on Jul 18, 2018 at 01:24:05 PM
Albertville to La Rosiere 108.5km
2 X Huge HC climbs a Cat2 climb and a finishing Cat1 summit finish..
With GC riders needing to play catch up.
Thomas, Quintana, Bardet, Yates & Froome all need to be close at the finish, Alaphilippe looked dominant yesterday, outsiders to watch Latour, Pozzivivo & Barguil..
Early attacks and breakaways from Alaphilippe, Caruso & Barguil were counter attacked on several occasions, eventually it was Alaphillipe who capitulated with Dumoulin and Nieve joining the leaders on the final climb. Barguil slipped back and the GC contenders of Thomas, Martin, Froome, Quintana, Bardet took up the chase. Eventually Nieve was caught insight of the line by a resurgent Thomas who swept past in the final 200 metres,...
on Jul 16, 2018 at 10:20:42 PM
Stage 10 - Annecy > Le Grand-Bornand 158km
With 3 Cat 1 climbs a HC Cat climb and two other smaller climbs this has to be one of the hardest stages of this years race and will come as a shock to many riders, as so far there has been no climbing of note so far. The Tempo, Cadence and effort will all be different.
A Stage for GC contenders and purist Climbers, the race finish follows a steep decent. In my opinion, the three best descending climbers are.
However, a purist climber who is a long way back on GC may take this stage ahead of the GC riders.
on Jul 14, 2018 at 07:21:05 PM
Stage 9. Roubaix.
Several teams have specialist Riders who ride the Northern Classics. Although this is a shortened version of the Classic Paris - Roubaix, you will probably see the beefed-up equipment.28/32mm tyres width instead of the regular 23/25mm.
In total there are 15 of the 27 segments of cobbles/Paves from the Classic Roubaix in use. Several of the specialist riders will be on Guard Duty for their Team Leaders. Expect Mosconi to lead out Froome & Thomas.
What an amazing race from the start to the finish, if you missed it, watch the highlights or Catch-up. I couldn't take my eyes of this fantastic race. So much happened it would take a book to...
on Jul 13, 2018 at 07:49:59 PM
Just a comment on stage 7 It was a very quiet day at the Tour de France, with the regular sprinters fighting out a brief sprint, following what was more like a 230km Sunday Club Ride. Quite a pointless Stage without wind or bad weather which would have certainly spiced up this drab affair.
Dreux to Amiens is 181km and has a few Hills early on that may create some splits and in doing so dropping some of the sprinters. I expect Sagan and Colbrelli to make it through to the last 50km with the rest of the Peloton and that may be enough, the final 50km is flat and slightly downhill. Much depends on the early pace, a fast first half of this race could be destructive, but my feelings are with the Cobbles of Roubaix to come on Sunday,...
on Jul 12, 2018 at 10:13:27 PM
What a great finish to Stage 6 with Dan Martin holding off the late finish of Pierre Latour, just like I predicted (Well almost lol ). Stage 7 and its almost certainly back to the sprinters, the GC riders, Climbers and Puncheurs will gladly accept a quiet day off, but the chances of a breakaway sticking is slim. The Sprinters Teams will be keen to haul back any breakaways as we head towards the mountains.
The last 5km are relatively flat, but the last 300 metres is slightly uphill which could blow anyone who starts their sprint too early.
Gaviria, Sagan, Griepel, Colbrelli, Groenewegen, Cavendish, Kittel, Kristoff, Demare. For me Sagan is stand out rider but he's had a couple of really tough days and the lactic build up may be too much, Andre Griepel who looked...
on Jul 12, 2018 at 10:28:32 AM
181km relatively flat, fast and perfect for a breakaway. The last 20km has two Category 3 climbs with the second being a 2km climb of almost 7% to the Finish. Expect the sparks to fly on the final climb, it will be hard for any tired escapees to stay away. Watch out for Alaphilippe, Nibali, Martin and Gilbert who are Punchy Climbers (Puncheurs). Also look for specialist climbers who may not have the power to jump away from the Peloton but may grind away on this medium climb to wear away at those previously named. Porte, Barguil, Latour, Landa will all be doing their best work in the final 500 metres. I have been uninspired by the prices offered so far on the exchanges which have been poor. But I was up early and took an amazing price of 250/1 ew Warren Barguil for Stage 6 ...
on Jul 10, 2018 at 10:42:05 PM
Stage 3 & 4
A very predictable Time Trial in which BMC Rubber stamped their TT skills over Team Sky. What was interesting was that Bora managed to Drop their Yellow Jersey, Peter Sagan on the only short climb of the TT instead looking after the interests of R Majka in his GC quest.
Very flat race with not much releance to the overall GC until the last 15km with some minor incidents delaying a couple of riders. Gaviria taking Stage 4 from Sagan and the fast finishing Griepel.
With some hills and undulations, I really thought that all of the sprinters would be dropped. Cavendish was the first one to Hit the Wall, his lack of Race Fitness showing after two years of bad Shoulder and Collar Bone injuries. A bit nearer to the finish Kittel, Griepel,...