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Today’s stage finish in Carmaux crucial for the green jersey

| Blog, News, ProCycling, The Spin | 12/07/2011 13:23pm

Today’s finish in Carmaux will be crucial for the green jersey competition as it pits puncheurs like Philippe Gilbert against Mark Cavendish and the other pure sprinters. Currently Gilbert leads the competition by 45 points from Movistar’s Jose Rojas. Mark Cavendish is third, 19 points behind Rojas.

Procycling has just driven the final 25kms. The two categorised climbs shouldn’t cause any splits but there are two 90-degree turns within the final kilometre, making it very technical. If Cavendish’s HTC-Highroad team want to deliver him to the line, their lead-out on the superfast run-in (it’s practically all down hill for the final 3kms) needs to be absolutely perfect.

If Cavendish scores the maximum 45 points today, he could be in green after tomorrow on the relatively straightforward sprint stage to Lavaur. But if he fluffs it and Gilbert collects around 26-30 points – a distinct possibility – the Manxman will have a real fight on his hands to stay in the running for the jersey in Paris. After today there are two, perhaps three opportunities left where Cav could score big – Montpellier, the Champs Elysees and maybe into Gap on stage 16.  Gilbert and Rojas, let us not forget are far superior climbers to Cavendish and its likely they will be able to nip over early cols to pick up points at the intermediate sprints.

As we predicted before the race started, the green jersey is developing into a fascinating competition, pitting wildly different riders against each other.

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