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Tour de France 2019 stage 4: Reims > Nancy 213,5 km

08 Jul 2019 16:28

Tomorrow is another day for the competitors for the green jersey, a flat day from Reims to Nancy:

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Last time the Tour visited in Nancy was in 2014, where Trentin just about managed to win in front of Sagan:

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Other visits that caught my eye were 1978 (a time trial on stage 20, which Bernard Hinault won), 1973 where Joop Zoetemelk won and Fausto Coppi has won two stages in Nancy in 1949 and 1952 both years in which he won il Giro d'Italia and le Tour, here pictured with his rival Gino Bartali...

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General classification before tomorrow:


1. Julian ALAPHILIPPE
2. Wout VAN AERT + 20''
3. Steven KRUIJSWIJK + 25''
4. George BENNETT + 25''
5. Michael MATTHEWS + 40''
6. Egan BERNAL + 40''
7. Geraint THOMAS + 45''
8. Enric MAS + 46''
9. Greg VAN AVERMAET + 51''
10. Wilco KELDERMAN + 51''

Polka-dot jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Tim WELLENS 7
2. Xandro MEURISSE 3
3. Greg VAN AVERMAET 2
4. Julian ALAPHILIPPE 2
5. Nairo QUINTANA 1

Green jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Peter SAGAN 76
2. Michal MATTHEWS 59
3. Sonny COLBRELLI 54
4. Mike TEUNISSEN 50
5. Greg VAN AVERMAET 40

Weather at the finish line

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08 Jul 2019 17:25

Is the last climb easy enough for Groenewegen?
Riposa in pace, Michele!
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08 Jul 2019 17:30

Groenewegen is the only top sprinter that can be eliminated on a climb like this.

Should be a bunch sprint with an almost intact peloton. Viviani is the favorite IMO. He survived some tough stages in Suisse with harder climbs near the finish.
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08 Jul 2019 17:51

DCQ should ride the climb as fast as Viviani can manage. Or Lotto should do the same for Ewan.
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08 Jul 2019 19:14

Viviani - Groenewegen - or Sagan? I have all three need to pick a road captain. Currently leaning towards Viviani worried about the Cat 4 dropping Groenewegen. I should probably just make Sagan captain as he is almost guaranteed to be in the top 5 but everyone has him on their team.
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08 Jul 2019 20:34

mode747 wrote:Viviani - Groenewegen - or Sagan? I have all three need to pick a road captain. Currently leaning towards Viviani worried about the Cat 4 dropping Groenewegen. I should probably just make Sagan captain as he is almost guaranteed to be in the top 5 but everyone has him on their team.



I have Viviani and Sagan as well. I'm leaning towards Vivani for road captain tomorrow as well. Although you do have a point about just give it Sagan and figure he'll at least be close. Screwed up today and should have made Sagan my road captain.
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08 Jul 2019 20:38

Ideal stage for Viviani.
La fatica in montagna per me è poesia (Fatigue in the mountains is poetry to me) - Marco Pantani
Van een ezel kunt ge geen koerspaard maken (You can't turn a donkey into a race horse) - Patrick Lefevere
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08 Jul 2019 20:48

Greenweigh FTW.
Wij steunen hem, tenzij hij niet genoeg fietst.
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Re: Tour de France 2019 stage 4: Reims > Nancy 213,5 km

08 Jul 2019 21:32

I'm not sure about Viviani here. If say Sunweb and Bora go all out I believe he could be gapped on that climb.
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08 Jul 2019 22:59

I like Ewan here.
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Re: Tour de France 2019 stage 4: Reims > Nancy 213,5 km

08 Jul 2019 23:54

alspacka wrote:I'm not sure about Viviani here. If say Sunweb and Bora go all out I believe he could be gapped on that climb.


Well, then you dident watch Tour de Suisse
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09 Jul 2019 01:39

Ewan if he switched off early enough yesterday.
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09 Jul 2019 03:04

https://twitter.com/DeGendtThomas/status/1148283406385655808

Thomas De Gendt @DeGendtThomas
Found a familiar jersey in my room. Finders keepers

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09 Jul 2019 03:49

47 Big Photos from Stage 3 (descriptions to come) — corvos/flockton/bettini/veloimages/aso/getty
http://www.steephill.tv/2019/tour-de-france/photos/stage-03/

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09 Jul 2019 05:13

GC rest day - QS to keep Ala in yellow and hope Viviani can follow his lead out men.
Anything about Fran Millar goes in The Clinic.
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09 Jul 2019 06:52

Nice 'little' stage for Groenewegen, this climb shouldn't be a problem with the help from his team (keeping him upfront). See a close battle between him and Ewan, although Ewan doesn't have a great lead-out.
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09 Jul 2019 07:22

A non-injured Groenewegen would not get dropped here. Now he's injured that's a different story.

Also get the feeling people forgot he won Champs Elysees when he completed a Tour, surviving easily in the mt stages.
People's view of him have been skewed because he was injured last year in the mountains..
Now it's the same story because of the fall on day 1.
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09 Jul 2019 07:32

It's a 3 km climb, that's enough to shed some heavy-weights. Teams like Bora and Sunweb would be stupid not to race this 100%. And if the pace is too slow, perhaps some punchers will try their luck, inspired by Alaphilippe.
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09 Jul 2019 07:41

Jagartrott wrote:It's a 3 km climb, that's enough to shed some heavy-weights. Teams like Bora and Sunweb would be stupid not to race this 100%. And if the pace is too slow, perhaps some punchers will try their luck, inspired by Alaphilippe.
Yep, every single pure sprinter was dropped here back in 2014.
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09 Jul 2019 07:46

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:
Jagartrott wrote:It's a 3 km climb, that's enough to shed some heavy-weights. Teams like Bora and Sunweb would be stupid not to race this 100%. And if the pace is too slow, perhaps some punchers will try their luck, inspired by Alaphilippe.
Yep, every single pure sprinter was dropped here back in 2014.

In 2014 they had another, harder climb after it which was also closer to the finish.
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