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twice now in sprints his leadout man hasn't done a proper launch. They are getting overtaken by other leadouts / sprints and Tom is getting boxed in. Today it was Jimmy Casper, Tom's leadout should not be getting overtaken, that is the whole deal of a leadout. McEwen's leadout is blowing past people and setting him up perfectly, sheltering him against the boards and then actually doing a bit of blocking en route.
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i think they are setting up too soon as well. seems the winners have all come from back in the pack. with the winds they way they have been, it just makes sense to be as far back as possible. boonen seems to be hitting the wind waaaaay early. i kept expecting to see he and mcewen to be led out on a breakaway about 15 k out, then have a track style duke-out.

also, great tactics yesterday. hide in the lead group, watch the final lead out man peel off, then shoot around his far side. the rest of the group was looking left, thinking the blurr they saw on their right was the lead-out man still peeling back.
 

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atpjunkie said:
twice now in sprints his leadout man hasn't done a proper launch. They are getting overtaken by other leadouts / sprints and Tom is getting boxed in. Today it was Jimmy Casper, Tom's leadout should not be getting overtaken, that is the whole deal of a leadout. McEwen's leadout is blowing past people and setting him up perfectly, sheltering him against the boards and then actually doing a bit of blocking en route.
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Maybe it's because he's not really riding like a sprinter right now. He's working it hard during the days out on the road, sprinting for intermediate sprints, going in a breakaway today and pulling hard, and not just hiding out until the finale. I'm not begrudging Robbie anything, that's the way the game is played and he's playing it well, but Boonen has not been scarce during the stages that's for sure. He's been out there, stroking it trying to mix it up still. McEwen just waits until the end, like a good sprinter should. This is why Boonen is not a "pure" sprinter, and Robbie McWhiner is.
 

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Maybe it's because he's not really riding like a sprinter right now. He's working it hard during the days out on the road, sprinting for intermediate sprints going in a breakaway today
It appears he's losing in the patience game with McEwen, From DZ's report today

Dave Zabriskie said:
... Tom Boonen wanted some other sprint teams to help control the race, help ride tempo. And when they didn't, he jumped into a breakaway himself, to make the others work.

It got pretty crazy. Nobody knew what to do for a bit and the group got a minute and a half gap real fast. But we didn't have anybody in the group and so we started pulling.
Seems like they've been playing a game of chicken on who reels in the breaks, and so far QuickStep has been blinking first.
 

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oh Boonen's legs are fine

the fact that he started his sprint,had to stop when he got boxed, cross the course and then re-accelerate to 3rd showed his legs are fine. Tom went out today because clearly having his boys up front clearly wasn't working. He figures if he goes on a break at least his team can rest. I'm sure if he wasn't in yellow he'd have had a stage by now, but doing leadwork is killing his team. Maybe after he loses the yellow tomorrow look for a good showing sunday. Boonen has been being lead out by De Jongh who has gotten passed and thus boxed Tom in, not good leadout work. Watch replays of McEwens leadouts.
The only day Tom did intermediates was the day to get the jersey.
Robbies only failure besides stage 1 was when his lead put him into the wind too early.
 
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