Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Stage 5Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

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Why not a third for Orica-GreenEdge?

Sporting stakes02.07.2013Stage 5- Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

On the ferry from Calvi to Nice, Robbie McEwen and the manager of the team that had just won the third stage discussed the days ahead. “I remember the Gineste well,” said McEwen who is now a consultant for the Orica-GreenEdge team who, amongst other jobs, advises on tactics and offers tips to their team's sprinters. “It's not classified as a climb for the fifth stage but it can be good for Matt Goss.” Of course, his perspective is tainted by favouritism for his team but the profile of this long stage from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille calls out for a sprint finish. But, as McEwen reminded Shayne Bannan, “a few of the sprinters like Kittel could be eliminated by that last little rise.”
The stage is raced near the coast but far enough away for the sea breeze not to be as big a factor as it might have been.
Yes, it does suit Goss but there are others who are going to be ready for the col de la Gineste: Mark Cavendish missed out on a 24th stage win in Nice by just one second, André Greipel is speeding over hills like this with relative ease of late, John Degenkolb has the qualities to manage the gradient and the speed to finish off the job, and JJ Rojas has been so close so often that he might just be the surprise winner of the sprinters... if, of courses, it actually comes down to a bunch kick.

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