July 06, 2006
So what happened with Hushovd?
The first inkling I had of Thor Hushovd's relegation was at the end of last night's OLN coverage. For once, I'm glad that OLN kicks off every morning with a recap, as they isolated Hushovd's finishing sprint.
Before Julian Dean's fall, Hushovd came alongside Dean, his teammate, with Dean on his right. Bernard Eisel of Française des Jeux was trying to come around Hushovd on Thor's left, and Thor moved left, and as Eisel caught up, actually made contact with Eisel.
He continued the contact for 20 meters or so, including through a break in the barriers, and Eisel twisted hard to keep from catching the corner as the barriers picked back up.
Getting knocked back from 4th to 148th on the stage, and losing the attached 24 points will make it almost impossible for Hushovd to take the overall green jersey, as he did last year.
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