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    Tour de France gearing?

    Is there any ONE place I can get info on the gear ratios the pros used at this years tour?

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    at a guess - id say most of them use 53 or 52 large Ring and 39 or42 small rings
    and either a 11-23 or 12-25 depending on the stage

    there might be a rider or 2 that use a compact on the very hilly stages- but i would not know.

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    I asked the same question a while ago. Read an article on Contador shifting up to his big ring to accelerate up Arcalis or Verbier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    I asked the same question a while ago. Read an article on Contador shifting up to his big ring to accelerate up Arcalis or Verbier.
    I guess I just want to get an idea of just how much more of badasses the pros are compaired to my self. Shifting to his BIG ring?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCNZL View Post
    at a guess - id say most of them use 53 or 52 large Ring and 39 or42 small rings
    and either a 11-23 or 12-25 depending on the stage

    there might be a rider or 2 that use a compact on the very hilly stages- but i would not know.
    You've described it as well as I've been able to ascertain. All of it and I DID spot compacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvonne View Post
    I guess I just want to get an idea of just how much more of badasses the pros are compaired to my self. Shifting to his BIG ring?!?!
    Didn't Bjarne Riis climb Hautacam entirely in his big ring the year he was juiced to his eyeballs?

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    http://www.steephill.tv/2009/tour-de...IC47278723.jpg

    check out this pic from stage 7. looks like he used the big ring up front and the biggest back too - cross-chain!

    http://www.steephill.tv/2009/tour-de...IC48933828.jpg

    and here's armstrong and kloden using small ring up front in stage 15. can't see which cog was it at the back.

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    I remember the commentators talking about gearing a little and specifically Lance Armstrong using a very small gear (39) because he likes to spin up these mountains. This was Ventoux.

    So based off that, I'm thinking most people in the race are using a small ring of 42. Yep, they are bad ass, but it's apples and oranges to compare yourself to them. This is all they do. They are gifted at it and are trained by a pro team and have equipment most of us simply can't afford or buy. It's like getting in your VW Rabbit and comparing yourself to Mario Andretti. If you want to really look at a fair comparison, go watch your local races and compare yourself to the local CAT 1/2's. You could possibly obtain that.
    Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.

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    There were some riders in the Giro last year who actually put on a triple for that nasty mountain TT

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    http://www.steephill.tv/2008/tirreno...03/260-037.jpg

    on a 21 degree climb in the 2008
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