2015 Tour De France Stage 4: Seraing - Cambrai, 223.5 km

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This could really toss a few cats amongst the pigeons ... we might get that monumental day we've all hoped for.....60 - 80 % chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon ... :eek:
 
Jan 3, 2011
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Re: Stage 4 TDF..Seraing - Cambrai, 223.5 km

S2Sturges said:
This could really toss a few cats amongst the pigeons ... we might get that monumental day we've all hoped for.....60 - 80 % chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon ... :eek:
Most weather forecasts I checked this morning suggest that if there will be any rain (and mostlikely there wont) it will most likely be in the evening (after the stage). But I wouldnt mind some wet cobbles tbh. You got a link to that forecast?
 
Aug 26, 2014
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Meteo france shows 'sparse' rain in the afternoon and then again in the evening. The Met. Office synoptic charts show a series of three fronts (CCW) from ca. 13.00 and given there is a big (6 deg) drop in temp between T/W, something is happening.

But it's all about timing with these kind of summer storm / weak fronts…the difference between a cloudy day or spot of drizzle rather than a big squall line is so locally very variable; system more sluggish than predicted and you have a nice day, perhaps no rain until the evening. If front occludes a bit, you have a spot of drizzles rather than a squall...

From what I've seen, if you asked me to bet a fiver, I'd think rain is quite likely in the afternoon; may not be that heavy.
 
Aug 4, 2010
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Re: Stage 4 TDF..Seraing - Cambrai, 223.5 km

S2Sturges said:
This could really toss a few cats amongst the pigeons ... we might get that monumental day we've all hoped for.....60 - 80 % chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon ... :eek:
are you *** kidding me about this being a stage thread? :confused:
If it is, then go and make it a proper thread please, :) cobble stage in TdF is something like a holiday, just look at last two stage threads from TdF, the OP had like several posts.


btw also I want to know that as I dont add my signature to stage threads in order to not interfere with a fast discussion :)
 
I'm hoping for a dry stage. Astana to dish out the pain as soon as they hit the cobbles, together with the usual suspects (Etixx, Lotto, etc). I'm curious to see if Froome and Quintana can handle this, while I'm pretty sure Berto will be very well protected by his team.
 
Nov 26, 2012
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let's see whether the cobbles specialists get anything.

i just hope that this stage wont be a sky-train leading from start to finish.


Stybar FTW
 
Jul 29, 2012
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I liked the fact that astana tried to do an echelon today, they caught froome by surprise.

Astana has to go ham on froome. And nibali better risks his life at the allos descent :D
 
Jun 10, 2013
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Will be interesting (or not) to see how the survivors from today's nasty crash will do. Read Cancellara for the stage win (I know that's as unlikely as it gets) and if some of the GC guys will sink even more on the table.
 
Jul 16, 2011
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Some of the obvious candidates (Sagan and GvA, possibly Stybar) will be hampered by having to make sure that their team leaders are OK. Froome is quite likely to lose the jersey, but Sky's trio of classics riders should be able to keep him close to the front. I'll go with Degenkolb for the stage. Nibali needs to gain time here. It's obviously a dangerous stage for Nairo's hopes.
 
Not for nothing but this is shaping up to be one of the best opening weeks of the Tour in quite sometime. TT course was fast, safe and the Dutch crowds were awesome. Stage 2 was a windswept masterpiece. Today's stage had the perfect punch at the end. Tomorrow a cobbled classic. Yum.
 

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