Tour De France Stage 5 Rouen - Saint Quentin

06/07/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

 

Stage 5 was 196.5km from Rouen – St Quentin.  I could leave it there because absolutely nothing happened. The highlight of the stage for me was when my Dad rang me to tell me how pissed off he was with team Sky.  He thought it was an outrage that a world champion like Mark Cavendish was being let down by his own team. “The stage should have been a walk in the park for Cav and the same the day before” he said. You know what, he was absolutely right.

The idea of building the team around Wiggo is ok, but I’m not sure how flexible their plan is. I think Cav should have indeed taken the 2 stages and I don’t think he would have crashed on stage 4 if the support had been there for him, because it would have meant he would have been up front in the train and out of the danger zone.

Maybe they do have a flexible approach to the stages, but if they have, I can’t see it. On these sprinters stages where he has by far the best chance of winning they should be all over him taking him up to the front, ready to do the business. After the stage, one chap in the studio said that he thought sky had done very well that day, their train was working well and they had a number of people up front. What a load of poo, they had a train going but it didn’t do the job because they didn’t catch the breakaway in time and they could have easily. So Cav had way too much ground to make up on his own again, and ran out of legs,  finishing 5th.

Sorry for being Mr Doom and gloom again, you have no idea how much I love the Tour but so far it has been pretty dire for me. I thought this was supposed to be a race. Yesterday’s stage was mostly sub 38kph. Again on the Sky commentary one guy tweeted “why don’t you show the stage from the start “. They openly said, because there would be nothing to talk about as nothing has happened. They then went on to show highlights of the 96 stage into St Quentin and to discuss, how Vimto and Tizer came about, unbelievable.

While I’m on the subject where are all the big names of the sport hiding, Thor Hushovd, Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali and Bradley Wiggins. These guys are some of the stars and we haven’t really seen them do anything, again the only ones we’ve seen were Fabian Cancellara who done his bit in the time trial and Cav who has done  his best unsupported.

I really hope that the rest of the race is a bit better. I don’t blame the riders by the way, I blame the race organisers. All the riders in the peloton are there by right and they do an unbelievably hard job, so let’s give them the race they deserve. With any luck we will start to see some proper racing soon.

Here are the results from yesterday’s stage,

1.

GREIPEL A.

LTB

04h 41' 30''

2.

GOSS M.

OGE

00' 00''

3.

HAEDO J.

STB

00' 00''

4.

DUMOULIN S.

COF

00' 00''

5.

CAVENDISH M.

SKY

00' 00''

6.

VEELERS T.

ARG

00' 00''

7.

FREIRE O.

KAT

00' 00''

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