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Old 07-02-2013, 03:30 AM   #31
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Well done Orica GreenEDGE and Simon Gerrans picks up a stage win at Corsica. Great stuff.
Big effort by Simon Clarke, almost got over the top first.
Good onya fella's
Orica's tactics were spot on. Get a man in the break to take the mountain points, force the polka dot jersey to chase prior to the last climb to help burn off the real sprinters to open a chance for Gerrans. Then they got the run in to the finish and the lead out perfect.

Nick Gates got it right on the Fox discussion prior to the SBS coverage coming on - he called it for Sagan and Gerrans though he included Gilbert in the mix.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:40 PM   #32
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Gerrans in yellow...top job
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:14 AM   #33
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A great two nights tv.
Was great watching everyone fall short of Quickstep's time and then finally just at the end the Aussies break through for a Yellow jersey. Gerran's should cut the sleeves of and turn it into a wife beater
Next three days will be very interesting.
Go Aussies.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:06 AM   #34
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Two more good days for OGE. Defended Gerrans well yesterday then put the first South African ever into yellow this morning. Didn't look planned but Gerrans did his job in the train trying to get Goss up rather than working for himself.

Great job too by Lotto boys Adam Hansen then Greg Henderson getting Greipel in a position where Cavendish did not have a chance. Henderson might be a Kiwi - wash my mouth out with soap - but he is married to Katie Mactier so he sort of Australian.
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Looks like Cadel is blown with Foome and Porte putting 4 minutes into him on the first climbing stage. Can't see him pulling that back even with some good ITT form.

Great work from Sky doing enough to launch Foome yet still get Porte into second.

Clear that Orica GreenEDGE needs to find a sprinter. Goss doesn't have the top end speed to mix it with Cavendish and Greipel and just doesn't have enough sprinting smarts to get over the speed gap.


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Looks like Cadel is blown with Foome and Porte putting 4 minutes into him on the first climbing stage. Can't see him pulling that back even with some good ITT form.

Great work from Sky doing enough to launch Foome yet still get Porte into second.

Clear that Orica GreenEDGE needs to find a sprinter. Goss doesn't have the top end speed to mix it with Cavendish and Greipel and just doesn't have enough sprinting smarts to get over the speed gap.


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yep the lad from Lonnie has put cadel to the sword unfortunately. What a great climb and pulled second when it was safe to do so...

the next day in the mtns will be interesting
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Gotta wonder what Richie could have done had he not been setting tempo for Froome.

Looks like he is a real GC contender in the making.


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Old 07-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #38
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Gotta wonder what Richie could have done had he not been setting tempo for Froome.
He'd need someone setting the tempo for him ... actually more than one .. just like any of them.. it is a team race where only 'one wins'.
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He'd need someone setting the tempo for him ... actually more than one .. just like any of them.. it is a team race where only 'one wins'.
True...Like the commentators I thought Froome would work for Porte last night to give him a stage...but he still made it over in 5th.

Great stage to decide the top 5.

How good is Quintana going to be in the future
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Quintana will need to do a lot of work on his time trialling - that was always Schleck's weakness even when he was racing on......whatever it was....

Porte showed what he was capable of on stage 18 when he rode tempo for Froome then dropped off but was then able to bridge up to Froome's group, drop back to the car to get him a feed, climb back again and then pace him all the way to the line.

Certainly to win a rider needs a strong team to ride tempo into each climb and needs to have at least one team mate left into the finale. That was the problem Cadel faced - isolated. Look for Sky to repay Porte in next year's Giro.
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