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July 08, 2004

Stage 5: 200.5 km Amiens-Chartres

Fairly straightforward stage for the sprinters. One 4th-category climb on the day, at about 70 kms. One possible gotcha is heavy crosswinds expected late in the stage, where it's possible the field could split, leaving some of the sprinters out of the lead group.

BBC Sport says the stage is well-suited to Alessandro Petacchi, and he's got to be just itching for a stage win; he hasn't even been that close yet this Tour. Robbie McEwen will also be looking for the stage win.

I'm still hoping for a successful break Bobke can use on Al Trautwig.

Starting Stage 5, it's:

m_jaune.gif Lance Armstrong (US Postal)

m_vert.gif Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo)

m_pois.gif Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Davitamon)

m_blanc.gifMatthias Kessler (T-Mobile)

Kessler is more than a minute ahead of former white jersey Fabian Cancellara.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 8, 2004 in Stage profiles | Permalink

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