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Why is it called a the queens stage ?
Last Post 09/01/2013 02:02 AM by Coup de Pedale. 7 Replies.
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Ride On

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08/23/2013 07:20 PM
In stage racing they always have a stage called the queens stage. Where did the expression come from? I understand that the queens stage is the stage with the most climbing in it but why call it the queens stage? Is it the one stage the queen is supposed to come out and watch? Why not the king?
79pmooney

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08/24/2013 02:41 AM
I believe the queen stage refers to the stage with the race's highest elevation. Doesn't answer your question as to why.

Ben
CERV

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08/24/2013 03:55 AM
chess?
Entheo

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08/24/2013 07:39 AM
Posted By CERV __ on 08/24/2013 03:55 AM
chess?


most powerful piece on the board.
Yo Mike

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08/24/2013 10:05 AM
Likely origin.
laurentja

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08/26/2013 05:12 PM
Queen: A flamboyant homosexual, usually male, always FABULOUS.

Winning the queen stage is extra-SPECIAL...
flahute

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08/29/2013 08:24 AM
It's not the "queens stage" or "queen's stage", it's the "queen stage" ... it's called that because it's designed to be the hardest, most demanding stage of the race; the stage that will have the biggest effect on the overall results.

The origin of the phrase comes from chess; named after the queen, which is the most powerful piece, and which typically can have the biggest effect on the game.

In cycling, as in chess, sometimes there can be surprises ... (doping aside), Marco Pantani's overall win in the 1998 Tour de France was an amazing spectacle by a pure climber; which he primary accomplished on the Queen Stage over the Galibier, roundly defeating Jan Ullrich, who would generally have been seen as the favorite (the queen).

This was the equivalent of a bishop capturing the queen and forcing checkmate; absolutely brilliant.
laurentja

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09/01/2013 02:02 AM
Maybe. I like my explanation.
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