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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Final word on Gerro

I read Anthony Tan's blog at tdf.sbs.com.au/tdf2009 this morning and it looks like I should've explored my earlier notion that it was probably the Team Time Trial that Cervelo based their Gerrans non selection on. This from the blog:

(Brett) Lancaster added that Sastre brought a bunch of big guys – well, big by cycling standards – because of the Montpellier team time trial on Stage 4, where the maximum three-minute deficit rule no longer applies; that is, there is no upper limit on the amount of time lost. Sastre, a pure climber by nature, can hold his own in the mountains. But in a situation like the TTT, and over a difficult 39-kilometre hilly and undulating parcours like the one they will face on Tuesday, July 7, the Spaniard will need all the help he can get.

I still think Gerro's omission could be a mistake, but this makes a bit more sense.

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