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Old 06-17-09, 09:50 PM   #1
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TdF Stage 20 - Saturday July 25 - 167 km - Montélimar → Mont Ventoux





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Old 06-18-09, 03:53 AM   #2
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may be very similar to last year's alpe d'huez stage where the favorites marked each other for nearly
the entire race and sastre had the best legs/team that day. made for a really boring overall tour though. how many teams are going to send a rider in the inevitable breakaway to help out their gc guy on ventoux? some podium dreams & aspirations are gonna get crushed july 25th.
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I think a lot will already be sorted out by the TTs and stages 16 and 17.
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stages 16 & 17 have those downhill finishes that will undoubtedly help those dropped near the
last summit. they'll have time to form a chase group to catch any escapees high up on the classification.

the itt on stage 18 will be less than an hour's work for the riders; not sure it's long or difficult enough
to really separate the top riders.

one or two of the contenders will have a bad day on one of these 3 stages but most will likely remain closely
bunched up on time and finish together. really reminds me of last year with the back to back of
prato nevoso/col de bonette monster stages where essentially, there were no significant changes.
both of those stages struck me as being harder than anything offered up on #'s 16 & 17 this year.
the gc boys were biding their time till alpe d'huez; this year it's mont ventoux.

someone that had a bad first week in the pyrenees & 10 minutes down would be my pick to win either
stage 16 or 17 and possibly vault back into contention.

will be interesting to see how much of an effect the radio-free mountain stage 13 has on the top 15 riders.
if it's on a day of poor weather, this and not the ventoux stage may be the decisive point or the
oscar pereiro moment if you will.
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I think that we'll have things well sorted out by this point, but someone is going to have to mount a desperate "last gasp" effort here, so it will be fun to watch.
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If Contador is in control at this point or out of contention, I'm betting that Armstrong takes flight on this stage to finally win on Ventoux.

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This stage is where Andy Schleck gets on the podium and Lance go off. Though I will be rooting for Lance.
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This stage is where Andy Schleck gets on the podium and Lance go off. Though I will be rooting for Lance.
Probably, hopefully LA will build enough of a lead in IT, and seeing as he has always gotten stronger as the race goes one, he might be able to hold on to the podium. I see Wiggins possibly blowing up on one of the remaining stages and losing his podium spot.
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Taking out the first 5k of the climb i did some math on the remaing 16k's grade. 16.1km at 8.7%. yikes!
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I am going to watch this, just wondering which KM wold be best to watch from?
The last 3 km's (19, 20 and 21) will be too busy either behind barriers or 3 people deep. so I was thinking at around 13. but then thats in the woods and might not be far enough up to see the splits?
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165! Squeeze in there!!! And take pictures!!!!
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Let the battle for 3rd place begin!
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Can't wait for this stage!! There's nothing left to hold back on!
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It will be interesting to see Astana's strategy.

Clearly their priority is getting Lance on the podium--I don't see how anyone can doubt this anymore.
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It will be interesting to see Astana's strategy.

Clearly their priority is getting Lance on the podium--I don't see how anyone can doubt this anymore.
Can't blame them, Astana would LOVE the media coverage! Who wouldn't right? A sweep would've been unreal for the team!
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Can't blame them, Astana would LOVE the media coverage! Who wouldn't right? A sweep would've been unreal for the team!
Yet strange such lofty heights were never a goal back in the Seven/Postal/Discovery days.

Bruyneel said it best himself yesterday: "If you want everything you end up with nothing".

Lance on the podium is all about 2010. We can't begin to imagine how valuable that is in pure cash money to anyone who has hitched themselves to that train.
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Yet strange such lofty heights were never a goal back in the Seven/Postal/Discovery days.

Bruyneel said it best himself yesterday: "If you want everything you end up with nothing".

Lance on the podium is all about 2010. We can't begin to imagine how valuable that is in pure cash money to anyone who has hitched themselves to that train.
It's not strange when you see where they were before yesterday's stage... there was a chance. It really is like a no-hitter, perfect game, etc, it's not really what you are going for initially, but come the 7th or 8th, or whatever, inning, you see it's a possibility and you go for it!
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What do they give up by getting Lance on the podium? If it were early in the race I can see not wasting the energy, but I doubt if AC is compromised in any way by trying to get Lance 3rd.

I think there is a difference here because you are talking of a 7 time winner coming back after 4 years. That generates news, creates a buzz, and loosens purse string from sponsors.

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Bruyneel said it best himself yesterday: "If you want everything you end up with nothing".

Lance on the podium is all about 2010. We can't begin to imagine how valuable that is in pure cash money to anyone who has hitched themselves to that train.
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All I know is that I'm glad this is on a Saturday so I can watch the entire thing.
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