2009 TDF : Stage 4 : Tuesday 7 July : Montpellier > Montpellier : 39kms

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  1. guncha

    guncha New Member

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    It has 4,5% over the last 27km. Before that there is 1% or 2% sections. Final 11km has 6.9%. This climb is not in the same league with Tour's legendary passes. It is a typical 1st cat. climb and nothing more.
    Vuelta has finished there many times and it has almost never created serious time gaps.
    JU won at Arcalis in 1997 but it had 5 high mountain passes that year including 35km Envalira. And even then Jan got 1 min. on second placed Pantani. This year there is only two high mountain passes and Seraa-Seca looks like a 2nd cat. climb.
     


  2. Andrija

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    I think that now is on Astana to make this race interesting. Whether tactically or personally - the show should be theirs. They're already stealing the show from Columbia.
     
  3. Andrija

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    Consider it's first uphill finish on the first high mountain stage in this year's race.
    As you can see in your 1997 report, pure climbers will be disadvantaged and I must notice that no one from GC contenders in this year's tour is pure climber.
     
  4. guncha

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    I don't think LA will ride for AC and vice versa.
     
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  6. nonns

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    Awwww you mean they wont show each other the love :->
     
  7. save_ferris

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    What about Mick Rogers? He's a 3-time World Champion in the ITT.
     
  8. doctorSpoc

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    for sure it's not a traditional climb for the climbing specialist.. it's a power climb, but an incredibly long one... kind of like the equivalent of a REALLY, REALLY long crosswind... it's not about the steepness of the climb but the speed that it is ridden at... riders will be ground down over the prelude to the climb proper then hit hard at the bottom getting rid of the pretenders and then slowly ground down again over the course of the rest of the climb climb... plus let compare it to Alpe d'Huez... Alpe d'Huez --> 13km @ 7.9 and this one is 50km of ever increasing false flat followed by 11km @ 6.9%

    and 1 minute is a lot of time... 2 mins is a huge gap for any mountain stage... 1 min would be a pretty good day at the office for any mountain stage.. how much time did pantani put into ullrich on Alpe d'Huez that year? 47sec... i'm not getting your point? 1 minute is pretty damn good... 30 secs gets Contador the yellow jersey.
     
  9. limerickman

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    There is no out and out pure climber in this years TDF (none of the main GC contenders, at least).

    It probably favours Alberto Contador most.
     
  10. guncha

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    My point is very simple: a few hard climbs plus a hard mountaintop finish is more likely to provide a significant time gaps than a climb with false flat section. As an example look at Vuelta 2007 when riders did the exact 50+km climb to Arcalis. A group of seven (!) riders finished together in 2007.
    My prediction is that either a favourites will finish together or there will be a maximum of 15 or 20 seconds difference between top riders.
     
  11. steve

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyk9LiujQhg"]YouTube - Tour de France 2009 - Stage 4 - Team time trial - Final kilometers and results[/ame]
     
  12. DiabloScott

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    Arcalis is the easiest HC I've ever seen. It's shorter and less steep than quite a few famous Cat 1's like Peyresourde and Marie-Blanc.

    The only semi-justifiable reason for giving it an HC is the altitude - 2240m is up there with Galibier and Izoard and way taller than most of the Cat 1's.
     
  13. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    I recognise that avatar!

    Haven't seen you in these parts for a while.
    Welcome back.
     
  14. DiabloScott

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    Thanks Lim. I'm just here to stir up a little trouble in this love nest.

    I had Evans picked as my "biggest GC disappointment"... he's not disappointing me.
     
  15. thebluetrain

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    This TdF is far from over. LA is about to endure some of the heaviest attacking he has ever had to deal with. Everyone is going to be gunning for him. The only question is going to be, does he have enough left to take it. AC is going be tough to contend with.
     
  16. Cobblestones

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    I spent a couple of weeks in Montpellier 25 years ago. Beautiful place. Place de la Comedie, the Aqeuduct, Rue Foch, the Antigone, the windy causeway to the beach. I recognized quite a bit. Ah good memories.
     
  17. Bro Deal

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    Yeah, that will work. Brilliant plan. I am sure Contador will be very happy to ride for Bruyneel after being screwed in 2009.
     
  18. nonns

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    I didn't say it would work. I just said thats what they should try to engineer.
     
  19. steve

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5qc87P9Gho"]YouTube - MAGAZINE - Stage 6[/ame]
     
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