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    Stage 8: Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz - 189km

    Stage 7 was what most of us expected: a transition to the mountains that didn't feature the main GC contenders fighting much. But what I didn't see coming was Chavanel winning the stage and ripping the maillot jaune off Cancellara. Again. That's three GC lead changes to only two riders. Fun.
    And the stage involved Tommy Voekler! That camera hog melts the hearts of French housewives every time he shoots off the front to relive that yellow summer not so long ago.

    Sunday it starts to get serious.They will start off with some bumps leading to a Cat4 climb. They descend, with a few jagged teeth, before hitting another Cat4. Then about 50k or so of rolling terrain leading to the first Cat1 of the day. Yeah. I said it. The FIRST Cat1 of the day. We go Cat4, Cat4, Cat1, Cat3, Cat1 summit finish. This stage might not be as sadistic as some we saw in the Giro, but it is the first "real" mountain stage of Le Tour 2010. And before a rest day, so anything can happen.

    Back when he was winning consecutive tour titles, Lance wouldn't necessarily attack the day before a rest day. However, he has stated many times he finds as he ages his recovery ability is...different. With that in mind, I see the possibility of a Shack Attack. They weren't really ushing the pace on Stage 7, nor were they all together. In fact, it almost seemed as if they were taking the stage off. Astana was up front protecting Contador, who at times looked strained for some reason. Saxo Bank was a non-factor, as Fabian slipped back and Andy stuck with the GC hopefulls up front.

    Stage 8 is an unknown. If Johan thinks LA needs to start making time, expect some fireworks from The Shack. Cadel Evans is second now, and we have seen Chavanel troubled a day after a hard stage. BMC might try to put the Aussie in yellow. Would be fun to see Hincapie work on the hills against LA, especially after that breakaway fiasco last year.
    And don't forget Vino. He is ahead of Conti right now. Oh, how I miss Time Bonuses. Especially on summit finishes.

    I don't think the final 3 climbs are steep enough for Conti. Something Cadel would be better at. Let's say Saxo, Shack, and BMC work together to burn Astana. So I don't even know who to pick.
    Andy Schleck takes the stage and Cadel in yellow.

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    Armstrong takes the stage and yellow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees
    Armstrong takes the stage and yellow.
    Contador wins the stage, Cadel takes the yellow.

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    Vino pops Contadors tires....

    No clue, but it will be a day for the GC boys for sure!!! Very excited to see it.

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    Prediction: Contador takes the stage with Schleck very close behind. Schleck takes yellow. Lance loses more time to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you
    No clue, but it will be a day for the GC boys for sure!!! Very excited to see it.
    My thoughts too exactly, no way to call it, but it will be fireworks for sure, and one of the best stages of the whole tour to date and to come even, 2nd only to tourmalet stage [which might be a big hyped let down]
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    Think someone like gerdemann gets away and gc contenders don't bring him back. Either Contador or Cadel in yellow. Think Cadel may go for it just to get the jersey for a day. Don't think Lance will try to do too much yet.

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    Again Welty, thank you for the excellent thread! I look forward to these every day.

    I have no predictions other than this thread will be very large tomorrow.

    That, and I will wake up at at 0415, tune into Vs, and make a pot of coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldEndicottHiway
    That, and I will wake up at at 0415, tune into Vs, and make a pot of coffee.
    Ouch! And here I was bemoaning 6:15 in the midwest.

    I don't know enough to offer a prediction. I would like to see Armstrong make up some time here, though. I think he needs to before the rest day. If we waits and tries to do it all in the Pyrenees, I think it will be too late.

    I thought the OP's comments about Team RS were interesting. I watched the stage and honestly couldn't decide if the team was taking it easy and leaving LA to just pace the other GC boys, or whether BBox had set an initial tempo that they couldn't match. It seemed AC had 3 or 4 guys with him most of the time as opposed to 1 or 2 for LA.
    When a cyclist in your area is injured or killed by a motorist, make an extra effort the next day to go for a ride. It doesn't have to be an organized ride, or even a long ride. Hell, ride a 15 minute loop around your neighborhood if you want.

    Just be seen riding your bike.

    Do it to make people aware we're out there. Do it to honor a fellow traveler. Do it because you're lucky enough to still be able to.

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    My prediction:

    Juaquin Rodriquez wins the stage. Lance and Contador will battle for Top GC honors followed by Basso. Schleck and Cadel will both lose over a minute.

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    Is Gesink even alive?
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    Hesjedal in yellow. Cadel punctures.

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    this is a good prediction.

    Quote Originally Posted by ilmaestro
    Prediction: Contador takes the stage with Schleck very close behind. Schleck takes yellow. Lance loses more time to both.
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    thanks. i just wish i could do what they did the last two years. that was fun...

    and dont you have a dvr?


    Quote Originally Posted by OldEndicottHiway
    Again Welty, thank you for the excellent thread! I look forward to these every day.

    I have no predictions other than this thread will be very large tomorrow.

    That, and I will wake up at at 0415, tune into Vs, and make a pot of coffee.
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    There are two GC guys that must be aggressive and take risks: Armstrong and Basso. They have relatively a lot of time to claw back against the true GC threats: Contador, Schleck, Evans, Menchov and probably Wiggins. If Radioshack and Liquigas sit and do nothing, the other teams are going to defend until the last few klicks and then expect an attack from Contador who likes to attack if he isn't under pressure.

    So I think the Liquigas and Radioshack guys have to make the race very difficult for the other teams with the objective of getting guys like Wiggins, Menchov and Evans to drop and testing Contador and Schleck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 55x11
    Contador wins the stage, Cadel takes the yellow.
    My spidey senses tell me this^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed
    thanks. i just wish i could do what they did the last two years. that was fun...

    and dont you have a dvr?

    Hey this is just as fun, and you write the reports so well.

    No, no DVR. I figure who needs to spend $6/month more when there's only a few things a year I want to DVR anyway.

    Besides that I'm more of a morning person. I love getting up early to watch the Tour!

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    like that analysis above.

    LA looks very comfortable right now, don't know about AS, he is still coming off knee surgery from earlier this year. Cadel will be there, as of now, Wiggo, will try to stay with them. Expect Menchov, Sastre and Contisnore to be there too.

    will be very exciting to say the least.

    How about Vino attacks and takes the stage and the yellow...hahaha

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    I don't know who to pick for tomorrow. I do think tomorrow is going to tell us a thing or two about who is going to win this tour. Just for fun I'll pick Lance.
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    Where the heck was the rest of Lance's team??? Never seen him ride alone as much as he already has in the first week of the tour. To me they seem pretty disorganized...any comments?

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    I think we'll see how strong or vulnerable Andy is. Cadel needs George and Ballan to get a good head start. Contador follow every move, Radio Shack shreds the field and delivers Lance. Wiggins, Sastre and Basso fall the ways side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cervelott
    Where the heck was the rest of Lance's team??? Never seen him ride alone as much as he already has in the first week of the tour. To me they seem pretty disorganized...any comments?
    They were mainly resting before tomorrow, Grandpa Lance will need all the support he can get if he doesn't want to lose too much time to Schleck, Contador, Evans... today wasn't going to be all that important on the GC anyway. And Klöden bonked.

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    RS and Liquigas to try something but they'll be brought back halfway up the final climb. Evans and Contador to battle it out for the stage win. Cadel beat Contador in one of the classics he might just do it again and get the yellow plus some time. I don't think Lance or Wiggins will be able to stay with Contador or Cadel. Andy Schleck without his bro and a recent injury, I don't know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cervelott
    Where the heck was the rest of Lance's team??? Never seen him ride alone as much as he already has in the first week of the tour. To me they seem pretty disorganized...any comments?
    I agree. The cobbled stage (stage 3) showed us that Bruyneel misjudged the composition of the team in selecting too many climbers (Klodi, Brajkovic, Horner, Leipheimer) and not enough Spring Classics specialists (really Rast only guy). Part of the problem is that Sebastian Rosseler -- who was having a great season -- went down about a month ago with some broken bone. He won E3 or Brabantsje Pijl (can't remember which one). The depth on Radioshack is GC guys and climbers. The Ekimovs and Hincapies are not there anymore, and they paid the price on stage 3 when Lance didn't have any teammates immediately with him when he punctured (he had to wait for Rast and Popo who were in a chase group to catch up).

    Tomorrow we'll truly see how the Radio climbers do. It's really incumbent on them to set an infernal tempo on the climbs tomorrow and shred all the other GC teams.
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    Shleck and Contador finish 1-2. Schleck takes yellow. Basso shows his Giro form and comes in 3rd. Menchov attacks and looks to create a gap, but then falls off his bike . Lance and Evans get dropped by AC/AS/IB in the final climb, but lose less then a minute.

    By the way, Morzine-Avoriaz is an amazing place to vacation. We stayed there last year and did some downhill MTB'ing in between checking out a few stages of the TdF. The World Downhill Championship track is there as well.

    Avoriaz from one of the hiking trails:

    Stage 8: Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz - 189km-avoriaz1.jpg


    Morzine from a suspension bridge in the middle of town:

    Stage 8: Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz - 189km-morzine1.jpg

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