thrilled with similar treatment next year.
The widespread assumption here is that the deal was done at the time he agreed to join Sky. To understand it one has to
grasp that Sky procycling and the British national team are now effectively a single entity - same management, same coaches etc. it was already clear that Wiggo and the rest would support Cav in last year's worlds. It will also have been agreed that Cav would get a team to support him in Milan San Remo and the Giro, and the Olympics. That is no small thing in one respect - Wiggo is undoubtedly compromising his own chances of gold in the Olympic TT by agreeing to bury himself for Cav in the RR. Unfortunately for Cav, things haven't worked out as planned. The other teams made Milan San Remo too hard for him, and Ferrari scuppered his chances of the points jersey in the Giro. But he will always have understood that he'd be a bit-part player in this year's TdF.
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still good to be on the winning team though. Also good to get in some real good rides in the pack as opposed to just training.
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Sky has basically abandoned Cav this year. The effects of that lack of support are already apparent in the stage wins and points.
While I don't dispute the basic premise, if he had made it over the climb today he would have been behind Boasson Hagen when Wiggins pulled off at the end.
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