Stage 2: Obernay - Esch-sur-Alzette, 228.5 km

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  1. Ruud86

    Ruud86 New Member

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    Monday, July 3: Obernai - Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), 228.5 km

    It's a long day on Monday for the Tour de France peloton, as the race heads northwest towards Luxembourg with two Cat 3 cols in the first 50km.

    Who are the favorites for tomorow?

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  2. bobke

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    Probably a bunch sprint, but it could break up. The real fun will be the next day, when the course looks a bit like Amstel:

    O'Grady
    Boonen
    Valverde
    Freire
    Diluca if he werent sick and on antibiotics for prostate infection
    (can you IMAGINE riding at all much less the TdF in this condition)
    HINCAPIE
    Boogerd
    Horner

    Merckx for the long break
     
  3. Capt.Injury

    Capt.Injury New Member

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    I'll go for Schleck, since we are entering his home country, and CSC doesn't have the sole leader anymore, I think he will give it a strong go to pull off a win.
     
  4. bobke

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    Good call, obvious oversight he's on home turf and will give it his all.
     
  5. patch70

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    I can't see Boonen stuffing up two days in a row.
     
  6. Ruud86

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    It could be a good stage for maybe Óscar Freire.
     
  7. Ronaldo

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    Providing he recovers I'm hoping Hushovd will win. I put some money on him to win at least one stage of the tour and thought i'd collected on saturday until I saw that in the details of the bet that the prologue didn't count :mad:
     
  8. Endym

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    It's probably bunch sprint, but i don't understand how some call it flat stage.

    16.0km to finish is 1.9km 4.5% climb (4.cat)
    13.5km to finish is 1.4km 6.5% climb (4.cat)
    (It rises from ~170m to 410m in ~5km)
    5km to finish is uncategoriased climb (from profile it looks like it rises 80-90m)
    1-2km to finish is another bump (20-30m?)

    I think if we don't have escape by that time, surely some strong man will try to attack in final 10-15km.
     
  9. Orla_24

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    And it's Robbie...That man is a clever rider.

    Who was the rider than crashed?
     
  10. rejobako

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    Wasn't near a television to see the stage, but it sounds like Hushovd had a nice ride after yesterday's injury. To get back in yellow after all that red blood yesterday . . . well done. (Reports are McEwan may have crowded him at the line -- any truth to that?)
     
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    McEwan moved a little to the left as Hushovd was moving up, Hushovd panicked and pulled his left foot out. He looked mad at the line, pointing at McEwan. Still a good win for McEwan and Hushovd is back in yellow. I saw 2 SD guys go down earlier, but didn't see who went down inside the last 3km.
     
  12. Mansmind

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    He was crowded yes, but I don't think intentionally. McEwan looked like I've always seen him.. back wheel all over the place. Unfortunately, as it came left it got very near Thor's front wheel. Just racing from what I could tell.

    Of course, perhaps McEwan races that way to keep himself a wide path "as a rule".
     
  13. Orla_24

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    I didn't see any intentional pushing in any of the re-runs. I am not sure the expression Thor had on his face was anger, frankly I thought it was elation because he got yellow again. It did look like he was pointing at Robbie though.
     
  14. Dead Star

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    hmm, someone's cocked up their prediction I see :D.
     
  15. MJtje

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    So tomorrow Boogerd then......his favorite terrain;) :D No jokes about 2nd places.....:p
     
  16. DiabloScott

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    Bou-Bou?
     
  17. Airbrake

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    From Robbie Hunter's (PHO) website: (http://www.robbiehunter.net/diary.php5)

    "Well im sure all of you saw the crash today in the last 2km, lucky no time gaps were given as it happend under 3km to go. My team mate Grabsch was the first to hit the deck and just in front of me. When i saw him go down all i could do was lock it up as hard as possible and hope nobody hit me from behind with enough force to make me crash as well, which they never did.. thanks goodness."

    Personally, I think Hushovd was shouting at McEwan. Everything seemed to go wrong for him in the sprint and he just shouted to vent his spleen. Looks like it was soon forgotten though, I saw them having words and smiling soon after the race.

    Oh well, now he can boast that even with only one arm and one leg he can still come third in the sprint!
     
  18. Sarah23

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    Hushovd wasn't pointing or shouting at Robbie. His gesture was one of happiness too....He had just reclaimed the Yellow Jersey don't forget!!
     
  19. patch70

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    Actually I think he was pointing & shouting at Robbie but the two of them then went & watched the replay together and realised that there was nothing bad in the sprint. No ill feeling since then.
     
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