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TDU stage 3 *Spoiler*

pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,043
edited January 2012 in Pro race
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-BigMat
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky

Greipel by half a wheel, puts him back in the ochre jersey.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Cleaning up. Huta still a great one.

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  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,145
    Was there another comedy lead out effort from Sky again?
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  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    ddraver wrote:
    Was there another comedy lead out effort from Sky again?

    Less the leadouts (which have been pretty dire) more the fact that Greipel looks like an absolute machine.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,782
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...

    With good cause, because the last time Greipel won loads of stages in the TdU he really put Cavendish to the sword when the real season began.

    Oh....
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  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    iainf72 wrote:
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...

    With good cause, because the last time Greipel won loads of stages in the TdU he really put Cavendish to the sword when the real season began.

    Oh....

    Yeah i see your point...however Greipel is looking rather 'Large' and the SKY train seem like a far cry from that of HTC so far
  • GazzaputtGazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...

    Same old same old.

    C'mon we've had this the past few seasons. All the doubts at the start of the season. I mean Cav hasn't even hasn't turned a pedal in anger and your worried?

    We'll see in September who's had the better season.

    I know my money will by on the manx man.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,690 Lives Here
    The sky train is ALWAYS comedy.

    Doesn't stop them winning the odd half-classic with it.
  • pitchshifterpitchshifter Posts: 1,476
  • yep, if Greipel can beat Hutarovich by half a wheel, Cav is presumably quaking in his boots.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,358
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...

    Jesus wept.

    The cyclocross season is still in full swing, ffs.
  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    haha, i think thats me on the back foot then...

    well we will see in a few months...that sky train not really working for EBH though...
  • I wouldn't be worried about the Sky train just yet. EBH is censored at following a lead out and usually bolts to early. Once Eisel and Cav are there to police the train it will be running much smoother.

    Greipel is looking on good form though
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,145
    cogidubnus wrote:
    Once Eisel and Cav are there to police the train it will be running much smoother.

    Hmm, I'm hoping they ll come in and lay the smack down on them in may/june to sort it out. Still it does make it more exciting...
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 18,633
    Griepel is looking mega, but it's only January, so he's peaking just in time to lose form for the start of the European campaign?...

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  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    cogidubnus wrote:
    Greipel is looking on good form though

    Yep, he's always been good in the censored small races (tm)
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    I'm getting worried about Cavendish to be honest...

    Why? Greipel isn't going to be able to sustain that form up to and during the Tour. Also, Cav is lean as a lean thing, so presuming he's lost no muscle mass, then he'll create less drag, his PWR will be higher so he'll be faster than last season.

    I am not concerned about Cav at all.
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    cogidubnus wrote:
    I wouldn't be worried about the Sky train just yet. EBH is censored at following a lead out and usually bolts to early. Once Eisel and Cav are there to police the train it will be running much smoother.

    He's also not a sprinter IMHO. I place him more in the Gilbert category. He should do well in the Classics when he's older.
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    andyp wrote:
    Jesus wept.

    The cyclocross season is still in full swing, ffs.

    We had the same comments at the start of last season and look what happened! ;)
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 18,633
    I reckon Cav is really going to hammer it for Ghent Wevelgem this year.
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  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,043
    That wasn't a Sky leadout train, it was a loose assembly of guys wearing the same kit.

    Greipel looked impressive when he put the power down but I don't think Cav will be quaking in his boots. If Sky are still a bit random come the Classics he's quite capable of hopping wheels of other teams to great effect....
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  • ProssPross Posts: 25,459
    There wasn't a lot wrong with the train, just EBH isn't quite as good a bunch finisher as Greipel (or Cav). Add to that Cav has proven he doesn't need a train to win, when he is riding in a train he gives them instruction and helps keep it in order and is that even a first choice Sky lead out train out there? I doubt he's too worried - make some other teams work in the last 30km for a change.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,774
    its good to see a team without the best sprinter making an effort instead of everyone freewheeling behind someone else. this is far from their best team too, and it's only january.
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  • Not sure how we can judge a season by first week. Sky always put a half decent train together last year and I don't really think the TdF train is at TdU. They have a fair old team of TTers, Team Pursuiters and sprinters they can mix and match to put a decent train together. You can bet Eisel and Siutsou will be in there and I would guess thomas or swift, maybe apollonio, would be in the last few spots for lead out.

    I am guessing races dominated by sprints may have 8 guys for a train but come TdF you gotta be thinking sky will be split down the middle say 5/4 sprint to gc duties.

    Anyways looking forward to seeing more of some of the other teams too soon. BMC, Rabo, Garmin, Nissan, OP Quickstep, Garmin. Super happy the season is back just need to catch more of the TdU
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    Come on, it's traditional to write Cav off before the season has really started.

    As for his lead out train I don't really see them being needed for MSR or Ghent Wevelgen, he'll be pretty much on his own in the finale. By the tour I'm sure they'll have had a bit of practise.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,145
    Not sure how we can judge a season by first week. Sky always put a half decent train together last year

    First, I must say I am a Team Sky Fan but where we watching the same races last year? Most of them were so shambolic as to be...well...comedy. The best is when Gerraint Thomas dissapears off the front of the peloton for 10 seconds then looks around with a dopey look on his face wondering where everyone else has gone. That or they'd be on the front with their sprinter in 100th place or something with all the other sprinter teams behind looking bemused as they waited for the inevitable moment when it all fell apart.

    Thank god for Garmin as they at least provided an alternative comedy lead out for a bit of balance...
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,145
    ^Australians should do more cycling coverage, it's so much more fun!
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