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Paris-Nice STAGE 6: Peynie - Tourrettes-sur-Loup - 220 km

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Big GMaC said:
do you know if there will be any eurosport feeds? on TV ants? because almost everything else gets c0ckblocked by the censor
The Steephill post mirrors Eurosport scheduling. Live early 1-15pmGMT 2-15pmCET (sorry, no idea what that is in Shanghai time!)
So, there should be a nice long ES feed somewhere.
They aren't on the HD channel, today, though, which is a bummer for me.

Nearly said:
Are we writing off Leipheimer?

Who?
 
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Nearly said:
Are we writing off Leipheimer?

From what I have seen so far it would be a suprise to see Leipheimer with the favourites today, or tomorrow for that matter.
Although the terrain will suit him better now. It's like he's not there mentally. I think he has settled with the reality and from now on, it's only about the training.
 
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contador/astana need some allies today. like yesterday when gustov/cervelo turned out helpful because of the team completion semantics.

the likeliest tactic from astana will be again defensive.

i can’t see anyone being able to shake off contador of their wheel up col de vence or down the other side for that matter.

the last 5k with the 2% uphill suit valverde. so he may take a handful of seconds back again.

an hour to go..
 
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The stage today is rather unpredictable, I would like to see something from Fränk Schleck, and I don't think it's enterily impossible that he will find the legs.
Just prior to the First stage of Paris - Nice F. Schleck's teammates said that he was putting on the hurt. Don't know what went wrong for him during this weak but consistency was never his thing.
 
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So the finish is a slight incline?

Will suit Sagan. But I highly doubt he'll be there with the favourites over the climb or that he will catch back on if he is dropped.
 
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Bike Boy said:
The stage today is rather unpredictable, I would like to see something from Fränk Schleck, and I don't think it's enterily impossible that he will find the legs.
Just prior to the First stage of Paris - Nice F. Schleck's teammates said that he was putting on the hurt. Don't know what went wrong for him during this weak but consistency was never his thing.

Well as he was never going to look for the win here, is it possible he had a recent gynocology exam... Cynical I know. :(
 
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Sasquatch said:
So the finish is a slight incline?

Will suit Sagan. But I highly doubt he'll be there with the favourites over the climb or that he will catch back on if he is dropped.

Yeah I doubt that too. The main GC contenders will simply make the pace on the climbs too tough.
 
Sasquatch said:
So the finish is a slight incline?

Will suit Sagan. But I highly doubt he'll be there with the favourites over the climb or that he will catch back on if he is dropped.

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Looks like there are some places with 4-5% between 3 and 2km to go. Similar to yesterday finish.
 
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python said:
as i said above the last 2% hill suits riders like valverde who are more than likely to be there.

Agree and this is just another reason why Contador should try to do some damage on that Cat. 1 climb.
 
Sasquatch said:
If Cunego wants a win, he has to go in the breakaway today. I reckon he might.

He did come 6th the other day up to Mende so it suggests he should have the legs to be in the top 10 up the climb today. If so he might be able to slip away towards the end.

Having said that, he has lost plenty of time so could get in a break.
 
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Frosty said:
He did come 6th the other day up to Mende so it suggests he should have the legs to be in the top 10 up the climb today. If so he might be able to slip away towards the end.

Having said that, he has lost plenty of time so could get in a break.

Levi Leipheimer, Cunego, Sandy Cesar, Tony Martin up the road in a group of 23
 
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Break 1.20

This will be the break of the day. Could this be a carbon copy of the stage 9 in the the Tour de France last year into Tarbes? At the bottom of the Tourmalet, they had 40km to go to the finish and Pellizotti and Fedrigo held off the peloton. I sense a similar situation with maybe about 5 of them attacking on the climb and then the peloton not really interested in catching them.
 
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Well with Chavanel there and a few others, this break is doomed. A small group of them need to get away on the climb with the best rider at least 3 minutes down if they are a chance of staying away.
 
Sasquatch said:
Break 1.20

This will be the break of the day. Could this be a carbon copy of the stage 9 in the the Tour de France last year into Tarbes? At the bottom of the Tourmalet, they had 40km to go to the finish and Pellizotti and Fedrigo held off the peloton. I sense a similar situation with maybe about 5 of them attacking on the climb and then the peloton not really interested in catching them.

Paris-Nice is such a short race (relatively speaking), I don't think anyone with ambition to win can let a break go on a day like this. I think Valverde and Lulu will send Caisse to the front somewhere around the second to last cat 3 climb. Euskaltel will join them because so far they don't have much to show for this Paris-Nice.

Obviously, I could be wrong. Look at my Macho Man hype!
 
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Publicus said:
Paris-Nice is such a short race (relatively speaking), I don't think anyone with ambition to win can let a break go on a day like this. I think Valverde and Lulu will send Caisse to the front somewhere around the second to last cat 3 climb. Euskaltel will join them because so far they don't have much to show for this Paris-Nice.

Obviously, I could be wrong. Look at my Macho Man hype!

I was meaning let a break go by only a couple of minutes if the best placed rider isn't too far down.

But you're right. They have a rider in the break to help them later on. So does Contador for that matter.