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Tour de France 2010: Stage 12: Vinokourov, Hushovd, Farrar

Posted by bikezilla on July 16, 2010


After riding for ten stages with a broken wrist and challenging for the win in most of the sprints he was in during that time, Tyler Farrar (Garmin) finally gave in to the pain and quit this year’s Tour.

An absolutely amazing and gracious rider, he’s the third from Garmin this Tour to be forced to quit due to broken bones (Christian Vande Velde, Robert Hunter).

I wonder if the tussle with HTC’s Mark Renshaw was responsible for aggravating Tyler’s injury. I tweeted Jonathan Vaughters about that, but he hasn’t answered and I don’t really expect him to. If he does, I’ll post it here as an update.

*UPDATE: @Vaughters said: “not at all…. Just related to stage 2… Still…” END UPDAT

Unlike his rivals, Cervelo’s Thor Hushovd isn’t playing a one dimensional game in his fight for the Green (sprinters) Jersey, which he won back today. Thor’s playing the full gamut, collecting points for the intermediate sprints as well as the final sprints, earning the Green like no one else is willing to do.

That means that he’s putting himself out there during stages, like today’s, where the other sprinters are taking it easy, riding in the back to recuperate in advance of the next expected big sprint finish.

Now if he just had a leadout maybe he could make Cav cry (more).

Astana’s (former) dope sucking bas****, Alexandre Vinokourov, has developed a real talent for breaking at the inopportune moment. He did it at the Giro and he did it again today.

I think he was a decoy today. He was supposed to make Andy Schleck think that Alberto Contador (Astana) wouldn’t jump while Vino was attempting the stage win. It worked.

And I’m sure that if Vino had held, that he WOULD have been gifted the win, just as Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez eventually was as a reward for helping Alberto on is break.

But Vino didn’t hold and it isn’t reasonable to expect Alberto to sacrifice this crucial gain of ten seconds on Andy to prevent any Vino any hurt feelings.


2 Responses to “Tour de France 2010: Stage 12: Vinokourov, Hushovd, Farrar”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tom, Tom. Tom said: Tour de France 2010: Stage 12: Vinokourov, Hushovd, Farrar: […]

  2. antibikezilla said

    Your post just shows how little you know about cycling

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