- TdF Stage 15 – A Fully Deserved Winner [Spoilers]
One of the write ups/previews I caught said they were forecasting a potentially decent tali wind for the first 200km which would end up being a head wind on the summit run. That would really make things interesting.
I wonder if the french guys are drawing lots as to who has to go for it on Bastille day, will have to wait for the highlights in the morning but I reckon this will be a finish to remember.Posted 4 years agoRealManMember
This stage is the longest of this 100th Tour. It is also one of the most prestigious because nobody wins by chance on the Ventoux, especially not on 14 July? There are two scenarios: either a group gets away from a long way out and maintains enough of an advantage for the escapees to fight it between themselves; or the leaders shut down the race as far as the foot of the climb, transforming the stage into one enormous hill-climb! Depending on the weather, a lot of damage could be done today. Imagine what it could be like if there’s blazing heat all day? Whether you’re in the yellow jersey or not, if you do badly on this climb you will lose a quarter of an hour!
Another great win, and a very exciting finish.
This is going to be fun. Maybe Quintana to win (especially as he’s got a load of domestiques dedicated to him now)? Froome could get another one in the bag? Or even Contador? Unless they let a break go… Of course, with it being Bastille day and all, everyone remotely French is going to want to win. Chavanel? Rolland? Gadret? Bardet? Roy? Pinot is meant to be ill, and Voeckler is crap and everyone hates him, so I think they’re out..
It sounds like Evans and Schleck want to give it a go too, but, well…
Here’s a reminder of what happened to Tony Martin on Ventoux in 2009..
Weather is looking quite warm, but not massively so. No real wind predicted either. Nice. I’ve heard the estimated number of fans to be on Ventoux is around 300,000.
A few useful links
Mike’s Men – no Fro by mikewingrave has taken 1st place again, knocking Ro5ey’s Roulers by andy rose into 2nd, in the fantasy league. Time to do some crashing still at the bottom in the loser league… Yawn…
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/tour-de-france-gallery-mont-ventoux – more reminders here
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-riders-appeal-to-public-via-twitter – but will they listen…
http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert-millar/the-storming-of-froomes-bastille – …but you should always listen to Millar
I believe it was 46 years ago yesterday that Tom Simpson died. I remember stopping by his memorial on Ventoux when I was there – I imagine it will look quite different today.
And once again, the backstage pass video from OGE is always worth a watch
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN629JdkTuE[/video]Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
I reckon plenty of the French lads will turn themselves inside out to nail this one. They’re French so I guarantee they will all be in cahoots with each other, will nominate a winner before the race even starts and then will cross-team support that guy to win. What Froome needs to do is work out who that is and stay on his wheel.
That’s my armchair opinion.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
I was gutted Simon couldnt hold on yesterday. But would have an ear to ear grin for the rest of the Tour if Voekler managed something heroic today. But I think he said his legs have deserted him this year 🙁
OOh, maybe it was a bluff? Please, lets hope he was bluffing and he is strong as ox!Posted 4 years agomugsys_m8Subscriber
Today is going to be special. It’s Bastille day and it’s Ventoux. But mostly because, for me, Givors, today’s start town, is where our most precious, beautiful but oh so crazy daughter Pia was born. Unfortunately I’m not with my family as working in Azerbaijan, but I will be glued to live streaming.
As much as I REALLY want Tommy V to do it today, like Sean Kelly said on Eurosport yesterday, he’s had some bag falls early season meaning he didn’t do the Dauphiné: He did the little known Rhone Alpes Isere Tour as a warm up.Posted 4 years ago
Movistar are looking strong for this today. Possibly Quintana for the win. Froome needs to keep his wits about him and not chase every move once on the Ventoux as he’s likely to do. I don’t think Sky are as weak as people are saying but Movistar seem the stronger team. Tommy V will try to attack today although like others have said he’s not on great form.
Looking forward to this. If the weather was crap I would feel less guilty about being indoors.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Frome will be boxed in and then spat out the back today. Saxo/Movistar maybe one other team will isolate him and pen him in then they’ll attack and spit him out.
Problem they have in doing this is that he is faster than them
they have the numbers but he has the speed and the legs of them
I expect him to drop all of them on the final climb again
Bertie for the win.
FFS I so hope not dirty dirty cheat and he is only half the man he was pre steak
Hard days racing.
Hope so but I will miss it all as I take the kids out for their first hilly 15 miler- we may take as long as the stage to complete 😉
Really should be a corker of a stage and it has been a fantastic race so far.Posted 4 years ago
Exciting as Froome looks the best but his team – at least it seems to have stopped the drugs rumours] look pretty weak this year and have been cracked a few timesMrOvershootSubscriber
Perhaps we might see a similar stage to that in 1994 when Eros Poli broke away early built a 20 minute lead and somehow managed to hold on just to win the stage (OK the finish wasn’t at the top that that day but it was just a run down the other side)
Doubt it though.Posted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
Useless French wallies … (or am I being premature?)
Have they no pride?
Loaded my road.cc team up with Tommy, Rolland and Pinot… where are they? … I thought the same as samuri this morn.
I was expecting eurocar/FDJ to go off the front as teams early doors and put thier men at the foot of the mountain with a decent buffer….
Oh hold on …. rolland just been dropped !!
TBF … if Chav gets it … and I’m not sure he can… a vdeserving winner…. about the only frenchman (bar simon) with any b****Posted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
Will Quintana do it this time?
Porte say (in not so many words) he was stupid to try it last week(on the first day in the mounatins) and that Sky were never worried.
Guess alot of water has gone under the bridge since then and Sky aren’t as all concurring as they were that dayPosted 4 years ago
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