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Well, the race is showing (has been for about a little over half an hour) on EuroSport now.

11 man breakaway with 110km to go. 3min45s gap.


No rain. D'oh!
 

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The break is now down to 3minutes and 10 men as Offredo has dropped back.

They're on section 18 of the pavé, a 2.5km 4star section now.
 

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Amazing shot from the side of the peloton now as you can see the bikes vigorously vibrating. Man that looks painful in the long run indeed.

CRASH!!!! PRetty big crash with a few people. Garmin, Rabbo and Cofidis. Some need new bikes it seems.

AG2R guy looks to be down. Out maybe.
 

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3 Garmin guys right at the back, together with an ag2r guy all pulling each other back to the main peloton.

Martin Maaskant (sp?) is in this rear group.
 

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Masskant (sp?) fell, if I saw things correctly... He'll have a hard time recouping, and he's one of the top riders AFAIK
 

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They are in the Trouée d'Arenberg now. Damn that looks hard.

No rain???! DAMN!!!!! :D
 

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Still looks muddyish...
 

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Big crash.... BIIGGG crash in the Arenberg forest area.

A smaller one led to a bigger crash actually. Damn!
 

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Columbia and cervelo seem prone to crashes, no?
 

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Lots of guys stuck at the back due to the crash. The pace is driven by Quickstep. Frantic pace indeed.

The field is decimated now due to the crash as well. Several gaps formed.

I think the favorites are still safely through perhaps. Boonen is right near the front (or at the front). Haussler is there too. Saxo Bank is now hammering the pace.
 

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Did big george just fall?
 

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Haussler went! He's off the front... Boonen is not covering this for now.
 

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Nope, Hincapie didn't fall. He's right near the front of the main group now actually.
 

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Many Saxo Bank and Cervelo riders in the main group up front.
 

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Haussler, Hammond, Hushovd are in there for Cervelo. Flecha is in this group too. Hincapie and Boonen as well.

Columbia have one man in the break up front.

88km let.
 

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Devolder is NOT in the group up front. They are chasing that lead group (not breakaway group) now to try and bridge the gap. It's likely that it would happen since it doesn't seem that the main group in front is pushing the pace at all.
 

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What do you guys think of the race so far?

Pretty normal but Cervelo and Saxo Bank have a huge arsenal of riders right up front. And, QuickStep is getting Devolder and a couple more or so to bridge the gap to the Boonen, Cancellara group.

I'd like to see George Hincapie win of course. I'd also like to see Cancellara take it maybe. Just not Boonen coz it'll be nice to see someone else win this year IMO.
 

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I agree completely about boonen... he's just riding so well that I wouldn't be surprised if he won...
 

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Devolder got a new bike. Hah!
 
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