- TdF Stage 16 – Mastery Of All Aspects Of Cycling [Spoilers]
Pau, a stronghold? Pau, a strategic place? On today’s menu, a 197 km classic succession of great Pyrenean cols: the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Peyresourde. As Christian Prudhomme said, a mere four days from the finish, this stage will turn the thumbscrews on the peloton! Moreover, such a course is exactly my idea of a true mountain stage: not with a summit finish, which tends to lock up the race a bit, but an up-and-down course which calls for a mastery of all aspects of cycling. Two years ago, Andy Schleck vacillated somewhat on the descents… Probably won’t have to worry too much about him doing that again. Or his bro.
I reckon Evans has to drop the hammer on the descent to the line, but there’s already a break of about 40 riders – they could stay away.
Cool pictures of a boring stage..
A few useful linksPosted 5 years ago
its hot here today. just come down 3,000ft of descent on the road into quillan and while the air temp is 33degs in places it yep more like 40 coming off the hot tarmac. would not want to be doing any climbing in this. I’m sweating just working through this Ricard.
anyway been looking forward to today’s stage so am tracking down. a bar to watch it.
took this on Sunday and am bit chuffed given the speed they hooned past at.
Posted 5 years ago
Even though this is a tour town there’s not a big following here. Last time we stayed at luchon with aqr Mrs s rode three of today’s cols so bit of personal interest.
Unfortunately Ive been struck down by man flu these last three days so haven’t been able to ride my favourite vtt routes round here 🙁Posted 5 years ago
Ocrider, no from above montmija.
I can’t climb with these lungs of lead so Mrs s climbed there on one of My fave routes and I drove up with the kids and we went for a walk. Then swapped and I freewheeled down to town on her Diddy 456 in my flip flops. Getting a lift back up to the plateau this evening 😉Posted 5 years agoocriderMember
Quillans a wierd place. The first time I drove through it, I felt like I was flung back into the 80’s. Nice road up to Axat, mind you. Guess all the roads leading out of town are pretty (apart from the one to Limoux)
Unfortunately Ive been struck down by man flu these last three days
MFTFU? 😀Posted 5 years ago
i cant actually remember a time cadel launched a successful damaging attack in a previous tour?
me neither – they keep talking about him having a kick, but I’ve never seen it last very long. certainly when he won, it was because he would grind out a chasing pace. didn’t he grind down Andy Schleck’s break on Alpe D’Huez last year to minimize the time gap?Posted 5 years ago
I’m following this on the Eurosport live txt feed and they’ve described it as another training ride for Sky, why will nobody attack? Seems they’re just marking themselves out of the race.Posted 5 years ago
As much as I want Wiggins to win I would like to see Cadel, Nibali or even TJ go for it, just to liven it up a little 😉
From Eurosport feed
Voeckler wants Feillu to come through and help. He looks very erratic – and quite barmy. He appears to be talking to himself. His earpiece is not in, so he really is just chatting away. To himself.
just another day in the saddle for Tommy V.
HERO.Posted 5 years ago
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