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TdF Stage 2 Vise Tournai

July 4, 2012

It was all about the sprint. There has been plenty of chatter about how Cav will do in the sprints without a dedicated train compared to the strong Lotto, Green Edge and other teams with good sprinters. Well he certainly showed how great a sprinter he is. The last few years have been about a long HTC team with Cav at the end. This stage was about Cav hiding behind Greipel until the last few metres and then lunging to pass him by less than half a wheel. No support, no train, no lead out. His Sky team is almost all about Wiggins for the GC. Cav is left to do as best he can on his own, which is still better than everyone else.

The intermediate sprint was also interesting. A game of bluff where they were all looking at each other while sprinting to jockey for position. Cav doing enough to be ahead of Sagan, but not seeming to worry about Goss or Renshaw. Sagan will be a good bet for the green jersey. I don’t think he will win tomorrow, the race will be too hard over the lumpy finish. That will be more to the liking of Valverde, Gerrans, Gilbert or my pick – Chavanel.

It was a quiet day for GC. Interesting to see Evans so close to the front near the end and BMC driving the peleton so hard. They were obviously worried about the confusion amongst the sprint teams and the potential for crashes. Not often you see the GC favourite in second place in the pack on a flat stage though. Voeckler and Albasini lost a few seconds. Not really sure why but it seems to confirm earlier thoughts that they are not going for GC.

Chapeau to Martin and Leon Sanchez for toughing out the stage with broken hands. Hard men indeed. 

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