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Old 07-09-11, 11:31 AM   #1
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GC Post Stage 8

Will Thor keep yellow until Thursday?
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Old 07-09-11, 11:49 AM   #2
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No. It would be a massif task. Stage 9 will be a step up in climbing.
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Old 07-09-11, 12:02 PM   #3
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If the GC guys ride as safely as today maybe. Cheers to Vino for lighting it up, even though it didn't work. Nevertheless, I hope there's more attacking amongst GC contenders tomorrow.
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Old 07-09-11, 12:06 PM   #4
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I was cheering for vino when I saw him go. Sad did not work. Well BMC had to chase because vino can TT and climb the same than cadel. I dont what contador will do, probably the best he can do now is just dont do nothing and let AS to panic. There is a problem with that tho....
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Old 07-09-11, 12:24 PM   #5
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Maybe. Depends on what the GC guys do tomorrow.
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Old 07-09-11, 12:30 PM   #6
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since he held onto the yellow today *and i thought it likely he would pass it to cadel today*, he should be able to hold onto it tomorrow. garmin-cervelo
is doing an outstanding job and it looks like thor would have some time to recover after the hardest climbs and have the team guide him to the finish.
the last 50+ kilometers trend downhill; the ferocious part is in the middle.

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Old 07-09-11, 12:43 PM   #7
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Definitely tomorrow will decide if he loses it or keeps it for three more days. I was thinking along the same lines as ooga-booga: their is a chance to chase back on after the last cat 2. If it was ending on a cat 2 he would have no chance.
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Old 07-09-11, 12:59 PM   #8
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gilbert has amazed this first week. we all knew he was a special rider in the classics but the consistency so far at the tdf has been fun to watch. will be interesting to see if he still has the legs, post-pyrenees, to contest stage 16 and possibly 17 as those seem to be the only stages he'd be capable of challenging for. maybe he will just transition into a super-domestique for van den broeck. or maybe...just maybe, he will fight for the green jersey the whole way. that seems a more likely reality vs a high podium finish for van den broeck. rooting for gilbert to win the green.
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Old 07-09-11, 01:14 PM   #9
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I think he should be able to hold it tomorrow considering it's a flat finish so not much infighting so go on during the climbs. He may be totally wiped after today though, so we'll just have to see.
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Old 07-09-11, 01:37 PM   #10
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No. It would be a massif task.
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Old 07-09-11, 01:40 PM   #11
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Don't like his chance because stage 9 will be fairly nasty and I think he'll be too taxed. He's certainly in great form but 8 2 and 3 climbs tomorrow will likely splinter the field a bit leaving probably 40 rides finishing in the peleton and that doesn't include GC guys breaking away.
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Old 07-09-11, 02:32 PM   #12
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I think he should be able to hold it tomorrow considering it's a flat finish
It's not a flat finish. Last 1.5kms is 6.1% uphill gradient. Not as bad as todays 7.2% but still not flat.
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