Tour de France - Stage 18, Gap > Alpe-d’Huez

by drheaton   July 17, 2013  

Massive day ahead and I've got the rest of the week off work so I'll be glued to the TV tomorrow afternoon Big Grin

Having major problems picking my team.  Got a few riders I want to pick but can only afford a selection of them.

Contador and Kreuziger are on the up, could they threaten Froome and try to put a chunk of time into him tomorrow?  If so, which is the preferred rider?  Contador should be the team leader but he's still not earning any World Tour points after his ban so are the team better off supporting Kreuziger?

Mollema and Ten Dam just seem to be trying to hold on.  Can they do anything else now?

Quintana seems to have the white jersey wrapped up, does he think he can win yellow or will he settle for a stage win?  Can Kwiatkowski do anything during the last week to catch the Columbian revelation?

Rolland has come out and written off his chances of winning the polka dot jersey.  Is he bluffing?  If not, which of the last stages will he target for a stage win?

I have no answers and no idea who'll be in my team tomorrow Thinking

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And now Froome goes! He's up with Anton, Valverde and Serpa, rest of the GC group in tatters. 10km to go and the gap down to 4'20". Looks like Nieve, Rolland, Fuglsang all dropped from the main group.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 15:51

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Hmm, spoke 10 secs too soon as Froome goes and only Quintana can follow!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 15:53

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Kreuziger cracked. Quintana could jump to 3rd tonight. Contador doesn't look good.

Froome gone again and only Quintana can keep up. Rodriguez, Porte, Valverde and Contador left from the GC group and they can't keep up.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 15:53

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Rodriguez and Moreno trying to make their way up to Froome, Contador looks dead. Moreno pulls over, he's done.

Rodriguez makes his way up to Froome, Quintana. These three might work together to distance Contador. My picked not looking quite so good.

Quintana going for the stage, he's pulling From me up the hill.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 15:56

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Crap, Contador now dropped by Porte and Valverde, he's blown it today Crying

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 15:58

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Rodriguez attacks, Froome can't follow, he's just trying to stay on Quintana's wheel.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:00

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I don't trust the time-checks on screen, feels like these three are closing the gap a bit more here - can Tejay hold on?

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:01

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Amazing from TJVG, twice up the Alpe in the break plus a minute lost due to a mechanical on the Sarenne descent and he's still staying out in front. If only he'd had a better first couple of weeks.

Kreuziger up with Contador. Pair of them are cooked.

Nieve up with Contador. Somehow Porte has caught Froome!

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:05

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What happened to Contador, he was ahead on the descent but then got behind and I didn't see how. Did he have mechanical trouble, go off the road?

posted by qwerky [139 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:07

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Just clocked them through the 5km flag and the screen-time seems about right so I was wrong about that - amazing ride from Tejay if he can hold them off as Quintana chases him down...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:13

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drheaton wrote:
Amazing from TJVG, twice up the Alpe in the break plus a minute lost due to a mechanical on the Sarenne descent and he's still staying out in front...

Anybody put TJ on their team today?... Thinking

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:13

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Movistar put their whole team on the front and pulled Contador back.

I think the time gaps are right, time it at 3'20" between TJVG and Froome.

Can't believe Froome, he's popped, had to illegally take on water and food, the race directors won't be happy with that.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:13

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Riblon coming back! Think he might haul TJ back, I'll take that, 5 bonus points for Bardet.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:15

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Riblon not out of it yet actually, seems to be coming back...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:15

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enrique wrote:
Anybody put TJ on their team today?... Thinking

Crap! Anybody put Riblon (!) on their team today?... Surprise

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:18

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Tejay is done, can't respond and is drooped. Fuglsang dropping Contador/Kreuziger, both Saxo boys are buggered. Riblon looks like he'll take the stage as Quintana still 3 minutes behind.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:19

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Awesome from Riblon, didn't realise he had that kind of climb in him. Froome will be a footnote in the French papers now, they'll act as if Riblon's won the Tour!

Knew there was a reason I brought in Gadret...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:21

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Remember, you will only get the 5's for AG2R riders if they finish the stage, I can see alot of time outs today Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8940 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:26

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Rogers up to 8th on GC Ghedebrav...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:39

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3,4,6,7 in my purist team Big Grin

4,7,9,10,12 standard.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2809 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:45

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Good work on purist Stumps!

My std was as good as I could've hoped, 4,5,7,9,19 with only Schleck failing and no penalties.

Tomorrow might be tougher to call though, a lot of guys will want to make the breakaway.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:51

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Aye, only Ten Dam from my gc boys let me down with my standard but i've got a 20 pointer to take off as well.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2809 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:02

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Well the first stage this year I actually got to watch live and managed to get 1,4,7 and 10 Smile

posted by Saint Mikie 41 [39 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:04

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Saint Mikie 41 wrote:
Well the first stage this year I actually got to watch live and managed to get 1,4,7 and 10 Smile

Awesome! Riblon will get you a bucketload of points today.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:11

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4,7,9,10 at least none of the riders i was pondering got in the top 20

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posted by backflipbedlem [815 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:25

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.....and Froome fakes a bad day again in the mountains to shake off the accusations that he is a doper! Wink

Not too good a day for me 4,7,9,11 plus schleck for the mountain points and 1/2/3 on the overall Froome still in poker dots. maybe not soooo bad but have to use a transfer for Bonnet and Navarro's a flop so probably take him out. penalties on the final day it will be.

posted by stevemarks [424 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:47

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stevemarks wrote:
plus schleck for the mountain points.

umm from what i've seen he didn't get any kom points!? Thinking

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
18th July 2013 - 18:07

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running a comp at work and got asked to pick some people for my colleagues team earlier. Told her to put Riblon in her team but then didn't listen to my advice Angry Angry

Gradually starting to slip down the table, not sure whether to stick with Rolland now?

He had a go today and then gave up so may be keen tomorrow.

Nieve v Riblon for the dots could be a decent battle.

posted by rcorbin [213 posts]
18th July 2013 - 18:10

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chrisdstripes wrote:
Rogers up to 8th on GC Ghedebrav...

Fingers crossed. I'm a closet Aussie for the next three days.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1102 posts]
18th July 2013 - 21:06

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livestrongnick wrote:
stevemarks wrote:
plus schleck for the mountain points.

umm from what i've seen he didn't get any kom points!? Thinking

My bad missed the 6 or 7 incognito riders first time up the Alpe who made up nos 4-9

Crying Crying Crying Crying

posted by stevemarks [424 posts]
19th July 2013 - 1:10

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