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July 14, 2005

Green jersey competition heats up with de-Boonen

ESPN.com | Aussies to fight Hushovd for green jersey

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Thor's 1st green jersey
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With Tom Boonen's withdrawal, the points competition is wide open. Credit Agricole's thunder god Thor Hushovd, with 142 points, leads Stuart O'Grady of Cofidis, with 120, and Davitamon-Lotto's Robbie McEwen, with 107.

McEwen already owns 2 overall green jersey wins, in 2001 and 2003, and says he's not out of the points race yet:

"I'm still in with a chance and I don't want to let those guys get a free run and take heaps of points every day and increase their lead," he said.

"On the hard days I want to try and hold the points difference. Maybe on the other days something will happen and I'll come right back into contention but unfortunately it's not always the fastest sprinter that wins the green jersey."

Tomorrow is a much flatter profile, but McEwen downplays his chances, suspecting another breakaway. There may not be another field sprint for a win until Paris, he thinks.

O'Grady says he'll take it if it comes, but he's really looking to find a break that he could take for a stage win:

"My first objective is to win a stage and then if I'm in the points leader's green jersey on the Champs Elysees, it'll be the cherry on the cake."

As for Hushovd, who will spend his first day ever in the green jersey tomorrow:

"I've got the green jersey and I'm going to do everything I can to keep it all the way to Paris but it's going to be very hard because Stuart O'Grady is riding very well and McEwen is very fast in the sprints," Hushovd told reporters.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 14, 2005 in Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady, Thor Hushovd | Permalink

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