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Stage 15 - Pontarlier to Verbier

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posted Jul 19, 2009

so annoyed about cav points

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Tom Boonen was ill all night (fever, throwing up) and has quit the Tour, which leaves us with 163 riders.

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comment by Esquain (U841842)

posted Jul 19, 2009

..Must.. not.. express.. disgust.. at Cav decision..
Ok, today I expect to be somewhat of a disappointment. Can't see Lance making a statement here, team tactics will still be in play, but am fearful about Alberto galloping up the road in the last few kms.

From the way things have gone this year, I just can't see many of the big names making a statement today. Think CSC might send Frank up the road to have a go, similar to Sastre last year, with everyone's eyes on Andy. He won't win, but he's nothing to lose, and it might make things interesting. We'll probably see Cadel launch another pitiful attack, get 5 metres, then get pulled back.

Knowing the luck of the last few days though, we'll probably see Hushovd pop up out of nowhere, sprint up the climbs and claim maximum points.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Can't find the live text commentary AGAIN!!!

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posted Jul 19, 2009

I think theres a real chance of Cav being "counted out" this afternoon.....we'll have to watch the time differences closely methinks.

Fantastic effort from "Big George" yesterday.......how LA must wish for him back in support?

Perhaps a chance for the big letdowns of the tour(Astarloza/Evans/Sastre/Evans) to show their skills?

Boonen's scratched.......adding a question mark to the wisdom of the late decision to let him ride?

Lastly.......how big a factor will the weather be today?

All set for the best stage of the tour so far <biggrin>

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Its going to be a pretty awasome day of sport, i just need more tv's to be able to watch the cricket, golf and cycling. Its going to be a great day in all 3, lets hope for some good attacks in Verbier

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posted Jul 19, 2009

>Its going to be a pretty awasome day of sport, i just need more tv's to be able to watch the cricket, golf and cycling.<

Luckily two of those aren't sports ;)

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Alex - I can barely contain myself. Today the TDF starts for real. I predict a grudge-fuelled attack by Armstrong and a counter by Contador on the climb into Verbier. Evans et al will try to hang on and get dropped leaving the Astana boys to battle it out to the finish. Armstrong will win...no Contador will win...no...who cares! Whatever, today has the potential to be one of the best days of racing the TDF has ever seen.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

First climb of the day and the Tour's pattern is confirmed: first guy to let go is LR Kenny van Hummel. Next few names to be mentioned should be first Furlan and then Cav, if the order is respected.

KoM points on the first cat 3:
Pellizotti
Fédrigo
Martinez
Van den Broeck.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 14:


1. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita/AG2R) 58hrs 13mins 52secs


2. George Hincapie(USA/Columbia) + 5secs


3. Alberto Contador (Spa/Astana) + 6


4. Lance Armstrong (USA/Astana) + 8


5. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra/FDJ) + 43

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comment by Kaiser (U10796859)

posted Jul 19, 2009

Anyone have a link to live coverage? I can't wait until 2pm for ITV4.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

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posted Jul 19, 2009

KoM points on the second cat 3:

Pellizotti
Chavanel
Martinez
Loosli

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posted Jul 19, 2009

If....and for me it's still a big(well medium) if......Nocentini loses yellow today I think it's only right to note just how well he wore "le maillot jaune" and all the pressure that goes with it.......Forza Rinaldo<cool>

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comment by HGjohn (U14074109)

posted Jul 19, 2009

Not sure that the climb to Verbier is tough enough to be decisive. 6% - 9% beautiful surface.

Well done to the commissaires for destroying a fantastic green jersey comp. No way back for Cav now :-(

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Game on. Took us 2 weeks to complete the starter, but now it time for the main course.

Just in case some of you don't have this link, best link for info on all cols (much better than Le Tour's own info):

http://www.climbbybike.com/tour_de_france_2009.asp

Just have a good look at stage 17, much tougher than the stage to Ventoux.


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posted Jul 19, 2009

Enjoy the stage guys. I am off to church to praise God

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posted Jul 19, 2009

I think Lance will need to make a statement either today or tomorrow if he is going to lead Team Astana. If he can get in the maillot jaune today then he will be the man to lead Astana. If not, the leads Contador's.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Oompf, just saw an interview with Boonen at the QS bus, boy did not look good.

Arroyo! Finally lad!

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posted Jul 19, 2009

shame for the breakaway that martin is in it, they are never going to let it get too far

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Alex Murray, Andy Schleck is my man to look out for today. I think the stage is his.

Evans will do his usual thing of trying to attack then following wheels.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Martin, Astarloza and - wait for it - David Millar made it to the front bunch. Will the presence of the white jersey doom this break before it's even started?

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