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I’m nearly 44 minutes down on GC already and my man Tyler Farrar crashed out last night. My luck isn’t quite as bad as Farrar’s, but my wounds run much deeper. I’m glad to hear that Farrar is okay but I have to appologise to him. This would have never happened if I didn’t jinx him with my tip.
Marcel Kittel, Koen de Kort and the rest of Skil Shimano were having a party last night after their big win. This was no beginner’s luck for Kittel, and no surprise for the rest of the team:
Woddy’s Stage 7 Tipping And Stage Writeup
Last night we had what could be considered the first full-on team train kick to the line in Talavera de la Reina. All the big kids were at the front trying to set up their boys: HTC, Sky, Leopard and Skil Shimano. In the end big Marcel Kittel (Skil Shimano) showed everyone that his recent run of form isn’t a flash in the pan. This team is setting the table for him perfectly on their run into the line and they are a Pro Continental team that are proving that they can set up the big locomotive to the line as good as anyone.
As an exclamation mark to the writing on the wall, Farrar and Golas tangled on the run into the line and came down hard bringing down several riders including Scarponi behind them. Watching it from above it looked like Farrar was trying to hit a gap as Golas came across to catch the same wheel. What can you say? Sometimes that’s sprinting.
Kittel held off a fast finishing Sagan with Freire close behind. A fantastic sprint to have two up and coming explosive riders just pipping thew old cagey El Gato.
This is the second consecutive stage that I’ve managed to tip a bloke who has crashed! Breschel and now Farrar! If you want to eat bitumen get on my wheel…Quite a few tippers selected Kittel so the stage winnings jackpot carries over to tonight’s stage.
Onto the overall GC and ‘Ash’ picking Kittel last night put him 52 seconds ahead of ‘AJS’ and 1:37 ahead of ‘Georgio Fripley’. Down the other end of the bus there are a few young fellas in the tipping wilderness. Already 40 odd minutes down! You need to all have a good hard look at yourselves fellas!
Where the real movement was last night was ‘AJS’ jumping into the lead with 73 points, 3 points ahead of ‘Dirty Unc’ on 70 points, and in third place is ‘Georgio Fripley’ with 68 points.
No movement in the KOM last night with ‘Georgio Fripley’ still in the jersey and living the ’69 Merckx dream.
Tonight’s stage is a biggie as it is the first one televised in Australia for this year’s Vuelta (11:30pm AEST on SBS)! It’s gonna be a great one too, with plenty of bumps on the stage profile to continually wear down the riders. The finish is at the top of a climb reminiscent of the climb into Valdepeñas de Jaén with a 28% ramp close to the finish. Again, look for your Igor Anton or Rodriguez to take the win here.
Stage 7 Results
1. Marcel Kittel, Skil-Shimano, 4:47:59
2. Peter Sagan, Liquigas-Cannondale, same time
3. Oscar Freire, Rabobank Cycling Team, s.t.
4. Daniele Bennati, Leopard-Trek, s.t.
5. Lloyd Mondory, Ag2r La Mondiale, s.t.
6. Juan Jose Haedo, Saxo Bank-Sungard, s.t.
7. Tom Veelers, Skil-Shimano, s.t.
8. Alessandro Petacchi, Lampre-ISD, s.t.
9. Enrico Gasparotto, Astana, s.t.
10. Leigh Howard, HTC-Highroad, s.t.
General Classification After Stage 7
1. Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step, 27:29:12
2. Daniel Moreno, Team Katusha, at 0:15
3. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 0:16
4. Joaquin Rodriguez, Team Katusha, at 0:23
5. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard-Trek, at 0:25
6. Fredrik Kessiakoff, Astana, at 0:41
7. Maxime Monfort, Leopard-Trek, at 0:44
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den, Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 0:49
9. Sergio Pardilla, Movistar, at 0:49
10. Marzio Bruseghin, Movistar, at 0:52
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