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Stage 20 TdF 2015 - Modane Valfréjus/Alpe d'Huez**SPOILERS**

imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
edited July 2015 in Pro race
All good things have to come to an end...
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Croix de Fer in the other direction
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And the sanctified hill of Alpe d'Huez
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ITV Coverage starts at the same time as the race today at 1200

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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,892
    As usual, that well known fountain of misinformation is busy today:

    Rumour: https://twitter.com/petercossins/status/624873514001108992

    Probable reality: https://twitter.com/SimoneWarner/status/624846965118009344
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  • robnewcastlerobnewcastle Posts: 213
    You'd like to imagine Sky will keep hold of a few more riders to the foot of the Alpe than yesterday, loll. Will be a few riders determined to win the stage, Nibali to make a point to Froome, Froome already stated he'd like to win today, Quintana will probably go from foot of climb. Should be a cracking shoot out.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,033
    Just a taster of the Alpe from previous years, hopefully this is the atmosphere, not the toxicity we've seen toward Sky.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkUJa4ZzEpQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh_OA2imdqE
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
    edited July 2015
    Looking forward to a Great British rider win the tour today with clean style and class.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,033
    Looking forward to a clean Great British rider win the tour today with style and class.


    That's a huge ask for Geraint. He's miles back in the GC.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    You'd like to imagine Sky will keep hold of a few more riders to the foot of the Alpe than yesterday, loll. Will be a few riders determined to win the stage, Nibali to make a point to Froome, Froome already stated he'd like to win today, Quintana will probably go from foot of climb. Should be a cracking shoot out.

    I think if Froome can get to foot of Alpe d'Huez with team mate(s) then he will have had enough of a pleasant ride over Croix de Fer that he will contemplate winning on the MTF - then we could see Nano Q and Froomey go head to head from fairly low down. Froome is not as cold and dispassionate as he might appear - I think he wants to make a serious point as well as win; and that he will take risks to do so.

    However, If Froome is isolated on CdF then I think it will be team sky calculations that hold sway and Froome's ride up Ad'H will be measured and he will not take the risk.
  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
    Looking forward to a clean Great British rider win the tour today with style and class.


    That's a huge ask for Geraint. He's miles back in the GC.

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  • disgruntledgoatdisgruntledgoat Posts: 8,957
    If you're that desperate for a barney, just look in the mirror and say "FrenchFighter" 3 times.
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  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
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  • CrozzaCrozza Posts: 991
    I don't care who wins, as long as he's English speaking
  • JackPozziJackPozzi Posts: 1,191
    If you're that desperate for a barney, just look in the mirror and say "FrenchFighter" 3 times.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,033
    Just to clarify, it was the word style in association with Froome that I took objection to.

    An octopus in a spin-dryer was the description I liked most from 2013.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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    The Vikings are coming!
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    Looking forward to a clean Great British rider win the tour today with style and class.


    That's a huge ask for Geraint. He's miles back in the GC.


    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    The stage is short, i fear if its not real aggressive from the gun, the gc teams will be en masse at the foot of Alpe dHuez. Id like to see it smashed apart so the main players are isolated on the descent of croix de fer. Its not a difficult descent but its very fast so full speed ahead into the bottom of the alpe.

    If anyone gets away from froome at the bottom they'll have to be real strong to stay away once the worse is over. If froome has any team members with him i can't see anyone getting any time back.

    There you go internet punditry!!!! i predict a quick race and I'm available to work at Europsort immediately
  • LeePatonLeePaton Posts: 353
    I am so desperate for a mental banzai attack from the bottom of climb.

    Don't care who, even Froome, just someone really light it up.
    It's not so much about winning, I just hate losing.
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    What's that sound?
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    What the heck is that? Can't you hear it?!
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    Aahhh, it's just Lars bossing about in the break..
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,941
    Cav's trying to get in the break! :shock:
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,033
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    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
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  • Estimated finish time today GMT please anyone?
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  • Estimated finish time today GMT please anyone?

    15:30

    I'm guessing it is slightly earlier than normal due to the long transfer to Paris
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  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Just seeing Cav trying to get into break made me think of cut off times - and then ITV did an idiots guide to it. So... today is a Coefficient 5 day and is 110.5 km long.

    A fast time would be (34.9kph) 3 hours 10 minutes - this would give a cut-off time of 3 hours 40 mins and 24 s
    A slow time would be (31.6kph)3 hours 30 minutes - this would give a cut-off time of 3 hours 57 mins and 18 s

    Crack on the Croix de Fer and 30 mins on a fast ascent of the Alpe could be tightish.

    43km of the 110 are climbing today
  • Estimated finish time today GMT please anyone?

    15:30

    I'm guessing it is slightly earlier than normal due to the long transfer to Paris

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  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    Hearing the klaxon, Lars gives the fans a nod.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,033
    edited July 2015
    The big race today is the KOM.

    If the four riders in the break stay away and crest tile Croix de Fer then there are 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 points left to gain

    Current standings:

    1. FRABARDET Romain 12 AG2R LA MONDIALE 90 pts
    2. GBRFROOME Christopher 31 TEAM SKY 87 pts
    3. ESPRODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joachim 91 TEAM KATUSHA 78 pts
    4. DENFUGLSANG Jakob 3 ASTANA PRO TEAM 64 pts
    5. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 51 MOVISTAR TEAM 56 pts
    6. BELPAUWELS Serge 218 MTN-QHUBEKA 55 pts
    7. FRAROLLAND Pierre 121 TEAM EUROPCAR 54 pts
    8. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 47 pts
    9. POLMAJKA Rafal 45 TINKOFF-SAXO 40 pts
    10. AUSPORTE Richie 35 TEAM SKY 40 pts

    So probably a little sprint between Bardet, Pauwels, Rolland and J-Rod, if they haven't been dropped.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    The big race today is the KOM.

    If the four riders in the break stay away and crest tile Croix de Fer then there are 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 points left to gain

    Current standings:

    1. FRABARDET Romain 12 AG2R LA MONDIALE 90 pts
    2. GBRFROOME Christopher 31 TEAM SKY 87 pts
    3. ESPRODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joachim 91 TEAM KATUSHA 78 pts
    4. DENFUGLSANG Jakob 3 ASTANA PRO TEAM 64 pts
    5. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 51 MOVISTAR TEAM 56 pts
    6. BELPAUWELS Serge 218 MTN-QHUBEKA 55 pts
    7. FRAROLLAND Pierre 121 TEAM EUROPCAR 54 pts
    8. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 47 pts
    9. POLMAJKA Rafal 45 TINKOFF-SAXO 40 pts
    10. AUSPORTE Richie 35 TEAM SKY 40 pts

    So probably a little sprint between Gadret, Pauwels, Rolland and J-Rod, if they haven't been dropped.

    *Raises eyebrow*
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  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Anyway, looks like Quintana happy with stage win and second?
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  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    edited July 2015
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