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Old 07-08-05, 06:53 PM   #1
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Stage 12: Briancon - Digne les Bains

Stage 12: Briancon - Digne les Bains, 187km

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Old 07-13-05, 12:45 PM   #2
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Another "flat" stage...

Atleast there is not 60km of flats before the climbing... should make for an interesting stage.
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With Climb and Sprint Points:


Looks like a picnic compared to today
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right. a 35 mph picnic.
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Actually from what I have read about Vino this stage should favor his style quite well. He is supposedly not so good on long climbs but most of these look shorter and flater. His explosive power should come to the forefront again. It will be interesting to see if the Disco boys let him launch out again like a Roman Candle or whether they will be content with the lead and let Vino possibly ride himself out before the Pyrenees.
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As it's Bastille Day, I'll take a shot and call it a win for Laurent Brochard or David Moncoutie.
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Vino just completed one of the hardest rides imaginable, riding without the support of the peloton or his team on one climb after another. So, you'd think he would take it easy on Stage 12. But, Vino always goes all out when he is feeling strong. So, if he is feeling good, he will go for another win on Stage 12.

Vino may never win the Tour. But, theTour is never when boring if Vino is riding well.

And, Basso has been lurking just behind the leaders, waiting to make a move. He seems to be looking for a day where he has a shot at taking two or three minutes from Lance. His best shot is in the mountains, so Basso needs to make his move soon, or be back in the "wait until next year" game.
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Old 07-13-05, 08:02 PM   #8
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Will Sastre Launch Basso off at the col du corobin.. or will it be Klodi and Jan ... time will tell ...
A Frenchman will break at the beginning.

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Stuey O'Grady's stage this one.
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what's the deal with Riis not supporting Voigt? he just missed the cut off by less than a minute, Riis should have assigned someone to pace Voigt in! Now CSC is down another rider, this is only going to hurt them.
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what's the deal with Riis not supporting Voigt? he just missed the cut off by less than a minute, Riis should have assigned someone to pace Voigt in! Now CSC is down another rider, this is only going to hurt them.
He was going to assign David Zabrinske.
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He was going to assign David Zabrinske.
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He was going to assign David Zabrinske.
Everyone's assigned to making sure the invisibility cloak stays on Basso
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I'm sure he would. Thanks for the information, I'm not sure what I would have done without it.
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13:37 - Beltran Abandons

Manuel Beltran crashed on the first climb of the stage. The Spanish rider who is a key ’domestique’ for the Discovery Channel team has just abandoned because of the injuries he sustained in the fall. There are 164 riders still in the 92nd Tour.

This is a bit of a hitch in the Disco machine... I'm sure Lance won't be happy about this!

Also, Boonen is no longer in the race, so I think the green is wide open again!
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That stinks that Boonen had to abandon. I guess that the green jersey has opened up again to a competition.

They didn't MAKE Hushovd wear the Green Jersey?
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I don't really want to see him win either. Not sure he would really care enough about any of us here to gesture to us though. But I guess if you feel the need ...
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Beltran Abandons...Not good. He was a key pace maker on the Disco train. He was suffering from a bit of tendenitous in his knee and was the first to pull offf the train yesterday. So not as big of a hit as if he was 100% healthy.

Boonen abandons as well?? What happened? Looks like Robbie Mcewan and his early stage DQ has come back to life.

ps. That DQ was bs.
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Boonen abandons as well?? What happened?
Swollen knee after a crash yesterday.
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As it's Bastille Day, I'll take a shot and call it a win for Laurent Brochard or David Moncoutie.
Good call. I had Moncoutie in the final top 10 which was perhaps a bad call. He's no three week racer but he's having a good year.
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IMO one of the beautiful things of pro cycling and the Tour de France. A lone rider coming into town for a stage win, surrounded by screaming spectators. Particularily a French rider on Bastille Day.
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Stage 12:

1. David Moncoutie (France) COF - 187km in 4h20’06" (43.137km/h)
2. Sandy Casar (France) FDJ at 57"
3. Angel Vicioso (Spain) LSW at 57"
4. Patrice Halgand (France) C.A at 57"
5. Jose Luis Arrieta (Spain) IBA at 57"
6. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) LIQ at 57"
7. Axel Merckx (Belgium) DVL at 57"
8. Juan Manuel Garate (Spain) SDV at 57"
9. Thor Hushovd (Norway) C.A at 3’15"
10. Stuart O’Grady (Australia) COF at 3’15"
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As it's Bastille Day, I'll take a shot and call it a win for Laurent Brochard or David Moncoutie.
what a great educated guess!! i always remember how special it is in france for a frenchman to win on bastille day. it is the only day of the year i root for anything or anyone french.
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The GC contenders cruise in seven minutes after some French non-contenders. It looks as if Bastille Day was an unofficial "rest day" for the contenders. I guess after two days of brutal riding, the contenders deserved a day of relaxation.

And, the contenders are gonna relax again on Friday. Let the sprinters do their thing. Because on Saturday and Sunday, two stages of brutal climbing will test the top contenders to the limit.

The list of the "Top Five" contenders is going to look quite different on Sunday night than it does today. These two mountain stages are as challenging as Stage 15, in 1998, where Ullrich lost almost nine minutes to Pantani...one or more contenders will be non-contenders on Sunday night.

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