TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

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TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Blazing Saddles » Sun Jul 14, 2019 13:52 pm

Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - Stage 10 - 217,5 km

Just when the riders think they should be on their first rest day, they get this: 217kms of the constantly rolling, heavy roads of the Massif Central. Easy, non? The 10th stage of the Tour de France is a race between Saint-Flour and Albi, venturing into the volcanic territory of the Aubrac.

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The 2013 Tour de France saw its last finish in Albi. 23-Year old Peter Sagan won the bunch sprint ahead of John Degenkolb and Daniele Bennati. That stage came from the south, Montpellier. Stage 10 in the 2019 Tour de France comes from the north. Saint-Flour will be the departure place. The Aubrac, a volcanic and granitic plateau at an elevation of around 1,200 metres, is an intermediate passage, as are four moderate climbs.

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The riders tackle the Côte de Mallet (2.2 kilometres at 5%),

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Côte de Chaudes-Aigues (3 kilometres at 6.6%), Côte d’Espalion (5.2 kilometres at 4.9%) and Côte de la Marlic (3.6 kilometres at 4.7%),

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while the rest of the route is not exactly flat either. Yet, the undulating terrain is unlikely to obstruct a bunch sprint in Albi.

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A bunch sprint is the most likely outcome in the shadow of the gigantic Albi Cathedral. Although the route follows the constant undulations of the Aubrac, the sprinters' teams should be able to control the breakaway. After all, their chances are scarce this Tour de France, so they should seize the opportunity when it presents itself.

*** Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan
** Peter Sagan, Michael Matthews, Alexander Kristoff
* Christophe Laporte, Giacomo Nizzolo, Jasper Stuyven

Saint-Flour
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Population: 7,130. 24,820 for the municipalities of Saint-Flour Community.
Of the three stages of the Tour to finish in Saint-Flour, it was undoubtedly the one clinched by Richard Virenque on Bastille Day in 2004 which made a lasting impression. Gone with Axel Merckx, the Frenchman finally went solo to win with a five minutes lead over German Andreas Kloden and seized the polka dot jersey he was to take to Paris for the seventh time. It was his seventh and last stage victory on the Tour. Seven years later, in 2011, Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez took the stage honours ahead of Thomas Voeckler, who took back the yellow jersey he had held for ten days in 2004. The Frenchman that year completed his most successful Tour de France, finishing fourth overall.

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The walls
Camped on its basaltic rock, Saint-Flour was in the 14th century a fortress of strategic importance, protected by an enclosure of crenelated ramparts, lined inside a walkway. In Saint-Flour, the men of the Middle Ages made the city a formidable bastion, often besieged but never conquered. The circuit of the ramparts is a great introduction to the art of medieval defence. Today, the base of the ramparts remains and run along the ridge of the rock.

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Specialties: cheese (Fourme d'Ambert, Cantal, Bleu d'Auvergne), truffles, aligot, Salers and Aubrac meats, Pounti (meat stuffing with herbs and prunes), T

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ripoux, blond lentils.

Albi
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Population: 51,153. 83,000 in the 17 municipalities of the agglomeration
In 2013, while Albi had just been elected "Most Sporting City of France" of the year 2012, it was Peter Sagan who had prevailed in the prefecture of Tarn at the end of a long stage part of Montpellier. It was Slovakian's fourth stage victory and allowed him to widen the gap in his race to win the green jersey.

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Albi is the hometown of Lilian Calmejane, solo winner of Les Rousses in the Tour 2017 and one of the most admirable forwards of the current peloton.
Some very big names in cycling won in Albi, starting with the biggest of all, Eddy Merckx, who had taken a time trial in 1971. In 2007, it was Cadel Evans who triumphed too in a lone effort. Another winner of the Tour, Roger Pingeon took the top step from Font-Romeu in 1968.

Sainte-Cecile cathedral
The cathedral of Albi, built from 1282, is the largest cathedral made of brick in the world. It is 113 metres long and 35 metres wide. Alone of its kind, it is monumental thanks to a style typical of south-western France known as southern gothic. Set on one of the hills of the city, it bears witness to the strength of the Catholic faith after the Cathar heresy. Its originality is reinforce by the interior decoration, a true museum of Christian art. It is the only cathedral in Europe whose walls and vaults are entirely painted on a surface of about 18,500 m2.

