- TdF Stage 16 – Testing Terrain [Spoilers]
Contador implied he’s gonna try something from far out on one of the remaining stages, like he did in last year’s Vuelta, and ain’t afraid to risk losing a podium spot.. for me it’s either today or stage 19.
“It’s true that there is a stage where I want to see what happens, it could be a day to try and look for an opportunity, there is a very important stage and in a week’s time, you’ll know which one it is.”
“It is true that for me it’s the same to finish second or 10th.”
Edit: Actually it’s probably either stage 19 or 20, less flat sections in between the climbs.. high pace on the first climb to thin out the peloton, attack on the second and then try and stay away til the finish..Posted 4 years agoRealManMember
Never will a rest day have been as well deserved! After the Ventoux, the riders will be able to breathe a little easier for 24 hours in the Vaucluse. It is a short respite, as another series of difficulties await them. This stage, for example: it’s only 168km, but this is testing terrain where the Tour has almost been lost in the past. You just have to look at the list of winners in Gap: Vinokourov, Fédrigo, Paulinho, Hushovd? I can also remember an attack made by Contador that messed up the strategy of the Schleck brothers? In short, this is a stage that will favour attacking riders. Some of them may get the opportunity to push themselves back into contention before the time trial…
I’m guessing everyone’s watched it already, but here are the highlights anyway. Words don’t really cut it – the question isn’t if he’s going to win this year, but if he’s going to win next year, and the year after, and the year after that….
Oh, I’ve been caught? No worries, I’m just too steezy to care.
Not the only one though
There’s also this. Is that a duck?
Hope everyone enjoyed the rest day, I ended up with massive tour withdrawal symptoms, had to go for a ride. And obviously I found a hundred things to share with you all.
Todays stage looks interesting – I think we might have a similar finish that we had during stage 9, i.e. a small break getting away on the final climb and holding it down the otherside to the finish. Or we could have another stage 14, with a big group getting away. I’d love to see Sagan getting involved. I have a feeling someone from the GC is going to have a go. They better save something though, the TT tomorrow isn’t easy…
Obviously we can’t have a stage that finishes with the descent into gap without someone pulling this footage out, so I figured it might as well be me. Drugs or no drugs, it’s sweet.
A few useful links
Ro5ey’s Roulers by andy rose back into the top spot in the fantasy league, could this be the winning team? As for the loser league, do I even have to say?
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-believes-hell-win-the-tour-de-france-within-two-years – think he might win the giro first though
http://www.velominati.com/tradition/riding-ugly-the-spider/ – velominati get involved
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/539450/chris-froome-s-pinarello-dogma-65-1.html – interesting emblem on the top tube…
http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/richie-porte/flick-or-be-flicked – insights from Richie Porte. well worth a read
Falling madly in love with OGE
This doesn’t work for me, but it might for you
This is quite good
And it’s fairly irrelevent, but this site is pretty coolPosted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Question. A lot written about Froome’s ‘style’. What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill? I’m worried that while I’m getting lighter and fitter and consequently faster up hills, if i don’t do it stylishly you’ll all still take the piss.Posted 4 years agoDenDennisMember
Interesting read on SKY’s training intervals above, including high cadence efforts.
I loved that attack on steak-boy, he seemed to put 200m into him within a couple of seconds! the riding action seated acceleration was like watching a 10-year old burning round the local park, legs going round in a whirlwind!Posted 4 years agocorrodedMember
What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill?
Think you basically need to look at David Millar and Froome as being two ends of the spectrum. One of things I like about Millar is that he appreciates ‘form’. Froome is an absolute horror show.Posted 4 years ago
What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill? I’m worried that while I’m getting lighter and fitter and consequently faster up hills, if i don’t do it stylishly you’ll all still take the piss
Dont worry you will be so far in front of us you wont here our mocking barbs
Froome sits with them and not much happens GC wise – someone will try an attack but it wont work /be up to much- it may flatter to decieve
Froome now has a big advantage and , as all the podium rivals are pretty close together so, they cannot really let someone launch an attack either. The risk of repeated attacks and leaving it to Froome is that he chooses not to bother- he has 5 minutes – and just looks at them as they get nervous about their podium chances. Game of poker and I reckon they will crack first tbh as he has to biog a lead to be that worried
As RM says [ indeed great threads but for the unrequited love for Sagan 😉 ] it is not a question of will he win this more a question of how many he will win. He is obviously a step above the rest with Mountain wins and TT wins [ well GC level anyway]
I am going for a Ducks head personally though he is more portly than your usual topless man segment
PS I also looked for a topless Froome photo 😳Posted 4 years agopjt201Member
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Did they do anything nice on their day off? Took in a museum or a chateux with nice formal gardens, game of boules?
Garmin went skydiving 😉Posted 4 years ago
then I start thinking of pictures of snapped/sheared carbon forks
me too!Posted 4 years ago
internal dialogue whilst doing a bumpy 45mph: remember that time you crashed into the back of a taxi? that was last year and you still haven’t replaced those carbon steerered forks yet… aaaaaaarrrhhhhH!
Preferably they guys are drinking 1 or 2 bottles per hour especially with these kind of weather conditions where it is really warm making it important to drink well. So during a day like this the riders drink between 35-40 litres all together.
that’s why I’m still thirsty now from a 75 miles ride on Sunday in 30 degree heat. I drank 4 bottles of water, a coffee and a carton of apple juice – I should have drank 4 times that… easier said than done without a support crew.Posted 4 years ago
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