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    Official Tour de France - Stage 17 - Embrun - L'Alpe-D'Huez (210.5 km)



    Previous stage results - Stage 16

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    from how far back to the yellow jersey on 1 mountain?

    Time-wise, from how far down (in overall standings) do you think a rider could move to get into yellow tomorrow? from 5 minutes down? 10 minutes? 15 minutes?

    tomorrow is gonna be the day.
    a mountain is where you really see the big time differences.

    many guys are in position to be in a breakaway and possibly jump into yellow, if that breakaway succeeds with a few minutes or more over the peleton, and the few riders at the very top of the overall standings get held down.

    anyone near the top of the overall standings as of now / tuesday, will not be allowed to break away easily. but for anyone who has the legs, guts, and skill for one great day in the mountains, they could jump from the pack right into yellow tomorrow. with a big enough move, they would be well-placed for podium. i guess you also have to factor in the likely time loss on the final time trial.

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    This stage has insanity, wtf and God help me written all over it.
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    If I can get some more tomorrow.... I thought it'd grow on me but I'm not feelin' it....wait..
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    Secret strategy for CSC FOUND!!!

    I solicited a french wh0re to make her way into the team bus (those Schleck boys are easily tempted) and got the recon on the stage...
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    Kohl for the solo breakaway win..

    Then tests positive in Paris.

    Ya... man

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    Menchov I think, but the way Andy Schleck is riding its hard not to name him. Maybe CSC sends him up ahead in a breakaway. But he's probably too important to keep Castre and Frank out of trouble to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ifallalot
    I solicited a french wh0re to make her way into the team bus (those Schleck boys are easily tempted) and got the recon on the stage...

    nice.

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    Hopefully another breakaway doesn't make it to the end. It's more exciting with the stage win is also on the line.

    That said, I would go with Cunego. He has to have a good day at some point, and he has said that he wanted to win Alp d' Huez before.

    Stupid pick the more I think about it though.
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    Sastre

    CSC will attack Evans over and over, and Sastre will prevail - revealing CSC's master plan, that Schleck all along was the rabbit and never the team's pick for the Yellow.... or not.

    But I will probably be wrong. It will be someone who gets in a five man break on the Galibier that the favourites never quite catch.
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    The Tour will be won tomorrow.

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    Agreed

    Quote Originally Posted by pretender
    The Tour will be won tomorrow.
    or lost... depending on how you look at it. Five riders in with a decent shot, three who are not great on the ITT, two who might not have the same explosiveness on the climbs: great stuff.
    As I grow older I will remember the first light on the water, my will to win, the strength of my arms and the power of the crew.

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    Sastre looked like he was about to get shelled the last 1km up the Bonnette, so unless he was faking it - I don't think he'll be able to stay with Frank and Andy up Alpe-d'Huez. The only guy who looked strong enough to stay with these two till the end is Evans (an Sastre if he was acting). Evans can afford a two minute loss if he has too.

    I don't think any break will have the strength to stay away all the way to the top of L'Alpe.

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    My pick is Frank Schleck.

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    Frank Schleck

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    Menchov

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    Kohl.
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    I'll go with Menchov. I'll bet he's seriously angry about being dropped on a downhill section yesterday and going to make Cadel pay for it.

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    Efekin!

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    going out on a limb... popovych and evans (may just be crazy enough to work)

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    Evans to win the stage and set himself up for the time trial

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    Quote Originally Posted by shabbasuraj
    Kohl for the solo breakaway win..

    Then tests positive in Paris.

    Ya... man
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    Just to be different

    SIUTSOU! Sure Brasstown in the spring is no where near Le Alpe in the summer but lets see how he does...

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    Kohl. Becuase Phil and Paul said so during todays stage....
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    kohl? sastre? menchov? schleck? ricco?
    oh, wait...

    the magic 8 ball says:
    menchov?

    i guess kohl gets the pois but not the queen stage? i have yet to see today's stage, so i dont know how kohl, sastre, menchov, or evans looked. with no time bonuses, i think csc will look to protect frankie as much as possible, but the descision to work for him or sastre will be made on the final climb, at which point menchov can pull away for the stage as he is more than a minute down. frank schleck is the safe pick, but its not like im in the running for the contest anyway.

    unless VdV is let loose and storms on a breakaway. hopefully not a la landis...
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    Christian Vandevelde..........he seemed pretty optimistic today, so we'll see what he's got in him. I think in reality it's a crap-shoot because I can't remember a stage like this.
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