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Robert Hunter’s stage 13: “Impey needs some anger in him”

July 15, 2012

Stage 13 of the Tour de France was 217 km from Saint-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d’Agde. Its categorize as a flat, and therefore great for the sprinters.


A sprinter’s day is what we all thought. But then thought Cadel Evans would rip the race to pieces on a small Cat 3 climb only 20kms from the finish.

Again- it was a basic start and the usual plan played out for most of the day.

Break goes, Sprinters teams control, then a sprint. Only problem was nobody was expecting the climb to be so hard.

After 8 riders got a gap, Orica took the race into their hands and made sure it was going to be brought back for Mathew Goss. They controlled all day and in the last 50kms the gap was already down to 2 minutes. The wind was blowing (a lot) but not one section was long enough on the side to rip it to pieces. A few teams tried but realized it was a waste of energy.

As we hit the Cat 3 climb, Evans decided to attack and nonody was thinking it would make such a difference. The race exploded and by the top only 20 riders were left.

A good few riders got back on and eventually about 60 riders were in front. Greipel chased back on just after Vino and Albasini attacked. They had a great go and it was only 2kms before the finsh that they were reeled in. The Duo only had a max gap on 15 seconds which is nothing but man they tried and it almost worked.

Lotto brought it back but also blew themselves up and had nobody to lead the sprint for Greipel.

Sanchez attaked under 2kms to go but it was not going to happen not that it was so close to the finish.

Coming under the Km banner Sanchez got all upset when he saw Wiggins chase him down and threw a little fit. What does he want? For everybody to stop if he is in front. Get real Sanchez- there are no gifts. And if you opened up your eyes long enough you would see Wiggins was pulling for one of the fastest riders in the group- Boasson Haggen.

Greipel had a huge surge and just beat Sagan to the line. Boasson Haggen 3. And our own Impey 5th.

Fighting for the finish. (Photo:Sirotti (cycling’s site))

Daryl Impey is having a great TDF so far and he has shown that he is one of the best lead out men in the world..he has been doing a great Job for Goss but when he rides for himself like today he lacks a bit of fight. I think if he gets a bit of anger in him in these situations he would get even better results.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2012 10:19 am

    Agreed,the Zulu Impey, should get some Hunter crazy and we will see him at the sharp end of the spear!!!

  2. ian doveton permalink
    July 15, 2012 1:13 pm

    Nice tweet Robbie another good stage Impey again impressive is Cav hanging back for the Games how is your recovery going looking forward for Sundays stage wary now of Nibali cheers

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