Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Mon 25/May/09 12:15pm

New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson (Columbia-Highroad) outsprinted his rivals on the Formula One race circuit in Barcelona in the final stage of the Tour Catalunya today.

Henderson edged his rivals in the bunch sprint from Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale) and Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas).

"I didn't know what the last kilometre was like but it turned out the finish was perfect for me, a downhill and then a flat sprint, just like I would do on the track," Henderson told Cycling News.

"Yesterday I had the power but hit the front way too early, and today I finally hit it perfectly, and was lucky enough to hold everybody off. Today I started out with about 250 metres to go, because I was so far back, about fifth or sixth wheel when the sprint started."

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) completed the stage in the main bunch to take the overall victory in the Tour ahead of Garmin's Dan Martin and Haimar Zubeldia (Astana).

Valverde competed in this Tour instead of the Giro because he is currently banned from riding in Italy because of his alleged involvement in the Operation Puerto doping scandal.

Final overall placings:
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne, 24.12.10, 1;
Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Slipstream at 15sec, 2;
Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana at 22sec, 3.
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Fergie on Mon 25/May/09 1:32pm

Woot!
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Joel on Mon 25/May/09 1:42pm

Legend!
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby johnL on Mon 25/May/09 3:00pm

chur
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby floyd on Mon 25/May/09 3:04pm

Three cheeres for track racing eh!! A stage win in T D F coming up!!! :)
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Oli on Mon 25/May/09 3:06pm

Good stuff, Hendy! :thumbsup:
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby RussS on Mon 25/May/09 3:40pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby taylormade on Mon 25/May/09 5:05pm

floyd wrote:Three cheeres for track racing eh!! A stage win in T D F coming up!!! :)


Yes I would like to think so, but who will it be??? Hendy or Roly?????
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby musket on Mon 25/May/09 5:13pm

taylormade wrote:
floyd wrote:Three cheeres for track racing eh!! A stage win in T D F coming up!!! :)


Yes I would like to think so, but who will it be??? Hendy or Roly?????


It's unlikely we'll see Hendy given enough rein to reign in Le Tour any time soon - he'll be solidly tasked to Cav. Eisel too.

Roly is certainly a more likely chance, given his aptitude and usefulness in a break of the type you often see late in the Tour...
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Tugboat on Mon 25/May/09 7:15pm

Awesome result for Hendy!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby pb on Mon 25/May/09 7:46pm

Much wootage. :thumbsup:

If Cav pulls out before the end of the tour Hendy could be in for a shot.
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby Tugboat on Mon 25/May/09 7:51pm

pb wrote:Much wootage. :thumbsup:

If Cav pulls out before the end of the tour Hendy could be in for a shot.


I don't see Hendy getting a shot. Renshaw is the main leadout for Cav and an ideal back-up sprinter. They need depth in the team to support Kirchen (or Lokvist) for the GC.
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby pb on Mon 25/May/09 7:54pm

Perhaps. Late in the tour he could be used to cover breakaways and may have a chance. But you are probably correct.
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Re: Greg Henderson Reigns In Spain

Postby istepinyards on Mon 25/May/09 7:57pm

Tugboat wrote:
pb wrote:Much wootage. :thumbsup:

If Cav pulls out before the end of the tour Hendy could be in for a shot.


I don't see Hendy getting a shot. Renshaw is the main leadout for Cav and an ideal back-up sprinter. They need depth in the team to support Kirchen (or Lokvist) for the GC.
I agree Tugga.
Most of the field can't get around Renshaw when he leads out Cav let alone the DS demoting him to leadout Hendy if Cav is out. It would most certainly be Hendy leading out Renshaw.
If Roly is at the tour he will be NZ's best chance I'd say
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