Green "lost cause" for McEwen

Robbie McEwen is not only angry after yesterday's relegation, but also deeply annoyed that his hopes...

Robbie McEwen is not only angry after yesterday's relegation, but also deeply annoyed that his hopes for the Green jersey are growing dim. "That relegation is unjust, and it means a loss that can't be corrected. Even if I would win two mass sprints, than I'd still have to hope for Boonen not to take one point. It's a lost cause. Unless a miracle happens, the Green is lost for me," he said in Tours last night.

Moreover, McEwen still thinks about his stage two sprint, knowing that the finish in Tours wasn't made for him. "Last Sunday, in Les Essarts, I made the same mistake I've made more than once in my junior period. And if one finish wasn't cut out for me than it was this long straight one in Tours."

Nevertheless, McEwen will continue trying and believes that a victory against Boonen is feasible. "I'm not in despair. Boonen is strong, no discussion there. But believe me, he is to be beaten," McEwen said.

"I wish to remind people of the scenario last year though," concludes Sergeant, McEwen's team manager, in a positive frame of mind. "Even though Robbie lost a lot of points after his crash in Angers , after a spectacular come-back he still went on to win the Green Jersey. Nothing is impossible. Boonen had to sprint six times last year before he took his first win."

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