TdF Stage 9 – An Interesting Insight [Spoilers]
What will the state of affairs be like in Gérardmer? It takes a smart person to answer this question. We will be past Yorkshire’s rolling landscapes, the cobblestones, La Mauselaine and, why not, splits near Verdun… Quite a few riders, including some big names, may have lost ground by now. Will they join forces with the breakaway specialists, who will no doubt be out in force? We have drawn a typical Vosges stage for them, with long rather than steep climbs. With the next day’s fierce battle looming on the horizon, this stage should give us an interesting insight into where each man stands.
Well yesterday was quite exciting, and has struck a big thought into my head. Contador is desperate to crack Nibali. If he does, Nibali will lose a lot of time. But if Porte keeps Contador in sight and puts in a good TT, Porte could win. Of course, anyone can have a bad day. While I think the 3 big favourites at the moment are Contador, Nibali, and Porte, a clever move from Valverde, Bardet, Mollema, Kwiatkowski, or even Pinot could change everything. I think it’s all downhill for TJ, Talansky and Van Den Broeck though. What a great day for France, and a brilliant win for Kadri.
Don’t ever try to make me choose between Sagan and Porte.
Today… It’s worth noting that this it the first of a pair of very hilly stages, with a rest day right after. Could today be the day Contador just tries to crack everyone? There’s no need to take seconds out today if you can just destroy them so bad you can take minutes out tomorrow… But don’t rule out Nibali – he doesn’t have to do anything, but that doesn’t mean he won’t. He’s often described as a rider who races with his heart, I would love to see him attack Contador (on the descent?). Porte to just sit behind and watch… For now.
A few useful links
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/tour-de-france-tech-inside-bmcs-team-bus – £250,000 bus.. it’s pretty cool
http://inrng.com/2014/07/denis-menchovs-silent-prosecution/ – the commentators are probably going to mention this at some point, so you might as well clue yourself in now
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[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvv9Te9SUH8[/video]Posted 8 years ago
Kadri’s interview was very humble and very flattering of Yates. Been following the whole Menchove fiasco on Twitter, another UCI PR own-goal with apparently a new policy saying they wont automatically issue press releases on doping bans? seriously?!Posted 8 years ago
should be a manic chase off the last climb to the finish 😀Posted 8 years ago
It’s going to be interesting to see at what point Contador goes on the attack. He surely has too today! That last climb looks like his kind of territory. I’ve only really been watching the highlights this week. I reckon this one is going to be worth watching from the offPosted 8 years ago
Don’t think this is a day for the GC men – 40k from the last climb is too much.Posted 8 years ago
Hopefully a break will go and stay away.
Interesting to see what Saxo-Tinkoff have left in the tank after putting in a job of work yesterday. I reckon Nibali might have more support today, feel strong on the last climb and try to make a statement over the top and on the descent… But that might just be wishful thinkingPosted 8 years ago
job of work
You are Paul Sherwin and I claim my £5Posted 8 years ago
I edited specifically. 🙂Posted 8 years ago
How on earth did Contador lose so much time over those cobbles? IsNibali a ‘Former Mountain Biker™’? Is tht why he was so much quicker?Posted 8 years ago
Bit disappointed with Valverde yesterday. But impressed with Porte. He could well sneak in there. Should be a good shake up over the next two days.Posted 8 years ago
30% chance of rain for the descent, should make things interesting !Posted 8 years ago
Vockler for a breakaway going further into the pain cave than last time he gurned his way over a mountainPosted 8 years ago
An interesting comment by journalist David Walsh last night is that he believes Bertie is racing cleanPosted 8 years ago
Wonder what Kimmage makes of that;-)
Looks like a tough day out.
Talking of sherwenisms, why can’t he mention a time of year without saying “in the month of …”? It really fascinates and appals me in equal measure how often the two of them use the same,mangled arcane and irritating phrases…I think they run a sweep with each other.Posted 8 years ago
Don’t think this is a day for the GC men – 40k from the last climb is too much.
this, any GC attack has an hour to get reeled in. And tomorrow is a bigger day with more potential for some meaningful reward from burning you and your team.
How on earth did Contador lose so much time over those cobbles
he blamed his gears and not being able to access smaller sprockets. His team said was due to grass clogging, which might be true or might be diplomatic whilst Sram are still a supplier/sponsor. Team owner and all round loon Oleg Tinkov spends his own money on shimano kit…
Talking of sherwenism
theyve had decades to built a store of meaningless bilge to spew out on autopilot to fill the hours, so anything that can pad out the airtime that doesnt require insight, intellect or wit is gold dust to them.
Simon Yates’ mother was thrilled to hear yesterday that one of her twins is 2 years older than the other, and I’m sure Nico Roche is beyond bored of being called Stephen.Posted 8 years ago
That’s quite an interesting group up the road..
And Martin will be suffering up climbs.. I love Martin suffering.Posted 8 years ago
Nice article over at inrng a while ago about what makes for a good breakaway. This one has potential.
And Martin will be suffering up climbs.. I love Martin suffering.
Hoping for some dribble 🙂 He must fancy that long run in to the finish.Posted 8 years ago
Gallopin’ Tony – If he was a horse , you’d have an outside fiver on him, shirley?Posted 8 years ago
Only just realised – the tour site classifications do virtual GC during the stages (link in OP).Posted 8 years ago
Yep, gallopin is a great name. Is he a sprinter?Posted 8 years ago
Wasn’t gallopin told to eff off out of the break as he is too high in GC to be allowed to get away, hence having a “mechanical”.Posted 8 years ago
Come on Martin! 60k ITT now 🙂Posted 8 years ago
Thinking this might be a damp fizzle out for the GC riders as I sit up watching tonight…Posted 8 years ago
LOOK AT THAT DRIBBLE.Posted 8 years ago
Yep was a good stringy dribble, powerhouse of a ride though 😀Posted 8 years ago
Yep all go up front and all limp in the peloton, looks like they have decided that Gallopin will not hold out tomorrow. So all on for the mountains tomorrow and chuck in Bastille day and it will be all fireworks.Posted 8 years ago
Tony Martin, no not that one, played a blinder.Posted 8 years ago
Top marks to Gallopin… For his girlfriend. Nice.Posted 8 years ago
Well look at that top ten. It’s all worked out perfecly.Posted 8 years ago
Quite an odd stage to have a Martin – Cancellara 1 – 2.. Great display of riding.Posted 8 years ago
Lets hope Gallopin does a Thomas Voeckler and fights like a superhero to keep that jersey.Posted 8 years ago
Although let’s hope he doesn’t in any way ride or act like Voeckler, as Voeckler is pretty much the worst rider in the peloton and a complete nob..Posted 8 years ago
Cancellara working for former room-mate Gallopin towards the end there. Love Martin’s interview, in the last few kms “I was making 400, 500 watts easy as I couldnt feel the pain”.
Its a good day to be a Tony.
Although let’s hope he doesn’t in any way ride or act like Voeckler, as Voeckler is pretty much the worst rider in the peloton and a complete nob..
come off the fence 🙂 Isnt he nicknamed Hollywood within the peloton due to all his showboating?Posted 8 years ago
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