TdF Stage 13 – A Strange Situation [Spoilers]
Wow. What a stage.
A quite brilliant ride by Saxo Tinkoff. I have to admit I had written off Contador after the first mountains stages, but that has blown things wide open.
Great to see Cav winning again too. Did really well to get in that break and there was only ever going to be one winner at the end.Posted 4 years agoforzafkawiMember
A hard day for everyone I’d say today. Based on the evidence of last weekend I still can’t see anyone having anything to trouble Froome in the mountains unless he actually blows up himself.
The real damage may come in the flatter sections between the climbs of course but everyone must be hurting after today. Even though the rest of the Sky team seem to be under par he should be able to mark most challengers on his own providing he is a bit more alert than today.
Sagan and Cav managed it today with only one team mate so not impossible IMHO.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Even though the rest of the Sky team seem to be under par he should be able to mark most challengers on his own providing he is a bit more alert than today.
Maybe if it was a bunch of randoms in the mix but in the top 5 now there’s Froome, then 2 riders from Belkin and 2 from Saxo-Tinkoff. With a bit of concerted attacking they might really be able to put the Sky on the rack.
I enjoyed the highlights show on ITV4, I like the interviews and tactical insights and today made for a good show. Good interview with Cav, he’s much more articulate and funny when he’s happy!Posted 4 years agoforzafkawiMember
Good point from crazy-legs and crashtestmonkey but I still think both those teams did a hell of a lot of work today to gain the 69 seconds. It will be interesting though to see which way it goes.
Don’t forget there is another time trial as well but with two Cat 2 climbs it may well suit Contador more this time as he did take 20-odd seconds out of Froome in the hilly TT in the Vuelta last year.
I’m hoping for something explosive from Froome on the Ventoux though. The long, hard grind could be just the thing if Sky ever get their act together as a team.Posted 4 years agoYellow BellyMember
Today was quite possibly the best ‘boring flat, not worth watching until last 3km’ stage I have ever seen.
What the hell has happened to Porte or is he playing poker, saving himself for some heroics on Ventoux?
(My rcuk fantasy team was dynamite today, I had Cav, Sagan, Chavanel, Fuglsang, Ten Dam, all of whom made the selection, and even Bonnet got a look in, my lot were 4th overall on stage!!. Shame my Velogames STW squad may as well withdraw already.)Posted 4 years agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
I wonder if that will go down as one of Cavendish’s most memorable wins? OPQ had a plan and it was working. Then Cav and his team mates reacted to the race as it unfolded – no sticking to a plan, no time to consult over the radio.
I liked the replays on the ITV4 highlights. You could see Cav getting across to the Contador group and Froome not quite making it.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
You could see Cav getting across to the Contador group and Froome not quite making it.
What I don’t get is that there was one tst rider on the front of the bunch from a while before the split until a while after. A rider who is presumably significantly slower in a time trial than Froome. Froome saw the gap opening in front of him (from the looks of things the rider one or two in front of him let the gap go). He’d been sitting in the bunch – OK so it wasn’t as easy as usual due to the wind, but still easier than being on the front. So Cav did a sprint to cross the gap, but did Froome really not have the gas to cross it a little bit slower? Or did he deliberately sit up into the group behind because he’d have been isolated in the front group?
Of course the fallout may well be that the chaps in the front group used a lot more energy today than Froome did, which may well make a difference in a couple of days (dependent of course on what they’re using for recovery 😉 ).Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
In the interviews (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/video/36995139587/chris-froome) he said he saw Cav get a bit of a slingshot which helped him and Andy sprinted – he realised it wasn’t going to happen so waited for reinforcements and limited the losses.Posted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
If you’ve ever tried to make the last man on an echelon forming in cross winds riding at full gas I think you might appreciate why Froome didn’t get across.
Cavendish said he had to do a full sprint to make it across the small gap and had to use the slingshot of his team mate to do so, which indicates to me that that group was shifting! Froome hasn’t got the acceleration of Cavendish so couldn’t make the effort required to get across albeit a few meters.
Echelons are great to watch in races but horrid to ride in!Posted 4 years agoswavisSubscriber
I do wonder if Froome has shown his hand too early and it’s made it easier for the other teams to attack, he might have been better saving his legs, and maybe more importantly his teams legs for the Alps? I think he just wanted to get racing though.
All makes for good viewing. More of the same please 😀Posted 4 years ago
interestingly back before the ITT, Saxo’s DS said Contador expected to lose 60-90 seconds to Froome, so yesterday’s move clawed back the extra time Froome took from him.
Both Cav and Froome explained how marginal getting across to the front group was, Cav only just made it with a sprint and Froome realised after about 1 pedal turn he wasnt going to make it. Brilliant stage.Posted 4 years ago
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