Break stays away. The GC guys just mark each other and "rest" since there aren't going to be any chance for a shakeup until the TT.
Freire won't contest a stage like this since he's safe with the green. Sprinters won't go again until stage 19 and 21.
The question is, how big will the escape be? Who's looking good for a break? Columbia had Hincapie in one a few days ago. hey haven't done anything since Cavendish abandoned. Maybe someone from Columbia. I think they want to get in the results.
Cyril Dessel is my initial pick. Freire is my backup. Valverde is third. One of those may percolate up. Astarloza is the wild card pick.
I'm looking for CSC to try and repeat their Alpe d'Huez maneuver, but swapping one of the Schlecks for Sastre. Sastre will follow Cadel if he attacks, and attack if Cadel runs out of steam, but will otherwise just try to force him to wear himself out.
Frank may be the one to lead the attack, since he's also a top contender and can do some real damage if he's allowed to go, but Andy may be better suited for the stage.
1 - 20 of 42 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
A forum community dedicated to Road Bike owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about bike parts, components, deals, performance, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, maintenance, and more!