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I think that the Tour is not going to win too many new viewers to the sport this year. I imagine that those potential viewers who don't understand the nuances of the sport will have tuned out by now. Anything to generate more interest or movement in the GC during this time period would help the casual viewer who can't appreciate the assault on the points jersey.
I disagree on the inclusion of the Pave. We saw what happened to Mayo, what if Armstrong, Ullrich or Hamilton had flatted in that first section and lost valuable time? I don't think we really want to see the GC decided by the random act of snake bitten tubes do we? Then again with the strength of their teams they may not have lost any time at all, but they certainly would have expended valuable energy. It's tough. The cobbles are part of the classic history of cycling, but do they have a legitimate role in a 3 week stage race?