Paris - Nice, Stage 3 Châtel-Guyon -> Brioude 170 km, Wednesday 6th March

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Sep 22, 2012
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They should do the loop the other way.

However it seems highly likely a sprinter will win, although slim chance of something else.
OPQS will try to put Chavanel in the lead and probably will succeed but I think they will do by setting a very high tempo rather than Chavanel attacking.
 
I think Rojas, Matthews and Viviani have the best chance for a stage win. I expect to see some attacks from Sylvain and some hard work done by Gilbert.

I do hope Matthews can win, but i wouldn't mind if the other 2 did either.
Renshaw if he survives could go well too.
 
Apr 8, 2010
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Dazed and Confused said:
well, we wouldn't want too much excitement this early in the race.

Gallopin FTW.
What's wrong with giving the descenders a chance?
 
Dec 27, 2010
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Personally I think doing the loop that way around favours attackers more than the other way around. A narrow descent will make it much more difficult to get organised and chase. OK so it's probably still going to be a sprint. But a wide descent is a lot easier to find your sprinter, bring him to the front and get chasing than a narrow one like we've got today.
 
will10 said:
Personally I think doing the loop that way around favours attackers more than the other way around. A narrow descent will make it much more difficult to get organised and chase. OK so it's probably still going to be a sprint. But a wide descent is a lot easier to find your sprinter, bring him to the front and get chasing than a narrow one like we've got today.
So 8 km on good wide roads with no flat is worse for attackers, than 11 km of good wide road that is flat?
 
Dec 27, 2010
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Based on the google maps images you posted, I'd say yes. It won't be an easy chase, the reverse would be.
 
Mar 13, 2009
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Dazed and Confused said:
Gallopin FTW.
I read on his sisters blog that he didn't feel good yesterday, stiff and sore from a crash on stage 1...

I hope Voeckler and Chavanel will go kamikaze in that descend, also agree that Meersman sounds like a good candidate
 

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