The Hitch wrote:Well thank god for that. I really wasnt in a mood to do a preview for this stage today.
And very nicely done.
Col d Angel is what can really make this stage. Forget, Plateau de Beille, Alpe d huez, Galibier, Mont Ventoux, this is Le Tours Zoncolan (or maybe its Finnestre) though its gradients obviously dont match up to those standards.
+1 Rolland has impressed me more than anyone in this Tour. Though if you have him there, you also have to have Vanendert and there never was no magnificent 9.
Thanks for the praise Hitch (and everyone else).
Agnel is a real beast, I was amazed at its profile, can't believe its not been used before more often!
Rolland's climbing has been superb but he's not one of the 7 with a shot at winning it. I did give him a mention with Voekler though, a worthy sidekick if any (now why didn't I think of that when writing ). Vanendert would've been there then as well. And then a case to be made about Peraud, Uran, Cunego...
Very surprised most articles, blogs, opinions in the media only think 3-5 riders have a chance to win. Considering how variable the race is you'd have to imagine its quite open!