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Mrs John Murphy

TDF News

Dutch police threatening to go on strike and blockade the route.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33261281
Nolte

It seems this is always the case when a gt starts in the netherlands, some service goes on strike

when the giro did so a number of years, the rubbish collectors went on strike.
HuwB

Rotterdam police apparently mean to stop the peloton, but only until the cameras cover their plight.

Much more serious a disruption is going to effect stage 20: the Alpe d'Huez stage.
No way that can go ahead as planned.
Slapshot 3

New stage 20 - Croix de Fer

HuwB

Slapshot 3 wrote:
New stage 20 - Croix de Fer



Only in the Tour would you get this. Backed into a corner all for the love (and money) of Alpe d'Huez.

So, in total we have: Up the Glandon, South, up the Glandon, North, up the Croix, South and up the Croix, North.

They missed out what would have been the only previously unridden element: Up the Mollard from St Jean.
Terrific.
HuwB

Oh and no Marcel Kittel for the Tour.
SlowRower

HuwB wrote:
They missed out what would have been the only previously unridden element: Up the Mollard from St Jean.
Terrific.


They must be keen to keep the stage short, as this new route is the same magnitude roughly as the previous route. Maybe they're hoping for a repeat of the fireworks like Berto attacking early in the equivalent stage in 2011. (Or maybe they have an early party planned that day!)

Fitting the Mollard in would lengthen the stage a fair bit, I think.
SlowRower

HuwB wrote:
Oh and no Marcel Kittel for the Tour.


That must be some illness he had. He did look awful in the TdY, though.
Nolte

welsh super furry animals offshoot band Gulp (who i saw supporting django django a couple of years ago) and producer miaoux miaoux join up to cover the kraftwerk song

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/what...ulp-9596985#ICID=sharebar_twitter
HuwB

Don't want to post this in the race thread, given it's current direction, links etc and since there is no rest day thread.

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the race. Diagnosed with testicular cancer.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/i...-diagnosed-with-testicular-cancer

Best of luck, Ivan.
Mrs John Murphy

HuwB wrote:
Don't want to post this in the race thread, given it's current direction, links etc and since there is no rest day thread.

Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the race. Diagnosed with testicular cancer.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/i...-diagnosed-with-testicular-cancer

Best of luck, Ivan.


Slapshot posted a thread in the main forum

http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/about5275.html

But yes, perhaps the last sort of news anyone wants to hear. Lets hope for a successful and speedy treatment and recovery for Basso.

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