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2012 Tour de France Standings: Can Peter Sagan Keep The Green Jersey Until The End?

Tuesday is a rest day for riders in the 2012 Tour de France riders so SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe took the opportunity to analyze the field for the green jersey (maillot vert) title. It is given to the leader of the points classification, which is determined by order of finish at the end of each stage, as well as adjustments for penalties, course difficulty and starting position. Here are the standings after Stage 9:

Maillot Vert Standings, Stage 9

  1. Peter Sagan, LIQ, 217 points
  2. Matt Goss, OGE, 185 (-32)
  3. Andre Greipel, LTB, 172 (-45)
  4. Mark Cavendish, SKY, 129 (-88)
  5. Alessandro Petacchi, LAM, 109 (-108)
  6. Edvald Boasson Hagen, SKY, 95 (-122)

Chris Fontecchio of Podium Cafe believes Edvald Boasson Hagen will make an upward surge in the standings, but "Tourminator" Peter Sagan is still the favorite to keep the green jersey. However, the landscape can change quickly at the Tour de France:

The race looks over. It feels over. But the cold, hard reality of the points competition is that the guy you're crushing by 122 points? He's two stage wins and two intermediate sprints behind you. Two days where he is out front and you aren't. With eleven stages to go, that guy isn't finished.

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