TDF 2022:- Stage 15: Rodez - Carcassonne 202.5km. ***Spoilers***

Stage 15: Rodez - Carcassonne 202.5km.

Start Time: 13-05CET.

The road to Carcassonne is often hilly and the ups and downs that lead to it can favour breakaways. A long and tricky stage awaits the peloton, with the relatively long Côte des Cammazes (actually it’s 10,6 at 4% ) that could be too hard for some of the fast men. Nevertheless, the organizers have tried to make sure that this day smiles on at least the sprinters. That’s provided that their team's work hard to control the day’s attackers, who still might manage to produce a surprise.



This time Rodez serves as the start hub of a transition stage to Carcassonne, a place in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The riders traverse undulating terrain. In the second hour of racing, the peloton will flow through the spectacular Tarn Gorge; the course then avoids the climbs over the Black Mountains; and the last 10 kilometers, on a descending false flat, have been designed to encourage the formation of echelons if there are crosswinds present.



Final Kms.

The finish will be in the same place as last year, quite technical and slightly uphill, where Mark Cavendish equaled Eddy Merckx’s record for the number of Tour stage wins.







What to Expect.
The balance of probability suggests that the stage will end in a bunch sprint, as it did, last year. However, that route being slightly flatter, it was the first ever Tour de France bunch sprint in Carcassonne.
Historically, the breakaway has always done extremely well when visiting the city.

Rodez

Population: 26,400
Specialities: aligot, tripous, Aubrac meats, cheeses (Laguiole, Roquefort, old Rodez), Marcillac wines, farçous (chard and sausage meat patties), old Rodez (cheese), Mandarelle (cake).

RODEZ AND CYCLING

Greg Van Avermaet's blossoming

For Greg Van Avermaet, one of the best finishers of his generation, everything started to click in 2015 in Rodez with a first stage win in the Tour de France that put an end to his reputation as a brilliant but unlucky rider. That day, the Belgian rider outwitted Peter Sagan in one of those battles that made their rivalry one of the most exciting in the peloton. Since then, Van Avermaet wore the Yellow Jersey for three days in 2016 and became Olympic champion in Rio before winning Paris-Roubaix in 2017 and wearing the Yellow Jersey again for eight days in 2018. In 2017, it was Michael Matthews who took his second stage victory in the Tour in the Aveyron prefecture. In 1984, a similar stage saw the only stage victory in the Grande Boucle of the late Pierre-Henri Menthéour. That year, nothing could stop the Renault-Gitanes team run by Cyrille Guimard. The day before Menthéour's victory, Pascal Poisson had won in Blagnac. Pascal Jules had already won a stage and the Renault team logically won the team time-trial in this edition. As for the Yellow Jersey, it was on the shoulders of another of their team-mates, Vincent Barteau. Soon he handed it over to team leader Laurent Fignon, who masterfully clinched his second Tour de France. Bernard Hinault finished ten minutes adrift.



Farçous.

Old Rodez

Marcillac wines


Along the Route.
Km 64

AMBIALET (Pop: 440)

The site is the result of the whims of the Tarn. The river meanders for 3 kilometres. On the isthmus thus created, probably the narrowest in Europe, it separates the village in two. This peninsula is attached to the valley by a thin string of rocks.



Carcassonne

Population: 48,200
Specialities: cassoulet (a universal cassoulet academy), petit carcassonnais (madeleine), Micheline, Or Kina (herbal liqueur). Wines of the Aude: Minervois, Cabardes, Corbières, Malepère, Limoux...

CARCASSONNE AND CYCLING

The burning of the Cité, a grandiose pyrotechnic show, attracts more than 500,000 people every year on the evening of Bastille Day. Among the riders who set Carcassonne ablaze, Jean Stablinski won a stage in 1962 in the middle of one of his best seasons, between a stage victory in the Tour of Spain, which he finished in sixth place, a new French champion title and above all his world championship title.



Cassoulet


Blanquette de Limoux














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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    I was in Carcassonne last month.

    It was very hot
    It was very windy
    Cassoulet is good, but it's not all that
    There was no sign that the Tour was coming in a month
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  • bianchi_dave
    bianchi_dave Posts: 847
    Little chance of echelons unfortunately. Just 3 to 6 mph wind forecast, from the south
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    Caleb and Jakob are not getting over that climb so won't aide the chase is my guess.. break may well make it .
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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,439
    Cassoulet is just beans and mini sausages with a lot more lard and you can't change my mind...
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,959

    Little chance of echelons unfortunately. Just 3 to 6 mph wind forecast, from the south

    Metro France reckon 20-30kph wind is on the cards for Carcassone. Trouble is it’s an Eastly, so tailwind.
    38C too.
    Going to remain very hot for all the remaining road stages.
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,548

    Caleb and Jakob are not getting over that climb so won't aide the chase is my guess.. break may well make it .

    That still leaves Alpecin, Trek and Bike Exchange to pull, potentially with a little help from Jumbo-Visma
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    OTOH a light headwind may be in the sprinters favour
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    edited July 2022
    ddraver said:

    Cassoulet is just beans and mini sausages with a lot more lard and you can't change my mind...

    To be fair there’s duck. And the sausages I had were standard size. But grainy. I can make it myself just as well though, with better sausages. I expected better as Lionel Bernie used to eulogise about it on the Cycling Podcast
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    I’m now a little annoyed that I didn’t get some duck legs when I did my shop earlier so I could make a tribute cassoulet. I could nip up there in morning perhaps
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,548
    Roglic abandons to recuperate. That's a big blow for Vingegaard
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  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,490
    Seems a bit selfish on the face of it.
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  • I think he might be dead weight at this point. Spent a lot of yesterday seemingly chasing or hanging on, and they only got one short turn out of him
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,206
    gsk82 said:

    Seems a bit selfish on the face of it.

    He's been injured since his crash on stage 5. That he's stayed in and contributed so much to the team effort shows that he's not selfish.
  • Pog said it was WvA who caused the split that isolated Jonas yesterday - wonder if he'll be a bit more circumspect going forward. Green is as good as wrapped up now
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    edited July 2022
    Magnus Cort is another DNS. The Danish downfall starts here.
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,076
    Time cut extended and feeding rules relaxed due to heat
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Simon Clarke is out with Covid
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  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    RichN95. said:

    Magnus Cort is another DNS. The Danish downfall starts here.

    He's not abandoned, he's just decided to break away.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,959
    RichN95. said:

    Magnus Cort is another DNS. The Danish downfall starts here.

    Also Covid apparently.
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  • Pog said it was WvA who caused the split that isolated Jonas yesterday - wonder if he'll be a bit more circumspect going forward. Green is as good as wrapped up now

    Nope! 😂
  • Splits on this first climb. Jonas very attentive today, Pogi having to chase
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,548
    Race in pieces again
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    What's happening... Why is WvA up the road?
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,548
    Mørkøv off the back alone, he's been a bit unwell last couple of days, was worried about getting past the time cut yesterday
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,548
    Honoré taking his turns, either because Fabio Jakobsen and Mørkøv are out of sorts or to make sure the break stays small and catchable
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    I suppose making the break of the day quickly will calm things down and give jumbo the day off
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  • What's happening... Why is WvA up the road?

    Cos he can I guess? Probably expected more people to make the break but BEX have policed the front hard
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    Riders make the race.

    If the sprinters let the gap grow they may never get them back given who they are

    If they chase to close they get counter attacked.. especially on that last climb.
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    Sprinters Got to chase leaving the break uncatchable without the sprinter teams help over that last climb making counters unlikely
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,643
    Roglic packed .... DNS?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm