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2016 TdF, Stage 16: Moirans-en-Montagne → Bern (209km)

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classicomano said:
Cannibal72 said:
CheckMyPecs said:
Not Coqard please.
Why not? He's likeable, talented, French...
Likeable and French dont go hand in hand. But yeah, I would like to see him win anyway.

I initially thought they'd win 6 stages, then Bouhanni abandoned, maybe 4-5 then. Here they are, Barguil and Rolland have disappointed, Pinot abandon, no stages. I really thought this was the year.
 
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muppetkokken said:
classicomano said:
muppetkokken said:
Edvald Boasson Hagen have targeted this stage. He won't win.
When did he say this? They're not going for Cav?

Rolf Aldag said that to the norwegian newspaper VG last week. Seems like they believe he is better than Cav at an up-hill sprint with cobblestones.
Thanks mate. Yes I think EBH has a real shot here.
 
The cobbles aren't particularly hard, and Cav can more than hold his own on the cobbles, as demonstrated by his 30th place in PR this year. The uphill drag definitely favours EBH over Cav but I'd be surprised if EBH can convince the DD management to get the team behind him instead of Cav
 
Plenty of classics' riders took it as easy as they could on Sunday..
Cancellara, Sagan, Albasini, Vanmarcke, Degenkolb all finished in two bottom groups.
Tony Martin was there too.

Won't be bad at all if they're all thinking about Bern.
Plenty of others were riding below their abilities as well, I'd say.
 
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It's telling that this stage is more interesting for us than full blown mountain stages these days. Probably more chance for the GC to split up here than in a mountain stage lol.
 
From what I can find on strava and the rest of the internet it will be a big fight downhill and across the bridge and when they cross into Bern they go uphill pretty steep (20%) but I'm not sure that is correct. Matthews/ late break over the top. Doubt Orica will let anyone get away though. Kittel/Cav?Greipel to be cooked on the 4th cat near the finish and perish on the final.
 
SAGAN with one finger in his ass and doing the wheelie in the same time. Just joking
Joke aside. I would be very disapointed if Cance, EBH, Sagan, Gva don't make a split there and I would be totaly pissed of if Cav somehow win this if there is 20 ° ascent there at least for 50 m. I would probably stop watching cycling.
For sure there will be splits in GC. This should be hell of a classic stage impossible to control on the end.
 
There are so many teams which haven't won yet. For those who don't have gifted climbers is the last chance to do something today.
Sky will let it go, Etixx and DDD will refuse to pull... Tinkoff, Trek and BMC would rather spare energy for mountain stages later in the week.
My bet is on a breakway rider, I would love to see a Cannondale win.
 
Sagan please, not that I want him to have 3 Stages, I just want to know what Oleg would do oe say after th estage.
IF not Sagan I want GVA to win and I do not mind if he beats Sagan on line as It would mean no Cav, Kittel, Greipel around.
 
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Martin said:
There are so many teams which haven't won yet. For those who don't have gifted climbers is the last chance to do something today.
Sky will let it go, Etixx and DDD will refuse to pull... Tinkoff, Trek and BMC would rather spare energy for mountain stages later in the week.
My bet is on a breakway rider, I would love to see a Cannondale win.
Why? Kreuziger and Majka are pretty much on their own since the beginning.