Paris - Nice, Stage 4 Brioude -> Saint-Vallier 200 km, Thursday 7th March

Feb 5, 2012
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Can someone please explain to me the mountain categories? How is a 2.5 km @ 8% grade considered a category 2? Makes no sense.
 

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Nov 12, 2012
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Dazed and Confused said:
A serious break could take the win.
About 50 riders @ 10 minutes back or so.

De Gendt to go with the break and win stage.
Yes. Looks good for De Gendt.
Wonder if Gilbert will fancy his chances. Didn't look bad so far, although not in top shape.
 
GC Contenders
1 Andrew TALANSKY USA GRS 4:06:15
5 Richie PORTE AUS SKY +0
11 Lieuwe WESTRA NED VCD +7
14 Nicolas ROCHE IRL TST +7
23 Andreas KLÖDEN GER RLT +7
24 Nairo QUINTANA COL MOV +7
26 Tejay V. GARDEREN USA BMC +7
27 Robert KISERLOVSKI CRO RLT +7
28 Michele SCARPONI ITA LAM +7
34 Robert GESINK NED BLA +1:05
35 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +1:05
36 Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE +1:05
37 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +1:05
42 Maxime MONFORT BEL RLT +1:05
43 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:05
45 Denis MENCHOV RUS KAT +1:05
50 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC +1:22
 
cineteq said:
GC Contenders
1 Andrew TALANSKY USA GRS 4:06:15
5 Richie PORTE AUS SKY +0
11 Lieuwe WESTRA NED VCD +7
14 Nicolas ROCHE IRL TST +7
23 Andreas KLÖDEN GER RLT +7
24 Nairo QUINTANA COL MOV +7
26 Tejay V. GARDEREN USA BMC +7
27 Robert KISERLOVSKI CRO RLT +7
28 Michele SCARPONI ITA LAM +7
34 Robert GESINK NED BLA +1:05
35 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +1:05
36 Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE +1:05
37 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +1:05
42 Maxime MONFORT BEL RLT +1:05
43 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:05
45 Denis MENCHOV RUS KAT +1:05
50 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC +1:22
That is stage 3. Not the overall ;)

And this is the stage 4 thread
 
cineteq said:
GC Contenders
1 Andrew TALANSKY USA GRS 4:06:15
5 Richie PORTE AUS SKY +0
11 Lieuwe WESTRA NED VCD +7
14 Nicolas ROCHE IRL TST +7
23 Andreas KLÖDEN GER RLT +7
24 Nairo QUINTANA COL MOV +7
26 Tejay V. GARDEREN USA BMC +7
27 Robert KISERLOVSKI CRO RLT +7
28 Michele SCARPONI ITA LAM +7
34 Robert GESINK NED BLA +1:05
35 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +1:05
36 Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE +1:05
37 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +1:05
42 Maxime MONFORT BEL RLT +1:05
43 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:05
45 Denis MENCHOV RUS KAT +1:05
50 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC +1:22
Hussler for IAM instead of Löfkvist? :S
 

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Looks like it was harder back then. Maybe that was the reason why Chava hasn't won it.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be different.
 
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cineteq said:
GC Contenders
1 Andrew TALANSKY USA GRS 4:06:15
5 Richie PORTE AUS SKY +0
11 Lieuwe WESTRA NED VCD +7
14 Nicolas ROCHE IRL TST +7
23 Andreas KLÖDEN GER RLT +7
24 Nairo QUINTANA COL MOV +7
26 Tejay V. GARDEREN USA BMC +7
27 Robert KISERLOVSKI CRO RLT +7
28 Michele SCARPONI ITA LAM +7
34 Robert GESINK NED BLA +1:05
35 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +1:05
36 Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE +1:05
37 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +1:05
42 Maxime MONFORT BEL RLT +1:05
43 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:05
45 Denis MENCHOV RUS KAT +1:05
50 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC +1:22
Since when was Haussler a GC contender?
 
Unkown said:
Can someone please explain to me the mountain categories? How is a 2.5 km @ 8% grade considered a category 2? Makes no sense.
I was thinking the same way. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that most passes are closed and that they want some differentating in the KOM to enhance the chances of GC riders.
 
Dec 30, 2011
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Unkown said:
Can someone please explain to me the mountain categories? How is a 2.5 km @ 8% grade considered a category 2? Makes no sense.
I think it also depends on circumstance
 
Feb 27, 2013
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Gotland said:
Hussler for IAM instead of Löfkvist? :S
HH is not a GC man! I thought Lofkvist looked good today, lurking in the main group of contenders, putting in a couple of big pulls when needed and then when clear that the group he was in wouldn't lose many seconds falling back and letting eg BMC do the hard work.

Tomorrow will be another very interesting day. Still very open. People will be nervous tomorrow again... I think Sky and Porte looked nervous today and may have done too much trying to ensure he was up in the leader group. Maybe smarter to conserve more energy in the larger group with the majority of the favourites? Tomorrow, and to a greater extent Friday, will tell...
 
Dec 30, 2011
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Quintana, Porte, Kloden, Talansky, TJVG, Roche and Westra seem to be the dangerous ones so far but that is not going on much.

I am hoping for Kiserlovski to go well here.
 
Feb 23, 2012
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Hard stage with a bit of crosswind, could be another shake up for the GC. I hope some of the guys who lost time today will try something, so could be fun. But more likely a large break will stay clear I'm afraid.
 

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