I kinda believe what they say at Columbia. Cav was left with only Renshaw too far from the finish. That was more than the two of them could handle. Zabel said they realize they train is not nearly as good as last year and it's up to them to find out the winning formula. I think Cav have to rely on other big names. Renshaw has to put his wheel on Petacchi and then start the sprint closer to the finish line.
I won't consider Cav till tomorrow. Another loss today will mean his odds will come out to around 4-5, surely. Then I will unload him. If it's true what Zabel says, then it may take another day to work out a winning formula.
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"Cav got a terrible lead out today....the lampre who went early distracted renshaw who took it up with a km to go as a result he ran out of gas early due to this meaning Cavendish had to slow down, on last years form you would expect him to take it but no, very good tactics from Lampre absolute full marks!"
That was the stage imo. It was Hondo from Lampre he did it with 1200m to go. That move got rid of Eisel and made Renshaw go way too early.
Cav didn't even bother contesting the sprint. At least give it a go and get your legs moving at a fast pace ready for tomorrow. If he contested it, I may have thought about backing him. He sat up and had a cry. I'm not touching him at all.
Did you see the article on Belgian site sporza, Bolar? After the finish Cavendish was frustrated, threw his bike then threw his helmet out of the team bus. Monfort and one Columbia director both said he had problems with his bike.