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George is usually a bit slow on the weekends updating the results (probably has a life outside velogames?), but these results for the first 2 stages are really screwy, hopefully they will be sorted out tomorrow??
btw - I am not coming first, I think Gus is - rigged, redraw!!
That was one of the craziest finishes to a race Ive seen. Big crash 50metres out from the finish line of Stage 3. Cavendish gets caught up in the wheel of another rider which also involves Taylor Phinney who looks in doubt to continue. Thank goodness its a rest day tomorrow. On a positive note Matty Goss comes through with a stage win. Im glad I picked him in my tips. :-)
Yep... And the instigator, Ferrari, is in my Fantasy League side. Damn it!
Interesting, I shot putted from 2nd to last to third on the table with the tips. Kind of glad I picked Gossy as one of my sprinters. :-D
What happened to the stage-by-stage commentary Gus?
I'm up to my eyeballs in shipping winter kit! and a new iphone to play with...
I'll make you admin to add the scores...
What you have missed so far:
Stage 1 - a 8.7km prologue around the streets of Herning, Bjarne Riis' hometown, won by Taylor Phinney. He is the third American to wear the maglia rosa after Christian Vandevelde and Andy Hampsten. Geraint Thomas and Alex Rasmussen rounded out the podium. Most of the GC hopefuls Hesjedal at 29s, Kreuziger at 36s, Basso at 39s, Rodriguez at 43s, SchleckF at 59s, Cunego at 63s, put a bit of time into a disapponting defending champion Scarponi at 66s. Is this an early omen of Michele's form? We'll see??
Stage 2 - a 206km flat as flat stage Herning to Herning saw a pretty easy win by Mark Cavendish after a crash in the peloton took out about 150 riders. Matt Goss was second in a replay of the World Champonships, but Geoffrey Soupe was not reading that script and came a surpise third. After losing his chain 8km from the finish after a crash, and getting caught behind the finishing straight crash, Taylor Phinney still managed to retain the maglia rosa.
No scoreboard after the first 2 stages.
Stage 3 - another 190km flat stage Horsens to Horsens, saw another major crash in the finishing straight. Roberto Ferrari, not really caring what was happening behind him rode from one side of the road to the other wiping out about 15 riders including Cavendish and Phinney. Matt Goss probably was not going to be beaten anyway, but I'm sure he won't give back GreenEDGE's first Grand Tour win. Taylor Phinney was the last rider over the finish line, but still retained the maglia rosa, but he might have to do the TTT in a wheelchair bike?
After the first 3 stages the top of the table looks like this:
|2||Shut Up Legs!||TrentB||736|
|4||Kaxxp`s Giro Grinders||Kaxxp||678|
... and the bottom of the table looks like this:
|19||Omega Pharma-CHRIS Step||Chris||219|
|20||The largely unpronouncable||Tiny Avenger||213|
|21||The Team of Broken Saddles||Virginia||168|
Excellent work at either end of the table by Simon and Virginia. Too hard to make GC predictions at this early stage, the outright winner could be hiding in the pack ready to pounce!
Garmin-Barracuda took out the 32km Stage 4 Team Time Trial around Verona putting Ramunas Navardauskas into the maglia rosa. Katusha and Astana filled out the podium. This pushed Joachim Rodriguez a little bit closer to the maglia rosa, but Hesjedal is the most likely GC contender to next pull on the pink.
No scoreboard update after Stage 4 on Velogames.
Mark Cavendish has been bringing himself almost to tears scrubbing his wounds at night, and tweeted overnight he needed to #manthefuckup! Well he certainly did on the 199km flattish Stage 5 Modeno to Fano, taking a good win over Matt Goss (who lost his lead-out train in the last corner) and Daniele Bennati. The peloton seems to be sorting itself out now they are back in Italy, with no major crashes thankfully this stage. Navardauskas is still in the pink, and Gossy retains the maglia rossa.
The top of the leaderboard after Stage 5 looks like this:
|2||Shut Up Legs!||TrentB||1127|
|3||YoungSam Racing||Sam Young||1046|
... and the bottom looks like this:
|20||Team MK rollers||MattK||382|
|21||The Team of Broken Saddles||Virginia||216|
Gironimo is 56th overall, which is pretty good going, but is not creating huge gaps in our comp, while at the other end The Team of Broken Saddles is already tightening it's grasp on the Maglia Nero, but making Barbados proud nevertheless.
I feel somewhat more comfortable about it now they are actually in Italy! Cav is on fire, he must have a nanny to help out with the new baby.
I thought I would be at the bottom of the ladder, and am very surprised to be anywhere near the top 5 let alone in the top 5.
The bloke has heart. Good on him, he is doing well. Will be interesting to see if this form continues for the TDF and Olympics.