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Old 02-01-13, 11:48
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Taking bets for the France stage next year?
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Taking bets for the France stage next year?
If they have any common sense it'll be Les Deux Alpes. But there's a possibility they won't go to France if they start from Ireland.
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rom what I recall stelvio is the hardest they got and it's 60k from the finish.
It's Galibier
galibier harder than stelvio prato ?
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galibier harder than stelvio prato ?
Télégraphe + Galibier > Stelvio > Galibier

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The could have done Sommeiller (3000m) instead of Jafferau. It's right around the corner from that climb.

Except they would have to pave it first, I suppose.
You mean Rosael right?

Edit, I'm an idiot Rosael is near Galibier

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galibier harder than stelvio prato ?
stelvio is from Bormio
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I'd say on that stage Gavia is probably harder than Stelvio too.
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stelvio is from Bormio
****. I always get it wrong. Thought they would at least do the other side this time round.
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Giro is definitely the hardest when the road heads uphill, no doubt about that. Something that I think is often overlooked though is how tough the flat stages are in the Tour. All the Dutch and Belgian riders stringing it out on the flats of northern/western France, riding in the wind, and the constant fight for GC riders just to stay upright and not lose their position - it's usually pretty draining. But this year I'm not sure the Tour will have so much of that because the races starts in the south - it will probably settle down quicker.

Regardless of difficulty, the Giro is the one I'm most looking forward to (going to head out there for the first few stages too!). The Tour is still main event for a lot of big names but in the last 10 years the Giro has really narrowed the gap - the idea of a non-Italian defending Tour champ deciding to focus on the Giro a year later would have been unthinkable in past years.

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