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Last Post 07/15/2013 12:30 PM by Cosmic Kid. 23 Replies.
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07/13/2013 02:39 PM
Posted By Michael Carbajal on 07/13/2013 10:37 AM
Why be the first loser?

World Tour points
Keith Richards


07/13/2013 02:42 PM

The problem is the steepest pitches are early, then it gets "easy" so to speak, for a while. It will be interesting to see if they can crack Froome.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


07/13/2013 05:48 PM
The pitch eases once above tree line but the climb stays difficult. The exposure is high and each of the times I've ridden it the winds have picked up on the upper slopes.

I don't think it's like another Ax 3 at all. It's the longest finishing climb in the Tour. It's a difficult climb and it comes at the end of the longest stage of the Tour in one of the hottest parts of France. I reckon there will be some time won and some hope lost.

Can't wait.
Orange Crush


07/13/2013 06:11 PM
By it being like Ax I meant that it's a relatively easy to control stage for Sky up to bottom of climb after which Froome can theoretically do what he did at Ax. Stages 18-20 are lumpy all day and I suspect the Sky train will come apart which will make life much harder for Froome


07/13/2013 06:16 PM
There is still some important racing between now and then but I wonder if anyone will try to go long on the first ascent of L'Alpe d'Huez, descend like il Falco, and then attack L'Alp again? I know that's a ~60K move but it could work with two or three guys since its a climb, descent, climb.

The other thought is trying to gain half of the time deficit on AdH and the other half on stage 20 but that's a big gamble as well.

As for tomorrow, I think the best tactic is to attack early (K 225-230) and (try to) hold the gap once everyone is exposed near the top. The last K is a kicker.

Stage 16 also has potential for a shake up if played well.
Cosmic Kid


07/13/2013 10:56 PM
It can be hot on Ventoux and it can be very cold. When Ms. CK and I were there for the 2009 race, it was freezing most of the day. Warmed up slightly by the time the race came through, but still chilly.

2000 was also cold (and windy).

OC is spot-on, though.....from a race profile / tactics POV, tomorrow should be relatively easy for SKY to control up to Ventoux. Then it is Froome's job to seal the deal.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Keith Richards


07/14/2013 12:12 PM
Yup. And that he did.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


07/15/2013 12:24 PM
What was the deal with the Sky feed zone in the last 10k? Isn't the rule 20k? Seems a penalty of some sort should be in order. Froome is taking in energy while everyone else is forced to do without?

Cosmic Kid


07/15/2013 12:30 PM
No, apparently the race organization said that feeds would be allowed later in the race than the normal 20K.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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