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Old 07-02-05, 12:45 AM
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Stage 9: Gérardmer - Mulhouse

Stage 9: Gérardmer - Mulhouse, 171 km

 
Old 07-04-05, 02:25 AM
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I'm pondering going to Mulhouse next Sunday to watch the stage finish (I live in Zürich, Switzerland - less than 2 hours drive away).
What time do you think I'd have to get into Mulhouse to secure a decent viewing position?
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Are you going to the finish line?

I'd get there as early in the morning as possible. Bring a friend and chairs and scope out your spot at the finish line. If it's going to be a popular stage, plan to get there around 6- 7am. Seriously.

I went to the Giro (which is what I'm basing my thoughts around), and I would get to the finish hours early. I would get there hours early, and the finish line would already be packed with spectators. Then you're stuck there for hours trying to inch yourself into a nice position so you can have a nice photo finish and a spot for the presentation.

I'd even suggest getting a room on the French end of Switzerland if you can and leaving out at around 4am. That may be less stressful for you.

If you take pics, be sure to post them here!

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Thanks ... hrmm.. sounds like unless I'm a real groupie, I may as well watch it on TV :-)

We'll see if I can haul my pokey a** outta bed that early to drive out to France...
Of course I'll post pics if I go.
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You HAVE to watch it live if you can. It's your duty as an European living less than 3 hours away! Now go! And get a hotel room close to the border. You'll be ok.

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Old 07-04-05, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
You HAVE to watch it live if you can.
I can, I can! :-P

It's your duty as an European
If only ... I'm South African ... which means I'm the holder of a dodgy passport,
requiring a visa to enter any of our neighbour countries except Liechtenstein ...
and who the heck wants to go to Liechtenstein? :-)

living less than 3 hours away!
Now this, I can claim.

> Now go! And get a hotel room close to the border. You'll be ok.

I don't think my wife would be happy with me getting a hotel room to save an
hour's worth of driving .... And she'd not be able to come along with me either,
because there's no way a 7-month pregnant woman can last more than about an
hour away from a bathroom...
Perhaps I'll rally up support from other cyclists I know, and make a day trip of it..

I'm warming to the idea ... :-)
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omg, stage 9 is starting at 7:30 am tomorow they've been starting at 9:30 am here so far. They're probably going to show the hole thing, not just the last 2 hours, since it's the first real mountain stage.
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Hmm. Of course, I'm pulling for a giant Merckxian attack by Vino.. but I think it will be Valverde.. I don't know, actually. There are so many in-form guys right now, it's difficult to make a prediction.
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630am for me!! Damn eastern time zone!! 5hours of live broadcast.
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I am so interested to see if Kloden has made this "remarkable" jump into form...Perhaps this was in T-Mobile's strategy?
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Originally Posted by Bikeophile
I am so interested to see if Kloden has made this "remarkable" jump into form...Perhaps this was in T-Mobile's strategy?
Maybe.. he was doing absolutely terrible before the Tour. If he is back on form, it's great news.
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Agreed
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Perhaps Valverde will win a sprint among a 40-80 rider pack.
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Well Valverde got some extra time today...If he is on form, I am sure we'll see some attacks from him as well!! I'm all giddy!!! This is great!
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Originally Posted by The_Guru
I can, I can! :-P
If only ... I'm South African ... which means I'm the holder of a dodgy passport,
requiring a visa to enter any of our neighbour countries except Liechtenstein ...
and who the heck wants to go to Liechtenstein? :-)
I want to go. Please send me your passport.
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Originally Posted by TomM
I want to go. Please send me your passport.
LOL!
Well, it's an hour from Zurich ... if ever you pass through here, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction.

BTW, FWIW I've decided not to wake up at sparrowfart tomorrow morning to trek (eh?) out to Mulhouse... 5 hours round trip driving, 5 hours sitting around waiting ... for 10 mins of action? Naah - I'll watch it on the box, from the comfort of my bed
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I will lift my stage 1 proclamation that "it's over" if the attacks come as fast and furiously here as they did at the end of stage 8. I really want to see the peloton break the "blue train" for once.

My money is on CSC to kick it up a notch and deliver Basso to the line first. But that won't come without Ullrich, Vino, and Klöden tearing off on some of these climbs trying to open up a gap on Lance.
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I don't think this stage will have a decisive impact on the outcome of the race. 60k from the last peak, which is not that high, to the finish. Plenty of time to chase down any escapees.
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I really doubt any GC contenders will make or lose time here (besides bonuses). That flat stretch after the final climb is FAR too long for them.
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Originally Posted by Dolomiti
I really doubt any GC contenders will make or lose time here (besides bonuses). That flat stretch after the final climb is FAR too long for them.
Good point. I didn't look at the finish closely enough. So how will the finish play out?

Kudos to the Tour organizers for this year's route so far. Very competitive route that is giving the whole peloton something to work with.

Rasmussen will scoop up points early then fall in. I think this is a stage Valverde can make off with in that last 50km or so to the finish, particularly if it is a sprint finish.

Valverde
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Originally Posted by Bikeophile
630am for me!! Damn eastern time zone!! 5hours of live broadcast.
Thank goodness for Tivo. I checked, and it's caught the change in the times too... so I can go out and ride all morning and watch my commercial deleted Tour when I get back.

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Originally Posted by gcasillo
My money is on CSC to kick it up a notch and deliver Basso to the line first. But that won't come without Ullrich, Vino, and Klöden tearing off on some of these climbs trying to open up a gap on Lance.
In addition i would like to add Landis, Botero, Valverde and Horner to the mix.... Maybe Horner will try to break.. He has been finishing pretty high for SDV. I would love Landis to make a statement someplace... What will Leipheimer do?.. Jeez this is tough to predict... I predict that Rabobank will keep the polka dot jersey.. But I really dunno...
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My 2-cent prediction: someone deep in the G.C. that can climb, who will be allowed to escape to win the stage. My picks, in no particular order:

Iban Mayo, Michael Rogers, Chris Horner, Franco Pellizotti
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Poor guy...I was really hoping that he would recover and at least finish...but it IS his first TDF...he'll be back
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