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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.
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