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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stage 5 Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan, 197 km

Who’s got the legs after yesterday’s time trial to turn this stage into a La Grand Motte windy de ja vu. Or if no one misses a possible split, who’ll have the legs to take a bunch sprint?

North westerly winds of about 20km/h are forecast for around the finish area. (Letour.fr has 30km/h though, I’m assuming it’s for Perps)

Other than the wind, there’s no real challenge. Col de Feuilla and Cote de Treilles don’t set the world on fire at 250m and 219m. Despite many riders being down on time and therefore might try a split, they’re on teams that didn’t have the legs or the nous for such a move before the time trial (except for Saxobank). And would such a move look even more obvious than Columbia’s?

My money’s on the conventional run into the end/bunch sprint. If so, it’s hard to go past Cav, but Hushovd got close the other day. How much is Columbia hurting? Could ‘Chav’ (Chavanel) try for a late breakaway in the last kilometres and stay away? C'mon Chav!

Sprint points out on the course at 40.5kms, 107.5kms, and 158.5.

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