TdF Stage 20 – A Rider From The Top Rank [Spoilers]
Well Quintana will attack and enough to beat Contador
Bertie will do lots of those 20 second attacks he does for reason known only to him as usual they wont work
The real race is for second
The only issue is whether Froome will go with attacks or just cruise to victory. No one is taking 5 minutes from him without a crashPosted 4 years ago
I think he will probably go with them as he wants to win in style so either him or Quintana for the win- or a breakaway- I think I covered ever eventuality there 😉
There is one last chance of glory? This was what we wanted to offer in putting together this stage, which is going to surprise many. It’s only 125km, but what a parcours! There is barely any chance to rest. The riders will have to be on their mettle from the start to the finish at the “nearly new” summit of Semnoz. Although the yellow jersey may be safe, the podium places could well be decided on this climb, which measures 10.7km in length with an average gradient of 8.5%. We could end up with the same winner we had on Alpe-d’Huez… Rodríguez, for example. Or Froome? Or Contador. Whoever it is, it will be a rider from the top rank who will finish things off in style.
Yet another solid win for Costa… Movistar are really having a fantastic tour (except for that one tiny puncture).
This is the kind of stage I love to watch. Short and hard, everyone will be going all out. Lots of riders looking to get in a break, but I don’t think the GC guys will want to let them get away. If we look at what’s happened at every other summit finish it seems incredibly likely that Froome will go big. Quintana to take 2nd from Contador? Rodriguez to take 4th from Kreuziger, or even 3rd from Contador (assuming Quintana gets into 2nd)? Will Froome win again? Will he also win KOM?
A few useful links
Another day when everything remains as it was – Ro5ey’s Roulers by andy rose at the top in the fantasy league (although not by much at all), Time to do some crashing at the bottom in the loser league.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froome-warns-against-complacency-ahead-of-semnoz – “…more than 4,500 meters of climbing…”
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/tour-de-france/539541/tour-de-france-analysis-time-for-change-in-the-king-of-the-mountains-classification.html – an interesting thought, but surely it’s way too complicated – would be really hard to follow
And finally, this
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhuguhpEGnc[/video]Posted 4 years ago
Double HC KOM points at the finish, so provided Rolland isn’t in the top 10 (it seems likely the big boys will catch them), Froome needs to finish at least 7th or Quintana at least 5th to take the jersey off him. If Qunitana wins he gets the jersey whatever Froome does.Posted 4 years ago
Really don’t like seeing Cuddles riding in the grupetto….I think his days as a pro are numbered now which is a great shame.
He wasn’t all that shabby at some minor little race in Italy recently. It stands to reason that when you’re knocking on a bit and don’t have chemical assistance it’s tough to recover and stay in form for two big races in a row (come to that I don’t see any of the top 10 from that little Italian race in contention here). I wouldn’t write him off just yet.Posted 4 years ago
Sky just blew it apart – Froome didn’t just (briefly) drop Contador and Quintana, Sky did.
I wonder who apart from Rolland is actually thinking about the KOM jersey – is Froome going for it, or is Quintana? Would love one of those to win it – is far too long since it was anything other than a prize for opportunists.Posted 4 years ago
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