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Old 06-30-11, 01:28 PM   #1
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Stage 17: Wednesday, July 20 179 km Gap → Pinerolo (IT)

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great descents on this one. going with cadel here.
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Philippe Gilbert for this one.
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After today's stage I'm really looking forward to this one. Could we see more of the same?
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Another long descent on the back. Is Thor up to it again?
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Go Voeckler! One more day!
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Conego is only 4:01 down right behind Basso. Any chance he could slip off in a break early? Or is he a marked man?
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Profile of the final climb: http://www.climbbybike.com/profile.a...ountainID=1942

If that profile is accurate, it looks rather bizarre... with some *very* steep sections.
Then the descent looks like 8km at negative 6.7% gradient. Though it's more like, very steep first 5km, then just a slight decline over the last 3km. Looks quite twisting on a map.
So no real section for a group of riders to draft to chase back an attacker, if they have a gap over the summit.
Should be plenty of action!
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Contador, evans and sanchez will drop the bros in the sastriere. Again they will lose more time going down hill. TV will crack tomorrow but who knows.
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Contador, evans and sanchez will drop the bros in the sastriere. Again they will lose more time going down hill. TV will crack tomorrow but who knows.
I think TV will hang. But he'll finish close to AC, Evans, and Sanchez. I wonder if the Schlecks will try to attack hard early on or make the mistake of letting Contador go first. Now their in the position of having to go hard after Evans.

Yesterday, may have been the start to a very exciting final week.

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They cant let anybody go tomorrow, thats the problem they have. Even basso that im expecting to be with them can be a big headache for them. It will be simple for AC tomorrow, just wait... one punch... wait again while maybe sanchez punch the second blow... the schlecks have to catch, wait again.... bam! contador again and taking evans and TV for sure for second day in a row.

Leopard as a team is tired, BMC will set the tempo but in the climbs I dont see more than 3 punches and the schlecks are going to be dead meat.
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The Spaniards doing the "Schleck 1-2" to drop the Schlecks... I like it.
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How is Cavendish climbing better than Farrar? That doesn't happen often.
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great descents on this one.
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How is Cavendish climbing better than Farrar? That doesn't happen often.
Hes proving a point to the big baby Farrar.
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How is Cavendish climbing better than Farrar? That doesn't happen often.
It does, actually. Yesterday Cavendish stayed close to the front until very late in the stage to cover any possible moves by Gilbert or Rojas. This stuff about him being unable to climb is a myth. He just doesn't waste energy on the climbs unnecessarily.

I fancy Boasson Hagen in the finish today. He'll need to stay with Chavanel, though.
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decent is brutal
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Boasson Hagen. Nice to be right once in a while, he looks in great form. Another terrific stage today, Contador must be disappointed not to stay away after that tremendous descent.
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Whoever finally takes the jersey from Voeckler will have truly earned it. That guy amazes me. Talk about guts.
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Was surprised not to see Armstrong in the Schleck/Evans group. Is he really that old?

Contador is not that far down. I think he can definitely make up 3 minutes in 2 days and beat Evans in the ITT.
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If AC is a better ITT-er than Schleck, how in the world did AS pull AC and Sanchez back on the final Kms?
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If AC is a better ITT-er than Schleck, how in the world did AS pull AC and Sanchez back on the final Kms?
Contador only had Sanchez with him to help pull once they hit the flatter section, while the Schlecks had Cadel, Peraud, Taaramae, Cunego, and Vanendert in their group.

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they were in a larger group containing evans, basso, cunego, etc...
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