Haha incredible stuff from HTC Columbia, it's like a ****ing TTT here, all 9 at the front. Great work.
Dutch commentators got slightly enthousiastic when they figured out that both Thomas and BH were in the 2nd peloton, as it meant that Robert Gesink would hold they White Jersey. But they never even tried tried to figure out if the two of them were simply behind the break in the peloton, or possibly were waiting for their #1.
However, it should be said that the usual tactic is to get on, and fall back later, if there is any need to. Also, Wiggans was alone during the moments of decision to get on the bike again. At one point he really tried to get on his bike again! Whereas any half-experienced cycling fan could tell you with the certainty of a professional medical doctor he had a broken shoulder bone (clavicle, I had to look that up.....).
Too bad, he looked very very good.
Anyway, The Tour waits for no one! Impressive job by the HTC team and a good finish by Cavendish
There's the potential for it to be a very interesting stage tomorrow, what with the hills towards the end. Expecting a relatively large shakeup in GC. Surley Hushovd can't pull this off?
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WTF Hakon it's his first tour and he's 23.
Smashing effort from Hushovd, great stuff to see a sprinter stick it to all of the GC riders and hold onto the yellow jersey. Should be interesting to see how long he can keep it up, has hardly looked troubled by the mountains so far.
Another great effort from Rui Costa, alway nice to see someone win a stage after leading it for 185km,
I reckon tomorrow must be the stage in which Hushovd can't stay in touch anymore. He must be shattered!
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the breakway just got run over
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Yeah, that was ridiculous. Poor Hoogaland went from top to bottom because of some random idiot in a TV car. Probably wont even get to where the polka dot jersey.
Well, Johnny Hoogerland made it!
But what a freak day! Van den Broeck, Vinokourov, Zabrisky, Willems... all out with broken bones. And then this lunatic taking out Flecha and Hoogerland, the latter ending up as a rolled roast in the barbed wire....
Just saw Johnny at the price ceremony...... In pain and in tears.
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Dutch commentary, but who cares......
Can't believe how old Vinokourov is, thought he was much, much younger than 37.
Just seen the video of what happened today. Am very angry.
The Tour is hard enough as it is without some ****head driver pissing about on the road and knocking people into barbed wire fences. Disgraceful stuff, hopefully he'll get sued by the teams, felt so bad for Hoogerland.
Hoogerland himself was pretty mild, stating that the driver probably did not do this on purpose...
As bad as it is, it does have a side to it. Johnny Hoogerland has been lifted to hero status!
That's what your arse looks like after being smashed into barbed wire at 35 mph:
And that's your face when you HAVE to get to the pricing ceremony first, before you can get to a hospital to get 33 !!! stiches.
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