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Keith Richards

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07/10/2013 01:19 PM
Valverde is going to ride to defend his podium spot as is Mollema as they are looking at their best result ever in Le Tour. it is up to Team Saxo-Tinkoff to put on their kamikaze bandannas and win or die with honor trying.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
pikeHillRoad

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07/10/2013 01:25 PM
Yeah, But I would add, despite public declarations:

Katusha
Garmin
Astana
BMC

All of those teams want stage wins, and will try in the mtns. Maybe not Cadel, but the rest... Of course, I am not sure what they can do against the guy who is clearly the strongest going uphill and also on the flat...

Keith Richards

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07/10/2013 01:32 PM
I am thinking of when Festina sent their entire team up the road to put Ullrich on the ropes the year he won in 1997. They had the front group down to 30 guys 50k into the stage and Ullrich was left alone and needed to rely on Udo and Riis to save him. Guys have to stop waiting to the last climb of the day and lay it out there.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
ChinookPass

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07/10/2013 01:37 PM
Guys have to stop waiting to the last climb of the day and lay it out there.


then guys like Quintana need to change to a really heavy bike for the descents!
jpouchet

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07/10/2013 04:06 PM
Expect team EuroCar to send Pierre Rolland flying off the front in his Polka-Dot nightmare costume for a stage win. The man has the legs and lungs to make it stick. Froome won't bother dragging the peleton along in pursuit.
Cosmic Kid

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07/10/2013 10:07 PM
Posted By Keith Jackson on 07/10/2013 01:32 PM
I am thinking of when Festina sent their entire team up the road to put Ullrich on the ropes the year he won in 1997. They had the front group down to 30 guys 50k into the stage and Ullrich was left alone and needed to rely on Udo and Riis to save him. Guys have to stop waiting to the last climb of the day and lay it out there.


Well, Movistar pretty much did that the other day. Basically TTT'd it for most of the day. Worked to some extent, but just couldn't get Froome to crack. Dunno how many days a team can do that though.....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
durielk

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07/10/2013 10:35 PM
I couldn't understand why Movistar kept pulling Froome that day. Why pull the yellow jersey, make him wait for his team or pull the group up to the breakaway.
Cosmic Kid

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07/10/2013 10:43 PM
They weren't pulling him per we, they were hoping to crack his team and eventually him. Almost worked......

Sometimes to get someone to crack, you just have to make it a long hard day for them. So that mean, for awhile, you are pulling them, but the pace is hardly one that is comfortable.

And sometimes the result of those tactics don't show up until later in the race when fatigue sets in......so maybe they didn't crack him in the Pyrennes, but it may set him up to crack in the Alps. (Not likely, though)
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
cabron fiber

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07/11/2013 12:51 AM
"They weren't pulling him per se..."
I think he was talking about a particular point in the stage when Valverde and some teammates were up the road and Froome was chasing. Didn't make sense that Movistar kept pulling after Froome caught.
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Ride On

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07/11/2013 06:27 AM
What they need is the weatherman to dial up a good old rain storm and see if Froome can get down a mountain in the rain any better then Wiggins. It's their only hope.
Entheo

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07/11/2013 08:18 AM
the weather has certainly been in favor of the favorites. a cold, windy rainy day can really shake things up, as it did for ullrich in 98 and the year voekler got something like 30 minutes on armstrong, which took him a long time to claw back. a nasty day could really put dan martin in the thick of things on GC.
Keith Richards

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07/11/2013 08:46 AM
Yeah, that third "C" of the three "Cs" of racing (course, competition, conditions) could really change things.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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07/11/2013 09:48 AM
Stages 18-20 offer best opportunity for cracking sky train.

Ventoux will just be a repeat of Ax
jookey

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07/13/2013 10:37 AM
You have to keep attacking sky and froome if you want to win. You may crack yourself, but isn't the idea to win the TDF? Why be the first loser?
stronz

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07/13/2013 01:45 PM
I see Froome trying to attack on the last few Km of Ventoux tomorrow and finding that he cant drop Conta, Valverde, Quintana and Rodriguez. Whether any of them attack is a question (Rodriguez might just do it tho) as they might be saving themselves a bit for the final TT and climbs. Ultimately i see someone further down (Schleck?) going for the win tomorrow.
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