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    TdF '20 Stage 12 Sep 10 Discussn Thread. Spoiler Alert.

    This is a long one a 130-miler. "Hilly," they say.

    The course gains modest altitude overall, with hills beginning about 35 miles in. About 35 miles from the end, the trouble ramps up a bit for 20 miles. Midway between Chamberet and Treignac, there is a brief but steep incline along the road. Then, about 7 miles down the road, they begin the climb of Cote de la Croix du Pey, short but 6% grade, and that is followed immediately by another short climb, Suc au May, with 7.7%. There will surely be some riders trying to break in this section. Again, GC contenders will be wary of getting caught off-guard on a day of lower intensity.

    These GC contenders may be happy with a fairly big breakaway up front, as long as each GC guy can keep one or two riders in that group, to help if another GC guy tries to make a move.

    From these two modest climbs, each giving a few climbing points, the final 15 miles are more benign. There are plenty of bends in the road, but nothing too drastic - until the end. The final two miles includes a sharp left, then a sharp right, then a sharp left, before the final straight run-in of about a half mile. All of this is two-lane countryside local road. Anyone hoping to win or place well will need to be up front before hitting these turns.

    Sprinter teams may think about lining up for this one, but the terrain of these final 35 miles will make it tempting for a range of other awesome riders to try something. Sprinters succeed by staying in good position via team support, but this final 20 miles will greatly interfere with that strategy. Sagan does not like being in second place in the Green Jersey competition, but at times this year he seems a bit more vulnerable than in recent years.

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    Good for Hirschi. He's had a great tour so far and deserves a stage.

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    Happy for Hirschi to get the win.

    Both Erviti and Soler said after today's stage that legs and form are finally starting to get better. Erviti said that this stage is the first time all season the team felt as if they could actually be competitive and maybe even do something in the race.

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    Maybe I'm premature but I believe we're seeing a new hard man in the making in Hirshi ala Voight, DeGendt, Boonen. Happy for him.
    In reference to the Assault on Mt Mitchell...
    Quote Originally Posted by merckx56
    The easier solution is to find a biker bar in Spartanburg the night before, go in and pick a fight. The ass-whipping you'll get will be far less painful than the one Mitchell will give you the next day!

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    Btw. Cancellara is Hirshi’s agent

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldash View Post
    Btw. Cancellara is Hirshi’s agent
    Very cool, didn't know that...Can't think of a better mentor.
    In reference to the Assault on Mt Mitchell...
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    The easier solution is to find a biker bar in Spartanburg the night before, go in and pick a fight. The ass-whipping you'll get will be far less painful than the one Mitchell will give you the next day!

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