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4 minutes ago, 'Dale said:

It is a very cautious conservation strategy, keeping Cav' out of the red as much as possible. Getting him to the eclipse the Merckx record and taking the maillot vert home is the ultimate strategy. It is likely that The Manx Missile will be offered an actual contract; I've read somewhere that he, more or less, covered his own costs to join the Wolfpack.

I think I heard somewhere that he has a "bonus only" contract where he doesn't have a salary but gets paid for wins. Maybe thats why he's suddenly performing so well 😂

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1 minute ago, Mountain Bru said:

Flip Woods could write a book on "how to attack too early". It seems every KOM sprint, Woods attacks with 350m to go, and then runs out of steam before he gets to the line

Has worked to a degree as he is now the virtual KOM at the moment. One climb left today and Poels is looking good. Hopefully we'll see a good battle between them not only for the KOM points but the stage win as well. Would be happpy if either one them wins today.

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Woods crashed. Got to chase back on. However seems to be okay though. Only 15 seconds behind. Reckon he'll catch the other leaders on the climb.

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Woods crashed on the "melting tar". (But they just said the temp is 25 deg C???).

He's not a strong descender though even at the best of times. I don't think he's a real threat for the stage today unless he opens a big gap before the last descent. 

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Mollema trying a long range attack. Good enough climber to stay away and good enough descender to get a win out of today. But as Rob Hatch and Sean Kelly has mentioned it might be because the group is a rather strong one with both climbing and descending, in general, and that he feels he needs a gap in order to best them. 

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8 minutes ago, Mountain Bru said:

Woods crashed on the "melting tar". (But they just said the temp is 25 deg C???).

He's not a strong descender though even at the best of times. I don't think he's a real threat for the stage today unless he opens a big gap before the last descent. 

In Europe they often have to relay tar in summer and winter. The reason is the tarmac can't cope with the huge temperature swing between the seasons. So in more outlying areas where roads aren't used as much they use a lower temperature range grade of bitumen because the issue of bitumen softening is only an issue for a few days or weeks of the year.

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Mollema getting a decent lead now. 1'09" for him on the chase group. They got to get organised if any of them are eyeing the win. 

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G Martin has jumped up to second in the virtual GC. Going to be interesting to see if EF and JV come and assist UAE to keep their riders on the podium for the time being.

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Looks like Sagan will be signing with Total Direct energy. Wonder if specialized would then be the new bike sponsor for them. I guess the brand has some money vested in him with the Sagan range they have.

Apparently Quickstep told him to rather sign somewhere else (actually think he approached them) because he comes with an entourage of about 20. Even has a social manager😆 The guy is like a rapper.....

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