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Yeah, it's cool that he's in yellow. But why force your team to ride at the front so early, especially with no time bonuses available for the sprinters?

Normally such an early yellow for a favorite would be a once-and-done sort of thing to garner publicity. This just doesn't seem all that smart.
 

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Because Valverde peaked too early and he won't win the tour. He's only looking to podium.

Also, if you have a chance to win a stage in the TdF, you don't just pass it up. His sponsors, team, and everyone else can go home happy -- even if he doesn't podium. He won't do work in the other sprinters stages.

Thirdly, if he wheelsucks the rest of the race he can still say he wasn't a wheelsucker like Evans (who may not even win one stage on his way to yellow).
 

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OK. I take it back. From VN:

The Spanish champion said it's too early to talk about holding the lead.

"For me I am going to just enjoy this moment right now … it’s not an obsession right now to keep the jersey, the objective is to arrive in Paris in yellow."
 

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He did gain time on his rivals, though, with a second on Evans and 7 seconds on Menchov and Sastre, to mention a few. There may also be some value to demonstrating to your teammates that you can deliver on their work.
 

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And lets be honest here, he went all out for what, 1km at the end? Is that really going to scuttle his chances at a tour? I don't think so.

Now if he was to try and hold yellow the whole way, well he's going to have a hell of an uphill battle indeed (pun intended).
 
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He did gain time on his rivals, though, with a second on Evans and 7 seconds on Menchov and Sastre, to mention a few. There may also be some value to demonstrating to your teammates that you can deliver on their work.
Evans was S.T. and menchov and sastre were only 1 or 2 seconds behind. Did you see something that I didn't?
 

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He doesn't have to defend squat - this is no different from winning the prologue... in the end it is less significant because there was no time gained. More than a few tour winners and even more contenders have taken the yellow jersey in the prologue. Because there are no time bonuses for the stage wins, he may end up keeping yellow until a break stays away, but I don't see Caisse d'Epargne doing anything to keep the jersey. Even if he miraculously still has the jersey after the very very flat TT on Tuesday, I'd expect him to hand it over to a non-threatening rider before the Pyrenees.
 

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Evans was S.T. and menchov and sastre were only 1 or 2 seconds behind. Did you see something that I didn't?

cyclingnews has Valverde 1 second ahead of the front group and 7 seconds ahead of the next group. It looked like Valverde had a decent gap at the finish, so I'm not surprised he was given a slightly faster time.
 

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He doesn't have to defend squat - this is no different from winning the prologue... in the end it is less significant because there was no time gained. More than a few tour winners and even more contenders have taken the yellow jersey in the prologue. Because there are no time bonuses for the stage wins, he may end up keeping yellow until a break stays away, but I don't see Caisse d'Epargne doing anything to keep the jersey. Even if he miraculously still has the jersey after the very very flat TT on Tuesday, I'd expect him to hand it over to a non-threatening rider before the Pyrenees.
:23::thumbsup:
 

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I'd have to disagree with most of you guys. Valverde's win is massive for him and the team. Yellow jersey means his tour is a success already. His team won't have to do much work either because stage 4 is the TT where he'll lose the jersey to Cancellara or another specialist. The next two stages are both suited to sprinters and you can be sure Columbia, C.A., Liquigas and Rabobank will be working for the best part of the stage.

Valverde also has a really strong team. He'll just have a couple guys riding tempo and limiting the gap to any breakaways before all the sprinters' teams shut it down for them.

It doesn't matter anyway because he won't win the Tour as he'll be off the razor by the Alps
 

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just watching the stage and V's team is pulling tempo at 27 mph for 4/5 of the stage now. I think he should have taken the stage but his team is going to feel it.
That was some awesome kick he displayed whipping around that right hand bender in stage 1. I thought Kirchen had it :(
 
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