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Stage 8: Station des Rousses - Morzine-Avoriaz 189km

10 Jul 2010 19:28

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and so we come to the alps. A mountain top finish at Morzine-Avoriaz. Contador surely has to be the favourite but will he attack. Verbier last year was similar, but the tour is still young. In the giro the first mountain top finish didnt feature any fireworks as the gc contenders werent willing. Will this be the same.
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10 Jul 2010 19:31

Is the last km flat?
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10 Jul 2010 19:33

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10 Jul 2010 19:37

+20 at 1800 meters is cold?

3.5 hours of transit then some riding by Astana and Radioshack, then Contador wins. zzzzz
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10 Jul 2010 19:37

Patriotism compells me to pick Robert Gesink. This will be the year he gets more than one pro victory :p
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10 Jul 2010 19:40

Moondance wrote:Patriotism compells me to pick Robert Gesink. This will be the year he gets more than one pro victory :p


Let's hope so, but he will need to be better then today. As he said he suffered pretty bad.
Besides I doubt Rabo will let him attack when he brings AC and AS with him, but Menchov can't follow.
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10 Jul 2010 19:41

Moondance wrote:Patriotism compells me to pick Robert Gesink. This will be the year he gets more than one pro victory :p


will he go for it on the one day when no one would notice?
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10 Jul 2010 19:41

Could be a very boring stage with the expected outcome of Contador attacking and winning it easily. I hope someone can stay with him for the sake of excitement.
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10 Jul 2010 19:46

Contador to win this, Schleck, Menchov, Wiggins somewhere close to him. Basso and Evans will lose something around a minute
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10 Jul 2010 20:08


That will make a big difference over today. Germans should respond better; Australians not so much.
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10 Jul 2010 20:10

Nickbeam wrote:Contador to win this, Schleck, Menchov, Wiggins somewhere close to him. Basso and Evans will lose something around a minute

And what about a certain Texan?
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10 Jul 2010 20:12

The big boys might want to launch someone ahead to be there to help on the Morzine.
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10 Jul 2010 20:13

Ninety5rpm wrote:And what about a certain Texan?


He'll do better on stage 9 after he has had the rest day to help prepare him.
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10 Jul 2010 20:16

OK ppl... lets start making ours predictions... I'm going with:

Winners: Cuddles time!, El Pistolero and Basso - Kreuziger (With Liquigas working hard to close some gap)
DarkHorses: Andy, Lance, Gesink or Le Mevel going heroic...

I will really like this stage... I love those finish... now we are going to see who are the real contenders! I'm going again with Liquigas, they gave today a free day so tomorrow they will be right in the front of the Peloton hammering the gap for Basso and Kreuziger...
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10 Jul 2010 20:20

Ninety5rpm wrote:That will make a big difference over today. Germans should respond better; Australians not so much.


so is haussler in the better or in the not so much catergory.
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10 Jul 2010 20:40

Ninety5rpm wrote:And what about a certain Texan?


i really don't know. last year i was 100% sure he won't be even close to the podium, but he did it. so i'm not going to predict this year. hope he won't make the top 10 :)
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10 Jul 2010 20:40

The Hitch wrote:so is haussler in the better or in the not so much catergory.


No way anyone named Heinrich Haussler is not German, no matter what his passport says :p:p:p
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10 Jul 2010 21:06

roundabout wrote:+20 at 1800 meters is cold?

3.5 hours of transit then some riding by Astana and Radioshack, then Contador wins. zzzzz


This. Also, I predict that at least two out of the following four riders will lose enough time to put them completely out of contention: Sastre, Evans, Wiggins, Menchov.
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10 Jul 2010 21:12

Only one Ramaz ramp, half way up.
No name goes and we'll have the long, long tempo train causing all the pain.
A sterile Shackfest not an attackfest.
Maximum minnow damage, minimum viewing entertaiment.

Same again on Tuesday.
The ASO blow.
(hope I'm totally wrong)
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10 Jul 2010 21:16

I predict that we won't see the kind of dominant performance from Contador that we have seen last year in Verbier, if he wins then just by a relatively small margin <20s. Second prediction: Andy Schleck is not gonna drop Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso. Third: Armstrong loses time to atleast 4 other gc favorites.
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