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Biosphere

Stage 18 TdF: Fri, Jul 20th: Blagnac - Brive Gaillarde 223km

Many Elements May Be Decided But Glory is Still on Offer...

Jean-François Pescheux wrote:
For days now, the focus has been on how the Pyrenees would influence the race for overall honours but stage 18 is different. Even the race leader Bradley Wiggins allowed his mind to wander in the closing kilometres of stage 17 because, finally, he dared let the thought that he was actually going to win the Tour de France enter his mind. Sky has effectively been on the front of the peloton most of the way for the 1,520km from La Planche des Belles Filles to the final summit finish of the 99th edition. The team of the GC leader has to take that responsibility and Wiggins and his colleagues won't be idle in the race from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde but they can allow themselves the luxury of a little bit of rest as their thoughts turn to the final time trial... and the journey to Paris as it seems that the title winner has indeed been decided.
The final Friday of the 2012 Tour might have a few hills but the mountains are behind the peloton. The prize jerseys have all effectively been decided but there's still the glory of a stage win on offer. The profile begs for a sprint finish and tired legs will limit the number of candidates for an escape but 14 teams are still without a victory. This is a day for them to seize one of the few remaining chances that are on offer in this year's race...








http://www.steephill.tv/2012/tour-de-france/previews-results/stage-18/
KarenP

Re: Stage 18

Biosphere wrote:
I'll do this properly in the mmorning.


It's going to be that kind of stage …
Biosphere

Re: Stage 18

KarenP wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
I'll do this properly in the mmorning.


It's going to be that kind of stage …


We're all tired after the mountains Smile
Nolte

NO. kent Broeckmans is in the break today after i took him off as my selection
Slapshot 3

My jammy sod of a mate in Toulouse managed to organise his Friday morning management team meeting.....at Airbus....in Blagnac...at the 380 hangars....where the race passed this morning....GIT!!
KarenP

Sweet.  I'm sure the got a lot of business done Wink

That dog that caused the crash was very cute.  But why-oh-why would you let a dog off a leash during a bike race? Phil Liggett says it slipped it's leash, but I don't buy it.
Nolte

i don't know why a person would bring a dog to a cycling race. the cars, the cyclists, it's not a good environment for a dog and plus from my experience, dogs don't like cyclists when they are on their own.
Severo

Cavendish was sooo quick!
SlowRower

Wiggo might not be winning his own stages, but I do like the approach of him leading out EBH and Cav to do the job instead. Smile

Cav looking good for Sunday, one would think.
Bartali

Kudos to Wiggins for the lead out ... and that was some sprint.
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:
Kudos to Wiggins for the lead out ...


Ironic that he left Highroad in 2008 as he didn't want to leading out sprints for Cav.
Fontfroide

And of course Jalabert moaning about it again.  Apparently Sky should not have won.  They should have let Luis Leon win again.
KarenP

Fontfroide wrote:
And of course Jalabert moaning about it again.  Apparently Sky should not have won.  They should have let Luis Leon win again.


That's what LLS said the last time Wiggins tried to lead out his sprinter.  I wonder if he, too, will complain again …
berck

SlowRower wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Kudos to Wiggins for the lead out ...


Ironic that he left Highroad in 2008 as he didn't want to leading out sprints for Cav.


I wonder if Cav playing domestique to Wiggo helped some? Wink
HuwB

Great little stage. Fine effort from the break and later chancers.
Mr Mark San Remo looks to have returned.
gerry12ie

The view of one of the massed ranks of new Guardian fans:

Quote:
The Team GB tactics will be interesting. We're assuming they'll aim to launch Cav up the Mall (ooerr) for a messy bunch sprint finish but that only has a chance of delivering Gold. Surely this GB squad has the talent to guarantee Gold and go for a medal sweep with Froome, Wiggo and Millar racing away from the main group up Box Hill x9?

It may be far from an Hors category climb but what team would have the legs to catch that breakaway? And while Wiggo may have promised to deliver Cav to a Gold if I was Froome I'd have had enough of team orders after this Tour and the non-Sky Millar may have his own ambitions.


Kind of sweet really... Very Happy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2...e?commentpage=2#start-of-comments
Shocked  Shocked
Fontfroide

KarenP wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:
And of course Jalabert moaning about it again.  Apparently Sky should not have won.  They should have let Luis Leon win again.


That's what LLS said the last time Wiggins tried to lead out his sprinter.  I wonder if he, too, will complain again …


Mind you, Roche was very even handed, even matter of fact about being caught, as the last guys in the break often are, sometimes just metres from the line.  But, those guys who get caught or finish second do often bang their handlebars to indicate they are pissed off, once they are beaten.  Get over it LL.  

If Cav gets beaten on Sunday, will he bang his handlebars?
Fontfroide

Those Sky guys had a plan.  I love a plan that works, even better than making a plan that doesn't happen.  No, wait, I love making plans that don't happen.  Either way, they did what it says on the tin.  It really is a bit startling.  Cav's win today was not expected by very many people.

Almost makes the Tour worth watching, that last minute or two.  Almost.
cyclingtv

bravo mark..
with the help of the GB squad he's got to be favored for the olympic rr..
Quote:
British Cycling has confirmed that David Millar, Chris
Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard will be
the riders supporting Mark Cavendish as he bids for
Olympic gold in the men's road race at London 2012
got to say.. that's quite the squad..
Fontfroide

They'll get him back when he loses a bit of time on Box Hill.  Not a bad TT squad, although they seem to be missing a last leadout guy.  Who will do that?

That last few k, which I have watched a few times now, was really sweet.  Cav really does ride fast.  Sorry to be banal, but it was pretty and he does ride fast.  Even though I usually support the escape on principle.  Really dramatically pretty.  I am repeating myself.
SlowRower

Goss will lead out Cav. Wiggo will lead Cav towards the front before latching onto Goss as he goes past.
berck

FF, I like your Tour blog. I agree with much of what you said about Froome, Valverde, etc. Nice little write up and worth reading.

Thanks!
Fontfroide

You are very kind.  Thanks.  I have fun doing it.  Occasionally I borrow ideas or interpretations from this forum.  This forum helps me understand things better.
Nolte

my god, cavendish was awesome yesterday.
gerry12ie

berck wrote:
FF, I like your Tour blog. I agree with much of what you said about Froome, Valverde, etc. Nice little write up and worth reading.

Thanks!


+1 A good read

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