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The final several KM are very straight. It should be a drag race of sprinters.
But the forecast right now calls for rain in the afternoon in the Liege general area, right as the riders will be coming through.

As has been the custom, the GC-competing teams may try to stay up front in order to stay safe. Sky may run this non-event stage pretty quickly to stay safe.

The roads are a bit tight and twisty. So, just like today, we might have some overall expected results, with a few thrills and spills.

Wind is not supposed to be too great, so should not be a factor.

I am very upset to know Valverde is out with terrible injuries. Overall, for the race, this lowers Quintana's stock. Porte's stock may rise a bit, relatively. If there is anything to upset the Froome Broom, it may be Porte, a former straw in the Froome Broom, and who arguably rode harder for a couple tours, pulling Froome, than Froome did.

Yet, Porte has been noted to be lacking as a tactician - missing an instinct for anticipating and taking what the Fates might throw. The chance for an interesting Tour, I think, is Porte going for it.
 

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Froome got back up quickly - if he and his handful can bridge to the breakaway, and keep a gap with this one climb remaining, he may sustain his GC lead of day one and add to it on day 2.

I cannot tell where the contenders are in that spill, but it dropped or slowed most everyone.

It looks like a couple more guys may be out altogether.
 

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Phinney is managing to keep this Gap. Would be hilarious if they kept it to the line
 

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Loved the post race interview. Can't wait to see how much stuff he has covered in dots tomorrow
 

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Clever tactics by the pack to neutralize Sagan. Only just made the top-10 on the day.
 

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Movistar had more issues today. Sütterlin has a minor crash early and Amador had a crash near the end of the stage and lost a chunk of time. Sütterlin appears to be fine, Amador said he's banged up but no idea how badly, but that he won't be of any help to anyone for a few days at best. Yeah, we have a team with riders who do not have their head in the race and don't want to be there.
 

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Not sure I have any interest left in the Tour.
KoroninK, I feel for you, but I'm not sure it's healthy to have your love of a sport, or anything really, built and centered around one person. I am sure there will still be some great moments.
 
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