The riders will have the blue waters of Lake Serre-Ponçon as a backdrop. It is a picture postcard setting. But don't imagine this is going to be a bucolic day? Indeed, this stage could turn out to be one of the turning points of the Tour. It has been conceived with the idea of spicing up the duel between the rouleurs who can climb well such as Froome and Contador, although on paper the likes of Wiggins (who?) and Quintana should not be excluded from consideration. I think that Belgian King of the Mountains Lucien Van Impe would have loved this course? One thing is sure: those riders who don't perform well on this stage will have some real problems on the next one to Alpe-d'Huez. There won't be any miracle comebacks.
Yesterday's stage was promising, and although it was quite interesting, not as much happened as some people thought. The descent into gap is hardly ever smooth.
Up till 4 or 5am last night, riding all day, it's past midnight as I'm writing this, and I'm falling asleep, so sorry for not being too interesting. It's the stage a lot have been waiting for. I'd really like Froome to win, but I think Porte, Contador, Mollema will all post good times. Quintana will be very interesting to watch. Will Rolland remember how to ride a bike up a hill? Doubtful. Chavanel to ride like a hero. Schleck to go slowly up the climbs, slower on the descents, and generally be useless. And I know I say it every day, but Sagan to go all out to get some extra points? What a champ. Wonder how Tony Martin will get on...
A few useful links
Ro5ey's Roulers by andy rose extends his lead in the fantasy league, looking very solid. Blah blah blah Time to do some crashing blah blah blah..
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pinot-out-of-tour-de-france - just read the first paragraph...
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-i-didnt-attack-because-contador-crashed - musettes at dawn?
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-shorts-rain-on-its-way-no-friends-for-team-sky - ain't trainin if it ain't rainin
Sorry for not finding many interesting things to share with you all, so to make up for it, here's Jens. Wearing a t-shirt, unfortunately. However, it's a pretty cool t-shirt.