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Prediction time: Who's in the break tomorrow?

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My guess:
1) Not Vino-- he might be too tempted to put 5:00 into Contador!
2) At least one guy named Sorensen, maybe two.
3) At least five guys whose last names end with "-eau".
4) At least one Rabobank guy
5) Coupla Shackies, to preserve that critical team standing.
6) The ever-hopeful Cunego
Did I miss anyone?
 
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I think Saxo will put someone out there. Would be interesting to see Canc doing it again (as years past). In an effort to survive the second to last climb to contribute on the final flat for punishment.
 
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scribe said:
I think Saxo will put someone out there. Would be interesting to see Canc doing it again (as years past). In an effort to survive the second to last climb to contribute on the final flat for punishment.

I had that thought too, but decided that maybe Cance and Voigt would make better decoys, and that guys like either Sorensen or Fuglsang, maybe even O'Grady, might be more useful to have up the road in terms of maybe being fresher from having had an easier Tour thus far.
 
Charteau and Moreau for definite. Each will have a teammate with them. I expect Rolland for Charteau (if Charteau is dropped he can try to outsprint Moreau to preserve the points) and José Iván Gutiérrez for Moreau (he'll be the one to set a killer pace). And if Caisse put a couple of riders in there, Radioshack will have to put two in there. I predict Popovych will be one of them. Christophe Riblon - he was in the top 10 riders for time gained in breakaways in both the Tour and Vuelta last year. Nicolas Roche perhaps. Sandy Casar. At least one QuickStep rider, and possibly Mario Aerts too.
 
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2wheels said:
I had that thought too, but decided that maybe Cance and Voigt would make better decoys, and that guys like either Sorensen or Fuglsang, maybe even O'Grady, might be more useful to have up the road in terms of maybe being fresher from having had an easier Tour thus far.

Maybe Voigt. With the intent of him actually surviving a little ways up the tourmalet. I don't know. Gonna be interesting to see it all unfold.

I think they should suit up Frank and have him hide in the last of the shrubbery on the climb. Slide him in there and let him pound out to the finish instead of Andy.
 
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lagartija said:
yeah vino goes up the road, i think it all comes back when the hammers come down though, dont think any break will get more than 4 min

Maybe a better question is this: If Vino goes, do the other GC teams chase him-- or do they wait and force Contador to?;):D
 
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I'll take some risks and give breakaway riders for tomorrow:

Hushovd
Petacchi
Valls Ferri
Rui Costa
Moureau
Pineau
Charteau
Lance
Brajkovic
Sandy Casar
El Fares
Cadel Evans
Basso
Monfort
 
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scribe said:
Maybe Voigt. With the intent of him actually surviving a little ways up the tourmalet. I don't know. Gonna be interesting to see it all unfold.

I think they should suit up Frank and have him hide in the last of the shrubbery on the climb. Slide him in there and let him pound out to the finish instead of Andy.

Doubt Voigt is going anywhere, he's pretty beat up and only looking to make it to Paris I think.
 
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I think they should suit up Frank and have him hide in the last of the shrubbery on the climb. Slide him in there and let him pound out to the finish instead of Andy.

Didn't Robbie Mac actually do that a few years ago? Hide behind a bush, I mean; I know he never hammered a climb.
 
2wheels said:
Didn't Robbie Mac actually do that a few years ago? Hide behind a bush, I mean; I know he never hammered a climb.
Dutch rider Rini Wagtmans did something like that back in the days. The peloton chaised him only to find out that he had been hiding in a farm as the riders passed by and then joined the group from behind.
 
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2wheels said:
My guess:
1) Not Vino-- he might be too tempted to put 5:00 into Contador!
2) At least one guy named Sorensen, maybe two.
3) At least five guys whose last names end with "-eau".
4) At least one Rabobank guy
5) Coupla Shackies, to preserve that critical team standing.
6) The ever-hopeful Cunego
Did I miss anyone?

Jurgen vd Broecke ?
 
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The battle for the final podium place will be just as fascinating as the battle for the yellow jersey. Looking forward to an explosive duel or two.
 
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my answer to the initial question is:

Luis León Sánchez Gil
Rui Alberto Faria da Costa
Imanol Erviti Ollo
José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios
Vasili Kiryienka
Christophe Moreau
Mathieu Perget
Ruben Plaza Molina
Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil

:D
 
Armstrong has said in the past that he regrets never winning on Tourmalet.

Bruyneel said yesterday in reference to Armstrong's failed stage win attempt, "On Thursday we try again".

Armstrong will try to go again.
 
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Barrus said:
I hope Moreau, would be awesome for him to win the Polka

bbox ain't that dumb :rolleyes: hope not... bbox will try like hell to get a rider up the road,take points away from moreau..my bet is

8 riders will go away... blood carrots...ag2r..the other 2 french teams...bbox..saxo bank...astana...an one other :rolleyes: