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Monday, July 6, 2009

All aboard the Colombia train! Woo woo…

(from AP - I’m probably breaching copyright laws, but I don’t care….have a look at Cav!!! )
"It's beautiful to be wearing the green jersey… and it's a beautiful moment for me." 24 year old Isle of Man sprint sensation Mark Cavendish after last night’s stage

Of course stage 2 was going to end like it did- and it was beautiful to watch. And if the perfectly executed stage win was anything to go by, the Colombia-HTC train looks to be right “on track” to dominate the sprints.

With about 40kms to go, Colombia-HTC began seriously pulling their weight out front with Saxo Bank to peg back what at that time was a 4:30 lead by the breakaway. Almost immediately it dropped to 4 mins, the group ultimately swallowed up with about 10kms to go.

Despite much violent jostling among the sprint teams of Katusha, Lampre, Cervelo and BBox, Colombia-HTC kept its spot at the front with Mick Rogers surprisingly setting the tempo for Australia’s Renshaw and Cavendish. He peeled off with about 800m to go then Renshaw had his turn and Cavendish did the rest.

Cav comfortably beat home Tyler Farrar (Garmin), Romain Feillu (Agritubel), Thor Husovd (CTT) and Japan’s Yukiya Arashiro (BBO).

Other happenings:

  • Finland's Jussi Veikkanen, Dutchman Stef Clement and Frenchmen Stephane Auge and Cyril Dessel broke away early establishing a maximum lead of 5 mins.
  • Veikannen took the Polka Dot Jersey (King of the Mountains) after gaining all but Tony Martin’s points out on the course, finally securing it after the Col de l’Ange.
  • Sprint surprises – Feillu! Arashiro almost beating Thor.
  • I woke this morning to see many news outlets/respected cycling press asking “where was Boonen” in the bunch sprint. Ah der, if you watched the coverage there was quite a clear helicopter shot above the peloton of the Belgian coloured jersey riding around the crash with 750m to go. Some outlets finally started picking up the AFP report about it a couple of hours ago.
  • Frank Schleck took a tumble. Despite this, Saxo Bank had a blinder up the front with Stuey O’Grady, Arvesen and Voigt ensuring yellow clad Cancellara wasn’t taxed and Andy Schleck saved for the mountains.
  • "One of the Skil riders took his hands off the handlebars and actually hit me. That's a dangerous thing to do to hit a contender for the sprint and I will be finding out later what it was all about," said Cavendish.
  • Rogers keeping the tempo was a little puzzling and that’s because I don’t want what Phil/Paul said to be true. They said he seems to have given up on his GC objective after losing that much time in the TT yesterday. I don’t know, I think he loves to ride fast for the team and Cav. Either way, I love him.
  • According to @CadelOfficial (Twitter) Lance didn’t tweet from the peloton but he did from the shower.

SBS coverage – there has been some really good interviews and preludes– check them out www.sbs.com.au/tdf how about Matty Lloyd and how excited he is?!

STAGE 2 RESULTS 1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) 4hr30min02sec 2. Tyler Farrar (US) same time 3. Roman Feillu (Fra) s/t 4. Thor Hushovd (Nor) s/t 5. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) s/t

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION 1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) 4:49min34sec 2. Alberto Contador (Spa) +18sec 3. Brad Wiggins (GBr) +19 4. Andreas Kloden (Ger) +22 5. Cadel Evans (Aus) +23 6. Levi Leipheimer (US) +30 7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) +32 8. Tony Martin (Ger) +33 9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) +37 10. Lance Armstrong (US) +40

SPRINTERS STANDINGS 1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) 35pts 2. Tyler Farrar (US) 30pts 3. Roman Feillu (Fra) 26pts

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS STANDINGS Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) 9pts Tony Martin (Ger) 6pts Cyril Dessel (Fra) 5pts

Oops sorry guys, Rogers led out with a few kms to go then he stepped aside, it was Hincapie who peeled off with 800m to go...just had to check the footage again and again....they were going soooo damn fast.... Kinda makes my Boonen comment look hypocritical, I apologise.

1 comment:

  1. Oops sorry guys, I think Rogers led out with a few kms to go, then Hincapie peeled off, then Renshaw...they were going soooo damn fast..i'm looking at the footage again will let you know

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