Tomorrow's stage: any chances for riders in the top of the GC?

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  1. TbosS

    TbosS New Member

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    There is a lot of talk about tomorrows stage. There are a few tricky mountains to climb, but the end of the stage is still about 60 km flat. Is there any chance we'll see an attack by Ullrich or other top 10 riders tomorrow?
    Will they have a chance to succeed if they attack?

    What do you think?
     
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  2. Vo2

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    No more chances left for Ullrich or Alex. LA will ride into Paris in yellow. Ullrich's last shot will be the TT on Saturday. Only a miracle or truly inspirational ride will see him earn yellow.
    But take nothing away from Jan. He has earned the respect of Armstrong. You can be sure about that.
     
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    I agree, Lance & USPS will never allow a break in the remaining non-TT stages. Saturday's ITT is Jan's only chance and I cannot see Lance making the same mistake twice. Two great champions.
     
  4. TbosS

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    I agree, today's stage will probably be a long and succesfull escape. And probably non-threathening for the top 5 (10?). If the escape has a dangerous rider in their group, there will be at least 4 teams that will chase them down in the final 80 km if this stage (so they could easily chase down an escapegroup of 15min if they needed to).

    If this type of thing happens, we can also have a mass-sprint in the final, for the green jersey.
     
  5. Kupa

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    Odd how it worked out today in Stage 16. Allez Hamilton!
     
  6. Mouse Potato

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    I thought it was excellent. Is this an amazing Tour or what?
     
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    abso-friggin-lutley amazing!
     
  8. TbosS

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    very good racing by Hamilton indeed. Telekom wasn't strong enough, they spilled all their power in the pyrenees. And the teams of Cooke and McEwen didnt make an effort because they weren't in front.

    Green jersey race becomes more and more exciting, now that Zabel also smells his (small) chance.
     
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