Peyragudes 2017? That might be my number one most disappointing stage, not only in the tour de france but overall. That was a 200 km mountain stage without a significant attack before 500 meters to go.Simurgh said:1. Tourmalet 2010
2. Alpe d'Huez 2011
3. Saint Amand-Montrond 2013 (crosswinds)
4. Le Grand Bornand 2009
5. Alpe d'Huez 2015
Also quite fond of Peyragudes 2017, Carcassonne 2018, Semnoz 2013 (time for that climb to return!), Ax-3 annihilation 2013 was also quite fun to watch, because my eyes couldn't believe what they saw!
Unfortunately I didn't watch the stage to Morzine in 2000 (it was pretty much the same as 2006, If I remember correctly, if not the exact same), but that was pretty epic yes. There was really never any question about the victory still, well, there weren't really apart from 2003. But still some pretty great stages from that era, at least much better than the ones we are seeing today. Can also mention the stage to Saint Lary Soulan in 2001 - Ullrich attacking 3 mountains out, crashing, Armstrong waiting and just humiliating him on the last climb in the scorching heat as easily as ever, standing in the pedals and attacking the whole way up like he did earlier to Alpe d Huez. The strongest Armstrong ever IMO and the rider I'd pick to go up against any peak GT-rider. Jalabart was pretty close to win that stage.Squire said:Morzine 2006 is the only correct answer, really. The one in 2000 where Pantani attacked early and Armstrong cracked under the Kelme onslaught was fantastic, too. Many of the 2003 stages deserve a mention, same with Aubisque 2007. A personal favourite is of course Peyragudes 2012. Galibier 2011 was pretty epic as well.
I loved how cocky Rasmussen was after that stage, having been forced to do teamwork earlier in the race: "Today I did it my way." Also, Klöden was a beast that day.Valv.Piti said:A slightly homer pick would also be the stage to La Touissuire in 2006. Haven't seen it mentioned - Rasmussen won in pretty incredible fashion, Landis cracked in the bottom of the last climb and nobody knew what the **** was going on. Sastre, Klöden, Pereiro, everyone could win. Obviously, the stage the day after over Joux Plane to Morzine is the one everyone remembers, but it was a good stage overall with a great and unpredictable finishing climb where everyone suddenly began to smell blood.
ArcalisLogic-is-your-friend said:The first attack in 2009 by contador. Don't remember the stage, but first Vandenbrouck made an attack. And then a minute later, Contador went, blew past JVDB, and the issue of "who is the leader" at Astana was settled. I wasn't exactly a big Armstrong fan. Just the fact that then and there Contador pulled the rug from under Armstrong, made it one of my favorite stages.
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