TdF '13 St 5 Predictions, Race Discussion *spoilers OK* '13 Cagnes-sur-Mer>Marseille
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    TdF '13 St 5 Predictions, Race Discussion *spoilers OK* '13 Cagnes-sur-Mer>Marseille

    TdF Stage 5 Predictions, Race Discussion '13 Cagnes-sur-Mer>Marseille

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    228 km 138 miles

    Here, we are back to classic first-week tour: long rippling cruises meant to cover terrain, however slowly, toward Paris, shake out the real contenders, keep the many nations viewing, and to divide the good spoils among those who can only hope for the greater spoils.

    Currently, the riders are on those bike-like paddle boat thingies making their way from the island of Corsica to Nice/Cagnes-sur-Mer. Tomorrow morn, they will be ready to roll from Cagne-sur-Mer to Marseille.

    By my rule of thumb, the wind temds to be coming straight off the water for coastal locales. So, my guess is the run-in to Marseille will be into a headwind. Not the best set up for a rider who is leadingly just a sprinter. This looks like a job for Cavendish, if he wants to unleash the energy this early.

    He might - there is no Olympics to run off to this year.

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    Weather Marseille - meteoblue

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    I think you will see Pierre Rolland go for max mountain points, then someone like Gilbert winning.
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    Some teams are updating on Twitter already, prior to broadcast. This is from C'Dale: "first update on stage 5, after 40km we have 6 men ahead with 12'10" on the bunch"

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    sprinters want it, but chavanel gets a late birthday present. unless voeckler or gilbert go for glory, but i dont think its undulating enough for either to slip away.

    cavendish finally gets it on stage 6, completely destroying farrars hopes for a victorious 4th of july.
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    I didn't think Farrar was in this year?

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    should the peleton bother reeling in the breakaway? it will burn a lot of energy, and is not a sure bet for anyone getting a stage finish - the only sure benefit would be Gerrans / Orca holding on to yellow for yet another day.

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    no more climbing points up for grabs, and the break-away has broken up. if it were me, i would ease up and join the peleton. i know some teams love the camera time, though.

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    Looks like Cav has got his leadout men nicely primed..
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    Cav! Normal service has been resumed..
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    Now I'm off to bed..
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    Cav wins. Now, he is free to pick up his marbles and head home whenever he pleases - I still dislike him for riding hard, grabbing some palmares, then ditching the tour half-way thru, in 2008-

    Multiple stage winner Cavendish leaves Tour to focus on Olympics - Olympics - ESPN

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    He is a much different person than 2008. Didn't he finish the race in 2012 and still do the olympics? Man you hold a grudge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJay View Post
    Cav wins. Now, he is free to pick up his marbles and head home whenever he pleases - I still dislike him for riding hard, grabbing some palmares, then ditching the tour half-way thru, in 2008-

    Multiple stage winner Cavendish leaves Tour to focus on Olympics - Olympics - ESPN
    You must have been really chuffed that he didn't win a medal in Beijing. He has finished one or two Tours since then...but living back in 2008 you wouldn't know that.

    Now I'm off to bed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir duke View Post
    You must have been really chuffed that he didn't win a medal in Beijing. He has finished one or two Tours since then...but living back in 2008 you wouldn't know that.

    Now I'm off to bed..
    What is worse is those guys living back in 2005, still upset abt LA's lack of sportsmanship when he grabbed his 7th TdF.

    Now I am headed back to 2008 to go listen to me some Katy Perry. See y'all tomorrow.

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