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2019 Tour de France – Stage 6 – Mulhouse–LPDBF - 157 km

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tobydawq said:
klintE said:
About making excuses. Nairo Quintana today:
Hay que ir con cabeza mañana; que no sea solo Nairo Quintana el señalado siempre con la presión y el que tiene que atacar. Algunas veces cuando ha atacado Nairo, otros se han aprovechado de ese momento.
Does he suffer from schizophrenia?
I think that statement is good material but for psychologists no psychiatrists.
He distance himself from statement he is actually making.
For me: he's consciously lying ;)
 
Fuglsang is a former mountain biker. If he is ok, he should feel at home at the double-digit gravel sector.

I think it's between him, Bernal and Yates. The latter two are more explosive but he wouldn't be far away.

1. Yates
2. Bernal
3. Fuglsang

4. Woods
5. Martin
6. Pinot
7. Thomas
8. Quintana
9. Benoot
10. Buchmann
 
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Velolover2 said:
Fuglsang is a former mountain biker. If he is ok, he should feel at home at the double-digit gravel sector.

I think it's between him, Bernal and Yates. The latter two are more explosive but he wouldn't be far away.

1. Yates
2. Bernal
3. Fuglsang

4. Woods
5. Martin
6. Pinot
7. Thomas
8. Quintana
9. Benoot
10. Buchmann

No Valverde? This should be a good stage for him to try to win.
 
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In my predictions I said Alaphillippe, but I suspect he might not be there so I say Thomas. Bernal will lead him and the G will drop everyone.
 
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Tonton said:
...if riders do what riders usually do, i.e.letting Sky/Ineos dictate the pace and write the story, yes. One way to hopefully derail them may be to attack in the CdC, try to shed some of the Ineos riders before the PDBF.
To me that prelude climb on Col des Chevrères will be the most interesting part . Will Ineos domestiques get dropped, probably not, but a lot of other people will be put in difficulty

Funny video on Col des Chevrères as a strategic addition to the stage, "a mini-Galibier"
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20vdqh

So besides 2014, it doesn't have any strategic history, but it did have a big effect that year, by distancing some aspiring GC guys and strong riders, before Belles Filles ... [from race reports and results]

Michal Kwiatkowski 0:02:13 (could not follow Rodriguez on CdC)
Jakob Fuglsang 0:02:47
Michele Scarponi 0:03:49 (crashed on descent of CdC)
Pierre Rolland 0:04:14
Steven Kruijswijk 0:04:16
Tony Gallopin 0:04:46 (blew up on climb of CdC and was dropped)
Tom Dumoulin 0:08:45 ? ? ? (got hosed)

I think tomorrow won't have any big winners but will have a lot of big losers like that, the top-10 finishers are only part of the story

Some local residents very unhappy about the gravel on Planche des belles filles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JffbObRyhGQ
"Les indignés de la planche, comme ils s'appellent, inquiet de ces nouveaux trains: "Ca fait plus de six ans on n'a rien vu venir, au contraire tout se vend, tout se perd, les magasins disparaissent - ça pose quand même un sacré problème au niveau de la gabegie quand on voit les tonnes de gravier qui sont en train de monter ici qui est des produits qui risque de nous emmener aussi de l'ambroisie, c'est grave"

They are protesting because they think the gravel is a stunt, which will have no economic benefit to the towns, and brings environmental problems, ragweed pollen, etc
 
Bardet, Quintana, LRP & A Yates need to make up for the TTT - a poor showing and it'll be more dropped time. Sagan to go in the break for the sprint points after 29 km then it'll be two groups. Who's to lead the peloton, the Ineos train?
 
Thanks for the preview and especially the pictures of Mulhouse, TonTon. I spent a year at university there in 90s and have incredibly fond memories of it.
 
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Koronin said:
Velolover2 said:
Fuglsang is a former mountain biker. If he is ok, he should feel at home at the double-digit gravel sector.

I think it's between him, Bernal and Yates. The latter two are more explosive but he wouldn't be far away.

1. Yates
2. Bernal
3. Fuglsang

4. Woods
5. Martin
6. Pinot
7. Thomas
8. Quintana
9. Benoot
10. Buchmann

No Valverde? This should be a good stage for him to try to win.
No. I think he hasn't got the form to win this one from the group of favorites. The strongest climbers of this race will step up on this climb, I'm expecting Bernal, Pinot, Landa and Fuglsang to fight for the win. Bala might try from Col des Chevreres though, that would be an interesting move.
 
Aru to remember the times of his former glory and tear off up the final climb like a mad man and win by 38 seconds !!

As Sean Kelly says some riders find it very hard on the first climbing stage so I expect a few running out of steam

I do think Porte & TJ will go well ...in a 'ride your bicycle like an old lady out shopping kind of way' but still well and better than many

However the winner will be explosive so not Quitana nor Steve K nor Thomas nor Bardet nor Landa

More like Bernal, or Buchman or Pinot or Yates or D martin ftw

God it could any of 15 guys
 
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Kruijswijk, Pinot or Landa to take the stage
If the break takes it; Alaphilippe, Barguil or Herrada
Thomas/Fuglsang to loose a little time.
Bernal needs to be a better than he was at Suisse, and I am sure he is and will be up there.
 
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HelloDolly said:
BTW why did Valverde lose all the weight ...he looks ill ...too much

P.S Fuglsang top 5 tomorrow for me

He lost 3kg from his normal race weight. He had put 1kg back on between Occatine and the National Championships and said he was likely going to put .5 to 1kg more back on before the Tour started. He said he was experimenting. He's started the Tour between 1 and 1.5 kg less than his normal race weight. From pictures from the Tour he looks better than he did at Occatine.
 

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