|Watch the Tour tomorrow . . .||ms|
Jul 22, 2003 10:25 AM
|I am just back from France (I have a long post below). I drove over the course of tomorrow's stage and rode the first climb. The grade on the two major climbs approaches 15%. Although yesterday's stage was epic, I think that tomorrow's stage has the potential to be even more dramatic. The Col du Soudet and the Col du Bagargui may not be well-known now, but I have the feeling that after tomorrow, they could become legendary. Bagargui makes the Tourmalet look easy. Many people think that this year's tour will be decided by the final time trial. I think that tomorrow likely could be the determinative day.|
|Run out to finish is too long...||biknben|
Jul 22, 2003 10:37 AM
|It may be an epic day but I doubt it will offer many fireworks among the GC contenders. The climbs are too early and the run out to finish isn't flat enough.
I hope I'm wrong.
|I agree, look for insignificants to form a fairly large breakawa||bigrider|
Jul 22, 2003 12:04 PM
|y loaded with guys an hour down from the GC. Jan and Lance won't chase and one of breakaway guys will win the stage. I don't think the contenders will attack too hard on the hills because of the time trial. Maybe Mayo or Vinokorouv hoping they can gain some time because they won't get chased too hard because they are not excellent time trialers.|
|I rode this course last week...||Mariowannabe|
Jul 22, 2003 12:32 PM
|in l'etape. Its a hard course, alright. Particularly Bagargui. But, as was said above, the long run out after the last climb will give the Lance/Jan/Vino a lot of time to correct any damage done. Watch the descent down Soudet - I wouldn't be surprised to see a crash!|
|Well . . . Semi-spoiler inside||ms|
Jul 23, 2003 11:58 AM
|I was right that this was a stage to watch, but for the wrong reason. I never imagined it would unfold as it did. But, I am not complaining. I have been at work, so I only have the net coverage of the race, but I can't wait to get home to watch it on TV tonight.|| |