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Sunday, July 5, 2009

A bunch sprint or I’ll eat my chamois - Stage 2 – Monaco to Brignoles – 187km

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The stage begins with a Category 3 climb up La Turbie and a descent into Nice once the top is reached at the 8.5km mark so expect an early breakaway by French riders. These guys won’t stay away for too long after the series of Category 4 hills finish around the 129km mark. There’s 35 points on offer at the end of this stage, so the breakaway will be caught. Sprint points are also available at Nice on the Promenade Des Anglais,Fayence and at Lorgues with 49kms to go. Some people think a rider like Sanchez might break and stay away, but the sprinters and their lead out men are champing at the bit. Watch the GC contenders as they get a bit nervy on the downhill to Nice and along the sun soaked tar, especially Lance who’s apparently now scared of the peloton.
Cav for the win. But don’t discount an angry Boonen.

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