Who wants to go first?....
Who wants to go first?....
Big tex is going to jail. Fingers crossed.
1) Levi does attack today. I am not saying it will work, or be very strong, but he will.
2) Evans, Levi, Rasmussen, Kloden, or Contador crack on this stage
3) Winner, Contador
I think Kloden has to try something. He and Levi are still in contention if they can take some time out of Rasmussen. Granted, they will both need to have the time trial of their lives, and hope that Rasmussen faulters on Saturday, but it's not impossible. That is, if they can take some time back tomorrow.
I guess I wish I knew who was receiving the most recent blood transfusion.
It won't be Kloden
Rasmussen must have the best chance, he has to go this time and not wait for Contador to attack
Soler goes early to get KOM points. Expect some attacks to follow him. MR and AC will battle this one out. They'll wait till Col de la Pierre or maybe Col de Marie-Blanque to attack. If Contodor is strong, I think he will be the first to go, but Rasmussen will keep him close enough to protect his lead.
I pick Contador FTW. It could go either way.
Contador, with Rasmussen a few seconds down.
I'd like to see Soler win another stage...it'll be interesting to see how he does on some of the really nasty climbs.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.
Levi will be the third GC contender to finish.
Wim Vansevenant will DESTROY EVERYBODY!!!!
Here's hoping that Levi doesn't get caught and draws up on Ras and Contador.
"What makes a great endurance athlete is the ability to absorb potential embarrassment, and to suffer without complaint. I was discovering that if it was a matter of gritting my teeth, not caring how it looked, and outlasting everybody else, I won. It didn't seem to matter what sport it was--in a straight-ahead, long-distant race, I could beat anybody. If it was a suffer-fest, I was good at it."
- Lance Armstrong, My Journey back to Life
MR will crack. The pressure of the press and aligations are getting to him. Contador looks fresh and ready to go. Levi is ready to give himself up. I look for George and Popo to go early. Levi will pull hard with only Contador and MR able to follow. Contador will then attack and bridge across to Popo and hincapie. I can hope ya know. I wuldnt be suprised either.
By his own admission, Levi lacks the game to launch a serious attack. I am saddened by this, but I think this marks a turning point in Levi's career. He's done as a #1.
At least before the sample B's come back, Contador. Of the top ten, I see him finishing first. (Not to say an unknown, perhaps clean, rider won't beat him to the line.)
I think "attack" will be a matter of semantics. It looks, to me, as if most of the big players have expended all they've got. Without some serious chemical enhancement (and I'm not talking Enzyte), none of them is going to play the way they did yesterday.
Who's the French national champion? (Sorry, but I forget his name.) After the sample B's come back, I see him as the official winner. It might take two years -- but it will come. And no European lab is going to have a problem with his sample B's.
Bob Roll FTW.
I would be suprised to see Levi launch an early attack. If he could keep up with Ras and AC, he would have on stage 14 and 15. I think Levi will look to put time into Evans once Ras and AC are gone. When AC attacks, Ras will follow and Evans will chase. Levi will follow Evans until there are a few km's left then Levi will drop Evans. I don't believe Levi has any intention or ability to keep up to Ras and AC. An early attack by Levi will ruin his chance to put time into Evans on the final climb. Levi is racing for third. As much as I like Ras, I think AC will drop Ras by 30secs to a minute on the final climb. However, I can't see Ras completely cracking on the last mountain stage after a rest day with a couple near rest days to follow. I highly doubt Ras will attack at all. He has no reason to attack. He has enough time on the other contenders to win. It's up to AC to drop Ras.