road.cc Fantasy Cycling: Tour de France stage 19 preview

Modane Valfrejus > Alpe d’Huez

by Dave Atkinson   July 21, 2011  

Fantasy Cycling 2011 with road.cc and Evans Cycles

The shortest road stage of this year’s Tour, but any stage that finishes on the Alpe d’Huez is going to provide something special, with the Telegraphe also featuring early on ahead of the second ascent of the Galibier this year. The Alpe d’Huez seldom disappoints, and of course the winner has the added bonus of achieving immortality by seeing their name given to one of the fabled climb’s hairpin bends. The short parcours could see some of those in the autobus struggle to make the time limit.

Thought for the Day

With an individual time trial looming tomorrow, the identity of the GC riders who look to attack today to gain time, or who are content to defend their positions, may well depend on their confidence in their abilities in that discipline.

GT’s tips

The fans will be looking forward to this stage, but not all the riders will especially with the time limit, it will be a tough day, particularly with it being so short. But at the front, it will all come down to the Alpe d'Huez, and it's quite a long descent from the Galibier down to the bottom of it. It's like the cup final, especially with it being the last Friday before the finish, it's the last chance for the pure climbers to get any advantage, or for the better time triallers like Cadel Evans to get something ahead of tomorrow. I'm sure it will be fireworks up there.

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I'm thinking G might have this one a little wrong for tomorrow and its the first time he's been off, but i guess he wrote them all before he left Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8121 posts]
21st July 2011 - 18:16

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Sammy Sanchez for me!

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [513 posts]
21st July 2011 - 21:20

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Gkam84 wrote:
I'm thinking G might have this one a little wrong for tomorrow and its the first time he's been off,
but i guess he wrote them all before he left Devil

I'd best go check Saturday's one too, pretty sure he was tipping Wiggo for that one... been a long three weeks, eh?

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7464 posts]
21st July 2011 - 21:55

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Come on Vino!

posted by Pifko [85 posts]
22nd July 2011 - 0:13

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My prediction is either Basso or Contador.

posted by arsene [184 posts]
22nd July 2011 - 7:46

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What..?! You mean Road.CC aren't phoning G every evening to get his thoughts on the next day's stage just as his head hits the pillow? This wasn't made clear... With Brad out surely G's got time now to tweet from the slopes...
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MercuryOne

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [928 posts]
22nd July 2011 - 9:01

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