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Sat, Feb.25.2006:06:03 PM

One more stage

Going into the final stage, which should be one for the sprinters, I thought I'd breakdown the race by team to see who will be the most motivated to pull their sprinter around the 7.65 mile circuits in Redondo Beach. My pick for most motivated: Lotto Davitamon, given Chris Horner's post-stage-5 promise: "We’ll get [Fast Freddie] a stage. We’ll help him get to the line; we’ll get him the stage win."

Teams that should be happy:

  • Phonak: 1 stage win and should win overall
  • Gerolsteiner: 1 stage win, two days in the overall lead, and King of the Mountain
  • Discovery: 2 stage wins, a day in the overall lead, and currently in the green sprinter's jersey
  • Toyota: 2 stage wins for the brand new team
  • T-Mobile: 1 stage win
  • TIAA-CREF: Best Young Rider Classification should be renamed Best TIAA-CREF Rider Classification as they occupy the top three spots.

Maybe happy:

  • CSC: should win Team classification and should take second and third in the overall. They've been sending riders on breakaways to try and get a stage win for themselves, but too many teams seem motivated to bring them back.

Teams less happy:

  • Lotto Davitamon: Fast Freddie has been close, but no cigar. The peloton also won't let Chris Horner get away and Cadel Evans is 7th overall.
  • Prodir: Ricardo Ricco and Marco Pinotti keep showing up all over breakaways and sprints, but currently nothing.
  • HealthNet: tried to setup Gord Fraser (4th in today's sprint), but nothing yet. Nathan O'Neill is currently in 5th overall.
  • Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada: Jackson Stewart has made a good showing (Most Aggressive) and Ben Jacques-Maynes had a good breakaway on stage 2, but no stage victories.
  • Navigators
  • Credit Agricole
  • Jelly Belly
  • Colavita
  • KB Home

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