Next week, the week of the 23rd I have been given the job by our local bike club to organize a viewing / pizza party for one of the stages. Pick a stage for the week of the 23rd that you think will be the most exciting to watch.
If you could do it Sunday for Stage 14, I think that would be most exciting. The day after the TT we should know a lot more in terms of who the real contenders are. Two HC climbs including a summit finish...I bet Stage 14 will have some serious attacks.
If Sunday doesn't count as "next week," I'd have to go with Stage 16 on Wednesday. Two Cat 1 climbs and two HC's with a summit finish again.
As much as I'd like to tell you that either stages 17 or 18 (te two stages I rode in May) are the ones to watch, it's pretty obvious that the ONE stage worth getting folk together for is stage 16 - mountaintop finishes FTW.
some of us boys from the states, midwestern section, have 2009 earmarked for the year we traverse and trudge something similar to what you have captured here. a great picture.
now, where were we, oh yes, stage 16 is how i cast my vote. later.