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Jambon Awards: Tour Stage 8
By Locutus
Date: 7/14/2002
Jambon Awards: Tour Stage 8
Ham-Gazers of the Day:
  • Team Telekom. Why didn't they and Lotto-Adecco come to the front and help AG2r Prevoyance chase down the breakaways towards the end? They're not saving their energy for the upcoming stages...tomorrow is a time-trial, and Tuesday is a rest day, they have no GC contenders, so there was no reason for them to simply sit on today. Both Telekom and Lotto did send some men up the road early, but seemed to pack it in once the final breakaway got a decent lead. They must have felt the two Cat 4 climbs near the end would be too much for them to control the race for their sprinters. Lotto's McEwen beat Telekom's Zabel in the two sprints that mattered for the Green Jersey today, but it wasn't enough to put the Aussie ahead of the German in the competition (Zabel now has 193 points, McEwen 191 points). Perhaps if they had closed down the gap to the breakaways, there would have been enough points on offer to do so.
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi. Again. Did they even try to send guys up the road today? There were some climbs towards the end that would have favored them. Oh well, guess they weren't big enough climbs for the Basque boys to bother yet.
Golden Hams of the Day:
  • Erik Dekker (3rd) and Karsten Kroon (1st), Rabobank. Dekker has fought back from his big injury and his early crashes to discover some good legs. He softened up the breakaway with his repeated and dogged attacks, yo-yo-ing off the back and the front repeatedly in the last several kilometers. He did the work to set up his young teammate Kroon for the victory, a glorious ride for the Rabos as their leader, Levi Leipheimer, rested in the peloton preparing for his time-trial showdown tomorrow with the big boys.
  • Servais Knaven, Domo-Farm Frites (2nd); Franck Renier, Bonjour (4th); Sebastien Hinault, Credit Agricole (5th); Stephane Auge, Jean Delatour (6th); Raivis Belohvosciks, Lampre (7th). The rest of the breakaways rode their hearts out, but were outmaneuvered by the two Rabos at the end. It seems like Renier in particular has been off the front like this for half the race.
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