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    Alpe d'Huez - What do you do with slow riders up the second climb?

    Sorry- I searched for this if its already covered. How do they plan on getting all the riders off the alpe d'huez before the leaders come around for a second pass?

    How do they keep Contador's boys from soft pedaling the first 100km to wait to pace Contador up for his second time. Sure, they might be DQ for being outside the time violation, but who cares if can help him win the race?

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    I guess the broom wagon will sweep them up. The time-cut is likely to be around 30-40 mins after the first man finishes the stage. If you are getting lapped there's no way that you will meet that time-cut and I'm sure they will pull the plug.

    The back of the race could be interesting though. Anyone who gets dropped from the autobus will be in trouble.
    Old La Honda in less than 20 minutes! Or you can watch race video from the low-key hill climb on Welch Creek. More at www.biketelemetry.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestreljr View Post
    How do they keep Contador's boys from soft pedaling the first 100km to wait to pace Contador up for his second time. Sure, they might be DQ for being outside the time violation, but who cares if can help him win the race?
    Why just Contador's boys? Wouldn't all the teams be interested in doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Why just Contador's boys? Wouldn't all the teams be interested in doing this?
    Just an example - choose your own or all. Your imagination is yours to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestreljr View Post
    Just an example - choose your own or all. Your imagination is yours to deal with.
    So in your imagination, if all the teams do it, what's the issue?

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    For Saxo and Movistar, job one tomorrow is to get someone in the break. Job two is to drop all of the Sky domestiques by the top of the first climb of the Alpe. I can see only Froome and Porte being left at the top, a small group of GC contenders plus some helpers further up the road. This would set things up for the tricky descent where they have to drop Froome to have a chance of making significant time on the second climb. It'll be interesting as to whether Riis will sacrifice Kreuziger to benefit Contador - somehow I doubt it, more of a tag team effort I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    So in your imagination, if all the teams do it, what's the issue?
    Thanks tlg, really appreciate your insights. Move along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestreljr View Post
    Thanks tlg, really appreciate your insights. Move along.
    So you have no issue then. Gotcha!

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    They will have plenty of time to finish after every one crashes on the descent

    Col de Sarenne - extended descent on Vimeo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32and3cross View Post
    They will have plenty of time to finish after every one crashes on the descent

    Col de Sarenne - extended descent on Vimeo
    WTF, only 1 person waved to that guy the entire time.

    seriously, though...i suffer from both fear of heights and motion sickness, so that was just about perfect for me. massive respect to all the riders in the peloton.

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    meh. didn't look that bad to me - looks like any typical descent. Surface is bad in places but not the worst I have seen, or ridden, by far. A lot of GoPro footage tends to exaggerate bumps and turns. My own footage of even descents I felt very comfortable on often end up looking more sketchy.

    Of course rain and competitive racing may change all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55x11 View Post
    meh. didn't look that bad to me - looks like any typical descent. Surface is bad in places but not the worst I have seen, or ridden, by far. A lot of GoPro footage tends to exaggerate bumps and turns. My own footage of even descents I felt very comfortable on often end up looking more sketchy.

    Of course rain and competitive racing may change all that.
    Its seeming that everyone is saying that the descent is the worst of the whole TdF this year. Its going certainly be interesting as its a fairly long one and riders will be pushing really hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestreljr View Post
    Sorry- I searched for this if its already covered. How do they plan on getting all the riders off the alpe d'huez before the leaders come around for a second pass?

    How do they keep Contador's boys from soft pedaling the first 100km to wait to pace Contador up for his second time. Sure, they might be DQ for being outside the time violation, but who cares if can help him win the race?
    That's what I was wondering too.

    Quote Originally Posted by 32and3cross View Post
    They will have plenty of time to finish after every one crashes on the descent

    Col de Sarenne - extended descent on Vimeo
    Bad ass sweet video.
    Hey you, Whitehouse, ha ha charade you are.

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