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Long 'flat' day today but a 4th cat climb 10km from the finish may mix things up. Chance for Goss to finally win a stage? Will Lotto/Sky/Liquigas bother to chase down a breakaway for their guys or will it all go the way of Monday?

My team:

Wiggins
Froome
Sagan
Hinault
Jeandesboz
Vichot
Simon
Boeckmans
Impey

Hoping for one of my three disappointing french DSs to get in the break and actually do something for once and for a sprint finish without Goss/Griepel.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry, this is a long cut and paste about Sorensen

Sorensen still plans to race...
We saw Chris Anker Sorensen really having a good go in the Pyrenees. He was 24th in stage 17 and second in stage 16 but he rode most of yesterday's stage with blood dripping from a wound on his left hand. We asked Saxo Bank's Nick Gates what happened yesterday... did he put his hand in his spokes?

“Yeah," said the directeur sportif, "a newspaper had been thrown out for a rider to put down his jersey for a descent and it went into Chris’ wheel. He tried to rip it out and he got his fingers stuck in the spokes. He’s not in a good way. He had micro-surgery on two fingers last night at the hospital and they’re now patching him up again to see if they can get the green light so he can race. He’s still in a lot of pain but he’s going to have a crack and see if he can race.”

More on Sorensen's injuries...
LeTour.fr asked Nick Gates about the treatment of Sorensen's wound: what did they have to do? Were there fingertips missing or what exactly is the wound?

“Basically his small finger was ground down to the bone all the way up the side. They stuck a splint on there and that’ll get him through until the end of the Tour and on Monday or Tuesday he’ll have to go to a hospital and get it really fixed up. He’s a tough guy! The way he got through the stage.

“The accident happened on a really fast part of the race and they couldn’t dress the wound properly. There was no option. He had to defend his position on GC and he did that really well. He’s held 14th overall so he’s at least happy with that.”

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Pretty sure it is going to be a mass sprint today, its only a little lump of a Cat 4. So expect all the big sprinters teams to be working hard, Including Sky.

I have a funny feeling that Liquigas will push it up the climb with Sagan and then go away on the downhill, a bit like they did in another tour and took away 5 guys to win.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I think it was last year's Vuelta or Giro where Nibali was coasting for the win, someone, possible Rui Costa(?), tried to get the jump on the 5 Liquigas guys and Sagan won the stage as he was the only one who'd spotted it. He got a bollocking from Nibali too  19

I think either a small peloton sprint or breakaway win today, I really can't see Lotto chasing today if they're not confident of getting Griepel over the hill and Greenedge haven't wanted to work because they've had no confidence in Goss for the last couple of weeks. I went for Sagan/Hinault as they were up there on the last similar stage and are more likely to get over the bumps than some of the out and out sprinters.

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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I've written off today in order to have a decent team for Sat and Sun - Hinault could be a good call tho'...

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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NO, this break is not good for me.

I took two of them out of my stage hunting team and also the guy 22 points ahead in the premium purist has a guy in the break  20

At the 23km mark, Perez, Pineau, Simon, Morkov, Sprick and Fofonov are 40" ahead of the peloton.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon in the break for me, he's been poor so far, I expected much more from him, Jeandesboz and Vichot but they let me down.

le tour wrote:

Perez, Pineau, Simon, Morkov, Sprick and Fofonov are 40" ahead of the peloton

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Katusha and OPQ looking to shut the break down seeing as they have no-one in it. Looks like a hard day for the break as every team wants a guy in it.

Breaks been away for 12km and only have a 40 second gap which is shrinking rather than growing.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Popovych (RNT), Arashiro (EUC), Millar (GRS), Fouchard (COF), Boasson Hagen (SKY), Hansen (LTB), Vanendert (LTB), Boeckmans (VCD), Paolini (KAT), Roy (FDJ), Costa (MOV), Kroon (STB), Nuyens (STB), Vinokourov (AST), Albasini (OGE) and Gretsch (ARG).

Got no-one in the break, Roy....I just took him out last night  14 14

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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Sagan(for Nibali)
Boassen Hagen  4 (for C.Sorensen)
VanGarderen
Kessiakoff
Izagirre
Pinot
Edet
Vichot
Impey(for Albasini)  14

Can't see anyone brining this break back as all the sprinters teams(Sky,Greenedge,Lotto) have people in it.Unless Liquigas want it for Sagan of course...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Unlucky Gkam - Roy took decent points in the intermediate too. I've got 15pts there for Boeckmans, and its quite conceivable thats all the points I'll get today!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Two Lotto, one Sky, one Greenedge... I can't really see who's going to bother chasing this one down.

Anyone watching coverage? I'm stuck at work, who's on the front of the peloton?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Scratch that, Le Tour live text has come to the rescue and told me OPQ are on the front, why... I have no idea, do they even have a sprinter?

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Unlucky Gkam - Roy took decent points in the intermediate too. I've got 15pts there for Boeckmans, and its quite conceivable thats all the points I'll get today!

Until you pointed him out, I didn't even notice him......BOOST, I have him in my purist and the guy i'm chasing for top premium purist 22 points ahead of me doesn't have him  19 19

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm home now and watching. Rabobank have been on the front, maybe they think the climb is close enough to the finish for LuLu. Liquigas have just put a man up there too, gap down to 1:45. OPQ must have been working for my man De Weert...  44

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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On the front now are the teams with no-one in the break - OPQ, Euskatel and Rabobank - gap down to 1:30 with 45km left. Blimey - it just went down 10 secs in about 1 km...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Millar attacking on the penultimate climb, Vino and EBH leading the chase...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Just realised I'm acting as if I'm doing minute-by-minute - hope nobody minds, its quite fun...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Now Arashiro goes, with Rui Costa following. Arashiro gets the 5 fantasy mountain points.

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Break group back together, then EBH tries to up the pace. Paul Sherwen gives us our daily unwanted reminder that his nickname amongst the Sky Team is Bo-Dog. Surely he can come up with another Edvald fact by now?

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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If you've been injured in an accident at work, apparently there are about seventeen different phone numbers you could call. Minute-by-minute with ad breaks isn't quite the same...

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Please stop with the spam  20

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Saur on the front now! Boeckmans and Fouchard looked like they were slipping out the back of the break but I think they've got back. ("Boeckmans got back" - a new Sir Mixalot single maybe...)
At this rate the break will get caught by the last climb, but there are some strong guys in there (Millar, Nuyens, Popovych, Vino, Rui Costa, EBH) that could string it out a bit...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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OK - I'll stop now! Thought I'd carry on til someone said otherwise  4

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Its fine doing the odd update here and there, but minute by minute is only worth it when something is happening. So in the final climb of a mountain stage or something like that. Today is boring as hell because no-one has anything left to work for.

I dont think the break will get caught. They are working together, where are in the peleton, there are 3 teams trying to pull the lot along, its just yo-yoing  39

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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I was thinking the same, but its come down again now. If they reach them before the last climb, it could actually end up being a good end - more attacks on the climb and the sprinters trying to stay in touch for the sprint...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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It's a game of cat and mouse, I reckon the Peloton would have preferred to make the catch after the last climb. Having a group sat up the road at 30 seconds makes it perfect for launching small counter attacks and that means the pace up the last climb may well be high, spitting out a few sprinters before the top.

Could well be an interesting last 15km, shame about the first 205...

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Come on Sanchez  4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Cavendish WOW  13

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice work by Cav, some power. Sagan got my 3rd and Sanchez still up there.....Good day and will be returning to my top premium purist again......  3 3

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice one Gkam - what TTers and sprinters do you have in your purist team for the weekend? Confident?

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