• 09-12-2020
    PJay
    TdF '20 Stage 15 Sep 13 Discuss Thread. Spoiler Alert.
    TdF '20 Stage 15 Sep 13 Discuss Thread. Spoiler Alert.

    In 2012, we saw a new Widow-Maker climb appear in the panoply of TdF Mountain stages. Colombier.

    The tour has been pretty rough so far, especially with the competition for GC being pretty wide open - SKYNEOS may seem like the closest thing to a dominant team, but they are running with a young guy, and there are other teams looking rally good such as Jumbo, and ... well Jumbo looks pretty good. And there is a good handful of GC competitors.

    Colombier is no joke. Thank goodness this stage is followed by a rest day! There is no two ways. You have to crest Colombier to remain in the running. The rout is 100 miles, with two notable climbs, in succession, starting mid-way after a flat course. There is five or six miles of relief after the second crest before the start of the ten-mile climb to summit on Colombier. These first two crests are actually rides up this col, but only half way, with the final jaunt going all the way. Overall, the climb is noted as 7.1%, but there are severe stretches over 10% pitch.

    Amazingly, the GC hopefuls have stayed fairly close together in the overall standings. After this stage, there are three remaining additional serious mountain stages. If someone goes to grab the lead here, they could hold it and just mark for the remainder.

    Someone will have a good day - someone will have a shot of that whisky, or a bite of that Spanish steak, or have to rub some cortisone on a sore saddle, and get a lead.
  • 09-13-2020
    troutmd
    The best Green Jersey TdF in years but now the high mountains with a concluding TT.
  • 09-13-2020
    KoroninK
    Congrats to Pogacar on another stage win.

    Right now we have a nice battle for Green and Yellow.

    I never expected Bernal to lose the time he lost today. If someone would have told me that Valverde would be ahead of Bernal after 15 stages of the Tour I'd have thought we'd be talking about the podium, I'd also never have believed them. It looks like Mas and Valverde are building form and should be alright for the final week and good for the goals after the Tour.

    I'm guessing Quintana's time loss is likely due to the crashes he's suffered.
  • 09-13-2020
    Marc
    And with that...Bernal is done in the GC this year.

    Funny thing, the Laterne Rouge is almost as competitive as the Yellow Jersey this year...
  • 09-13-2020
    upstateSC-rider
    Very sad to see Bernal's implosion, holy cow.
    Pogacar (and that whole front group) was impressive but that Van Aert kid, wow, dropping some pure climbers on that climb with his pace...what a talent.
  • 09-14-2020
    il sogno
    I heart Podgacar.

    I wonder what's going on with Bernal. :confused:
  • 09-14-2020
    Marc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by il sogno View Post
    I heart Podgacar.

    I wonder what's going on with Bernal. :confused:

    He was expecting the stage to end 30km early. :9:
  • 09-14-2020
    il sogno
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    He was expecting the stage to end 30km early. :9:

    For my Rest Day entertainment I'm going to watch the Phil/Bob coverage of the end of the Puy Mary stage and yesterday's stage. I want to experience Phil's dismay over Ineos/Grenadier's fail.

    I've been watching the Anthony McCrossan/Simon Gerrans coverage. :)