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Sagan won from a group of rouleurs. And Colbrelli. Top 10 on stage 5 consists of 6 rouleurs, 3 GC riders and one sort-of sprinter. The last sprinter to lose contact was Gaviria. Every other sprinter was leisurely trundling in with the gruppetto.
Sagan is not a sprinter? That's strange, I could have sworn I just saw him win yet another stage of the TdF by sprinting to victory.
Kittel probably doesn’t care one way or another either. He’s always struck me as remarkably self aware and self sufficient. Not the type to be in awe of anyone else.
I can assure you that Greipel does NOT have a poster of Cav on his wall - unless to throw darts at. Ewan and Gaviria however both cite Cav as an inspiration
Greipel used to be one of Cav’s leadout men. I don’t think they get on.
Cav is the top sprinter by definition, guys like Greipel, Gaviria, Groenewegen, Kittel or Sagan must have a poster of Cav in their rooms as an inspiration. I thing Gaviria is the one to beat nowadays and yesterday he showed how to kick a sprint twice when Greipel looked like taking the lead.
@34 I can’t recall Red Hare ever saying Sagan couldn’t sprint. He’s said Sagan is not a sprinter - which is a different thing altogether. Talks a lot of sense to me.@42 Chalieboy. Spot on. Cav’s head is not where he wants it to be. He missed the power sprint and then threw up his hand when Groenewegen cut in front of him. I’ll not write him off either though.
#35Merck failed far more than 3 doping tests. But in those days Merck could have pulled out a machinegun and shot the peloton and no-one would have said anything.
Well what do you know. Cav is, it turns out, one of only 23 riders (5 currently riding) to wear all three GT leaders jerseys. And one of two to have also won all three GT points jerseys. Although I’m tempted to exclude Jalabert.
Cav is one of the few cyclists you could say has won practically everything he could have won. Not taking the all time Tour stage wins record from the greatest of all time does not detract in any way from his palmarés.
@40. I would not write off Cav in terms of winning the odd stage before he retires. But cannot see him breaking the record. He has peaked. Too many younger guns about. More importantly in interviews i dont think he feels he can do it now. Yesterday the old Cav would have been up there. He was not even close. Yes he is an all time great. Goes without saying with 30 stage wins.
@33Add to that getting to the business end of Milan San Remo as a neo pro, and winning the points jersey in the Giro last year. This performance has been long in coming.
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