Contador says they don't want to defend their jersey tomorrow, so a break could be possible.TeamSkyFans said:weird stage.. lumpy enough for riders to break away, but astana will obviously want to defend the jersey..
so erm.. breakaway builds up 10 minutes, gap comes back, contador stays in yellow.. slight dirth of sprinters in the race though. Im gonna tip Russ Downing to pick up the sprint win, even though it is on a weird downhill thingy
Frosty said:Was looking at this one the official site earlier and i think the last few kilometres are a bit misleading - they dont actually dive down to sea level!
The main descent is between 3 and a bit and 2km where the altitude drops from 500 to 400metres asl. The last 2km then sees a gentle rise.
Frosty said:Well, for what its worth, Conty is saying they wont defend the jersey tomorrow
Polish said:Lance has won TWICE, Alberto ZERO times.
Frosty said:Depends who is attacking as to whether Contador will defend the jersey or not. If a group of non-climbers get away then Astana may be content to let them stay away knowing that the time will come back in the mountains. Or maybe Alberto will fancy carrying the jersey from start to finish and show that his team is strong.
As far as taking it easy goes, Conty came third last year behind Valverde and Evans in the Dauphine and went on to win the tour. Dont see why he would take it easy this time, maybe a case of going 95%
Polish said:Alberto and Astana will DEFEND the jersey.
It would be a HUGE Dishonor to the Dauphiné to not defend!
If Alberto soft pedals boooo.