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    Race for the Green Jersey

    After today's stage Cavendish is just barely holding on to the green jersey. It's like I predicted that Thor would end up in green and Cav has nothing in uphill and technical sprints. All it takes is Cavendish to be out of another sprint and Thor will take it. Just goes to show the green isn't about the guy who wins the most sprints, but is consistently in the top of the pack for sprints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDon
    Just goes to show the green isn't about the guy who wins the most sprints, but is consistently in the top of the pack for sprints.
    You are so right. For all the spectacle of Cav's wins, he's just barely hanging on to the lead.

    This is what makes the Green Jersey special. The winner has to animate the race right up to the last day.Remember McEwen and Cooke leaning on each other as they crossed the line in Paris in 2003?

    Now polka dots, not so special, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSR
    Remember McEwen and Cooke leaning on each other as they crossed the line in Paris in 2003?
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    That was an epic battle for green and an epic sprint on the champs

    Edit: the name of the guy who took that sprint in front of Robbie and Baden as they clashed escapes me

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    I predicted that Cav would win today. I was wrong.
    I predict he'll win the Green Jersey. I can't be wrong twice can I? ;-)

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    I predict Cav will not be in green tomorrow. Not a terribly difficult prediction when all of tomorrow's intermediate sprints are on uphills.

    I have my doubts about Cav making it to Paris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgy
    I predict Cav will not be in green tomorrow. Not a terribly difficult prediction when all of tomorrow's intermediate sprints are on uphills.

    I have my doubts about Cav making it to Paris.
    not sure you will see thor punch it on those climbs either.....
    Who would fight to avoid a group of nobodies in the GC go up the road? not cervelo who is protecting sastre
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker
    not sure you will see thor punch it on those climbs either.....
    Who would fight to avoid a group of nobodies in the GC go up the road? not cervelo who is protecting sastre
    Yea, you're probably right. But two lousy stinkin' points.

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    Farrar is hurting after today's crash. The team says that none of his ribs are broken but that's gotta affect things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker
    not sure you will see thor punch it on those climbs either.....
    Who would fight to avoid a group of nobodies in the GC go up the road? not cervelo who is protecting sastre
    Even with a break, there may be points left for the peleton to fight over. It certainly won't be the same effort or drama as if there is no break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSR
    Remember McEwen and Cooke leaning on each other as they crossed the line in Paris in 2003?


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    I hope Cav makes it to Paris and is challenging for the Green Jersey; would be way cool if it came down to the last day say against Thor (Thor will smash!).

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    Lance already has the green won.


    In the extremely slim chance I am wrong, Thor looks like runner up. He is a past winner and no one else that is close has the experience or speed. Friere is outside possibility. Cavendish may make it to Paris but he will lose too much on moderate stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristatos
    That was an epic battle for green and an epic sprint on the champs

    Edit: the name of the guy who took that sprint in front of Robbie and Baden as they clashed escapes me
    Wasn't it the french sprinter? can't remember his name either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilasCL
    Wasn't it the french sprinter? can't remember his name either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DZfan14
    Farrar is hurting after today's crash. The team says that none of his ribs are broken but that's gotta affect things.

    I missed today's race but heard about him crashing. Did he go down in the Boonen pile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    Even with a break, there may be points left for the peleton to fight over. It certainly won't be the same effort or drama as if there is no break.
    there are points to top 3 at the intermediate sprints. I doubt Thor will break top 30 at the finish line.
    Blows your hair back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saird


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    Nice pic, Saird! Aftger 21 days in the saddle they looked like two drunken sailors on a Saturday night. Classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldEndicottHiway
    I missed today's race but heard about him crashing. Did he go down in the Boonen pile?
    No. He went down in the Mick Rogers pile. Rogers was bleeding a fair bit around the shorts and looked really shaken up, but Farrar hopped up and jumped back on the bike, looking as though nothing was wrong besides a little road rash.
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    yep farrar looked fine, haussler looked average, rogers looked terrible (i doubt he will finish the tour)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance
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    Yeah that's it. Probably didn't remember as I don't think he did much ever after that.

    Boonen is definitely the man to beat in the tattered jersey competition this year. He hit the deck again today.

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    WELL DONE HUSHOVD... he leading by 5 points for the green jesey over cav.. wad a great comeback for him.. he climbed well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by j3fri
    WELL DONE HUSHOVD... he leading by 5 points for the green jesey over cav.. wad a great comeback for him.. he climbed well..
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    Green goes to Steady Eddie/Jack of All Trades all rounders.
    This is Cav's weakness, he just isn't a strong enough climber.
    When he's older and has lost his speed, he can re-invent himself and develop into more of an all rounder - for now stage wins are all that matter to him.
    Thor probably has him beat in the race for Green.

    At the end of this Tour, both will go home happy.

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    Yesterday, Thor conceded the Green to Cav on Versus. I think he is worried that there are not enough hard stages this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albert owen
    Green goes to Steady Eddie/Jack of All Trades all rounders.
    This is Cav's weakness, he just isn't a strong enough climber.
    When he's older and has lost his speed, he can re-invent himself and develop into more of an all rounder - for now stage wins are all that matter to him.
    Thor probably has him beat in the race for Green.

    At the end of this Tour, both will go home happy.

    Yep... Tomorrow and Paris are Cav's last chances to take back and hold onto the green. With the Alps Thor might actually have the better shot which is amazing considering how many stages Cav has and might win. This Tour seems to feature an unusually high number of flat stages that favor Cav so if he can't be in green in Paris I'm not sure that he ever will unless he becomes more of an all around racer like you mentioned.

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