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TdF '21 Discussion Thread Stage 16 Jul13 SPOILER ALERT

This is a hilly stage of 101 miles with quite a profile. It begins with a long downhill, then has three respectable climbs, each categorized and each gaining over 500 yards in altitude. After the final major peak there is a good descent, then a final modest hill, then five miles into town. There are a couple right turns in the final mile. With the downhill and then flat finish, following the hills, it is hard to figure out who might be well-suited. First place for the overall race looks pretty solid for Pogachar, unless challengers can sustain some attacks on him. This would be a good stage for it. The battle for second and third on the podium is pretty hot. So is the climber and sprinter battles. So, many teams and riders may see a lot of promise here, if they do not see much on a mountain or time-trial stage.

This may be yet another thrilling day of elite GT cycling! A non-threatening breakaway might be allowed to form. Now it is pretty clear who threatens the podium as well as sprint and climber - and, while such a group might get away, they can be used as stair steps for any genuine attacks.

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This was a great example of how to take a stage. A few observations.
The course: hilly, with some challenges in the final 20 miles - the final modest climb, a technical downhill, and several turns up to the finish line. All of this gives you something to work with.
Mid-tour, his team switched from supporting one rider (Sagan, who left injured) to seeking stage wins.
Likely Konrad and team planned this before the stage began, and saw how it might work.
You cannot be threatening to the overall standings.
Everyone knows a non-threatening breakaway will be allowed. You can use that as your platform.
Konrad broke from the breakaway group just at the beginning of the final big climb.
He really pressed hard on the two descents.
He was lucky that the whole front breakaway group was not too big. You cannot really plan that, although you can ride hard and try to get a few guys to drop.

Wih all of that, finally, ride it like you stole it.
 

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This was a great example of how to take a stage. A few observations.
The course: hilly, with some challenges in the final 20 miles - the final modest climb, a technical downhill, and several turns up to the finish line. All of this gives you something to work with.
Mid-tour, his team switched from supporting one rider (Sagan, who left injured) to seeking stage wins.
Likely Konrad and team planned this before the stage began, and saw how it might work.
You cannot be threatening to the overall standings.
Everyone knows a non-threatening breakaway will be allowed. You can use that as your platform.
Konrad broke from the breakaway group just at the beginning of the final big climb.
He really pressed hard on the two descents.
He was lucky that the whole front breakaway group was not too big. You cannot really plan that, although you can ride hard and try to get a few guys to drop.

Wih all of that, finally, ride it like you stole it.
Absolutely!! It is why Aliphilippe went and dropped 30 minutes last Sunday. So he would be permitted into breaks. It has worked somewhat, but it hasn’t gotten a second stage win...


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