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Specialties: salted liver radish, Albi tripes, duck, repountchou (omelette, salad or custard dish),

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Lautrec pink garlic, traditional pastries, navettes. Gaillac AOC wines (dry, sweet and pearly white, red and rosé),

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Albi distilleries, Belin and Thuries chocolate makers.
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Above The Cows » Sun Jul 14, 2019 16:56 pm

We're still in the Auvergne/Aubrac regions for stage 10 so we stay with the same breeds as stage 9 but they are quite marvelous so who cares...

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Alejandrosdog » Sun Jul 14, 2019 17:04 pm

Nice cows!

A general downhill trajectory I predict a bunch finish.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby underlayunderlay » Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:05 pm

Alejandrosdog wrote:Nice cows!

A general downhill trajectory I predict a bunch finish.


Shame he crashed out, really, as having had a career with a general downhill trajectory Teejay VG would have been a perfect fit for this stage...


Meanwhile, I'm pleased to see that the general theme of this year's tour paying tribute to cycling legends continues with the first climb:

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Pross » Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:11 pm

I'm surprised at that final climb meriting a 3rd cat rating given there have probably been numerous harder climbs in the last few days that went uncategorised. I could understand in some of the flatter areas of France but you'd think it would make 4th cat at most on these lumpy days.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby SpecialGuestStar » Sun Jul 14, 2019 23:22 pm

Calmejane was looking forward to this stage into his home town. Don't think he was expecting to be over an hour down

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby RichN95 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 23:45 pm

Above The Cows wrote:Image

This horse is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. He (I'm assuming he) has been spending a lot of time in the gym after his divorce but he's not updated his hairstyle since the 90's when he was really into Pulp.
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Ridgerider » Mon Jul 15, 2019 08:23 am

Whilst he may be going to the gym to try and rediscover his inner muscles, he cannot hide the fact that his heavy beer drinking has led him to be carrying too much timber.
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby bobmcstuff » Mon Jul 15, 2019 08:48 am

Pross wrote:I'm surprised at that final climb meriting a 3rd cat rating given there have probably been numerous harder climbs in the last few days that went uncategorised. I could understand in some of the flatter areas of France but you'd think it would make 4th cat at most on these lumpy days.

Climb categorisation is pretty arbitrary - they do it as much to stimulate the racing as anything else.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Pross » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:16 am

bobmcstuff wrote:
Pross wrote:I'm surprised at that final climb meriting a 3rd cat rating given there have probably been numerous harder climbs in the last few days that went uncategorised. I could understand in some of the flatter areas of France but you'd think it would make 4th cat at most on these lumpy days.

Climb categorisation is pretty arbitrary - they do it as much to stimulate the racing as anything else.


I appreciate that but this one seems more arbitrary than most given the overall terrain of the last few days. If they were somewhere in the west where it is generally a bit flatter it would make more sense but 3.8km at a pretty consistent 4.2% gradient just doesn't seem worthy of a 3rd Cat rating after what they've been over in the previous 2 stages.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Alejandrosdog » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:24 am

i dont know about the riders but im getting TDF fatigue

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby mididoctors » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:10 am

Who is in. The break?
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Blazing Saddles » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:25 am

mididoctors wrote:Who is in. The break?


Gallopin, Berhane and some real jokers.
All a bit pointless and the peloton aren't giving them an inch.
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby ShutupJens » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:33 am

Ahh man so thrown off by today not being a rest day. Will be all over the place all week now

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby bobmcstuff » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:18 pm

Alejandrosdog wrote:i dont know about the riders but im getting TDF fatigue

I thought it was going to be a rest day.

I need some time to recover after the cricket.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby KingstonGraham » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:21 pm

Wha? Not a rest day?
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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Pross » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:30 pm

KingstonGraham wrote:Wha? Not a rest day?


Bastille Day off for the Frenchies presumably with the day itself falling on a Sunday so they obviously don't want to waste it with a rest day.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby KnightOfTheLongTights » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:52 pm

Not a thrilling stage but LOVE this part of France. Superb touring country for anyone with a couple of weeks and a couple of panniers.

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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Mad_Malx » Mon Jul 15, 2019 13:10 pm

RichN95 wrote:
Above The Cows wrote:Image

This horse is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. He (I'm assuming he) has been spending a lot of time in the gym after his divorce but he's not updated his hairstyle since the 90's when he was really into Pulp.


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Re: TDF 2019: Stage 10, Saint-Flour > Albi 15/07/2019 - 217,5 km *Spoilers*

Postby Above The Cows » Mon Jul 15, 2019 13:37 pm

Ned Boulting definitely reads this forum.

He's just mentioned the possibility of a "red alert ***KLAXON***" for possible echelons.
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