TdF Stage 7 – A Bit More Rolling [Spoilers]
Interesting day today…..a number of possibilities really. All the sprinters could be there at the end given the distance between the tough climbs and the finish, but if the pace is really put on over the Cat 2 and 3 climbs, will they make it back? If a break has a gap of 90 seconds plus over the final climb then it’s hard to see them getting brought back as it’s all downhill from there. Can’t see any GC damage happening….if Green Edge hadn’t got the yellow jersey I’d say that it was a stage for them-Albasini in the breakaway and if it got brought back either Gerrans or Goss would be there for the sprint. As it is, I reckon someone like Jens or TV Tommy from a break (will Voeckler be allowed away in a break nowadays though) or Cannondale to gun it up the climbs to get rid of Cav et al and Sagan to do the business from there.Posted 4 years ago
Have a look at the profile for tomorrow
Nice stage, with lots of GC potential, but I’d like to see some relative unknowns get away, that tense wait as you wonder if the peloton is going to catch them, the final attacks from the group of 4, 5 riders… Can’t see that tomorrow, should be a good stage but it won’t be unknowns going for the win.Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Too many nervous GC contenders and too many teams with a sprinter but no GC contender makes it very unlikely I think.
Interesting thought. Out of all the riders in the TdF, how many of them are actually trying to win the race? Only a handful? Quite a contrast to the early days of the tour probably, when every rider was in it to win it!Posted 4 years ago
Nice stage, with lots of GC potential, but I’d like to see some relative unknowns get away, that tense wait as you wonder if the peloton is going to catch them, the final attacks from the group of 4, 5 riders… Can’t see that tomorrow, should be a good stage but it won’t be unknowns going for the win.
Did you watch stage 5? Pretty much exactly that..Posted 4 years ago
This is the third of the so-called “transition” stages, even though the route for this one is a bit more rolling: we are approaching the Pyrenees, the major objective at the end of the week. In theory, there is an opportunity here for the sprinters in a Tour that quite frankly doesn’t do them a lot of favours? In fact, it is quite possible the battle for the green jersey might already have been decided. Imagine, for example, Sagan has taken two victories in Corsica (if only…), leaving him well ahead of Kittel, Cavendish, Goss, Greipel? How will his rivals catch up with him? Once again, this underlines the importance of the initial days of the race. Any time or points dropped there could be regretted to the very end!
Instead of the final few km, here’s an insight into what the yellow jersey really means. Always liked Impey.
Feeling like it might be another day for Cavendish today. But I think Sagan will be getting frustrated and will be gagging for a win, so expecting him to go all out, and maybe try something a bit different.
A few useful links
Everything stays the same – Jimsters` Jinkers still in 1st place in the Fantasy league, with team Wait for me! by headfirst staying at the top (or is that the bottom?) of the loser league.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/frank-schleck-surprised-by-radioshack-dumping – I did find this quite funny. Oh Frank…
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hesjedal-races-on-despite-broken-rib-at-tour-de-france – I do like Ryder, but I also have him in my loser team…
It would of course be better if the rib wasn’t broken. It’s like having a knife going into your chest and back, and it’s all day with my breathing and pedalling. It sucks.wartonMember
Interesting thought. Out of all the riders in the TdF, how many of them are actually trying to win the race? Only a handful? Quite a contrast to the early days of the tour probably, when every rider was in it to win it!
Maybe 5 or 6 will be realistically thinking they can win. tbh, even in the early days there was always some sort of team set up. even before ‘teams’ were officially recognized, money changed hands so the favorites got the help of other riders.Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Still he did make the best attack of recent years, and one of the all time best stages, back in 2011
Except it wasn’t the brave attack people make it out to be. Frank Schleck was interviewed after the stage and said something along the lines of “well that was Plan B, Plan A was everyone else would chase him down and I’d counter-attack when they were tired”, so it was exactly the sort of approach we’ve come to expect from the Schleck sisters. The fact he stayed away might be impressive, but it wasn’t the gutsy, committed, do-or-die move that it would have been if, say, Evans had made it.Posted 4 years ago
I’m hoping that Cav is angry. Angry Cav is 10% quicker than content Cav and 20% quicker than crashy Cav. I loved all the comments about how good his bike handling skills were as he hopped onto a roundabout – the guy just crashed because his wheel washed out!
why did Steegmans pull off so early yesterday? I’m guessing he was spent, but Cav looked a bit confused and then messed up by having to dodge Greipel’s leadout man and then going on the outside of the turn which cost him a couple of metres.Posted 4 years agothestabiliserMember
Cav did well just getting back on the front after that crash, probably cost him that yard or two at the end.
I think the sprinters could suffer early on opening the door for a late break on the last couple of climbs – but then every sporting prediction I’ve ever made has been 100% wrongPosted 4 years ago
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