No fourth win for Oscar

We have all been there haven’t we? You have just one more lap to do and you could be a winner. But on the last climb the elastic snaps and a small group goes up the road taking with it your hope of victory. Poor Oscar, he rode the perfect race but Bettini was just too strong. Much as I wanted Oscar to take the jersey I can’t begrudge Bettini the win. He was clearly the fastest sprinter in the group but he kept on attacking all the way to the line.


Of the others Valverde’s decline continues. What a difference a year makes. Whatever his secret was he now lacks it which is encouraging for the sport’s recovery. My outside bet Philippe Gilbert was, as always, a contender but still lacking that magic ingredient.

What to make of Schumi having a swig from his bottle in the last kilometre? I’m no expert on hydration but it was probably too late to make much difference! Nerves I guess.

No wonder Oscar is smiling.


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