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So I’m back after a 2 night lay-off with a bit of a ‘lergy-talk about bad timing! Last night sounded like a brilliant finale (although Gilbert winning is hardly a surprise).
I can’t wait to see what happens next in this race-the Teams TT is on tonight, and consequently there are a bunch of teams who are riding for a chance to hold the yellow jersey. Gilbert holding on by 3s over Cadel, and 6s over at least one bloke from every other team that can put together a decent TT means that the boys will be putting it all on the line in the hope of holding the yellow jersey at the end of the day.
Or the polka dot (climbers) jersey, or the king of the mountains.
This is the jersey that is currently the least predictable of those up for grabs in the Tour, and also currently the least closely followed (this is perhaps untrue in non-Anglophone countries, but comparing the amount of coverage that Cav gets in his green jersey battles, as opposed to Anthony Charteau in his dotty battles, I don’t think so).
We’re into the final couple of days prior to the big show starting, and I reckon it’s time to throw my two cents into the prediction ring.
I’ll start with the green (or points) jersey-a jersey that two of the boys from Garmin have worn in the past two seasons, but which neither actually held. Wiggo and Millar both rode in the green jersey the day after the Prologue, yet neither was leading the points competition, which was lead by Fabian Cancellara, who happened to also be holding the yellow jersey, and so of course wore that on the day.
If the energy was up a week ago, things have gotten even more hyped for all of the teams headed to le Tour now.
Cyclists will have ridden themselves into or out of spots as the final places are essentially solidified based on a combination of form, usefulness to team goals and personality.
We’re approaching mid-June, and the cycling world in Europe is building to a frenzy of anticipation: three weeks ’til the Tour!
Most teams will have had five or six of their riders locked in as starters since before the season began, with only a badly-timed injury preventing big hitters like Thor Hushovd, Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Vande Velde from Garmin from starting.