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In the list of the hardest GT stages ever posted here a couple of days ago there was Pamplona '96 that had more than 100 kms of flat or almost flat after Larrau and still is one of the bigger carnage i've ever seen.
Depends upon how it is raced. The Pau stage in 1986 had the Marie Blanque as the hardest climb. Yet, because they raced the entire day, it was carnage. Lemond gained more than 40 seconds with an attack on an uncategorized climb near the end, but still came in about 5 minutes behind Hinault and Delgado
 
If the stage is very, very hard it doesn't really matter where you put the flat, in front, in the middle or in the back. Your legs won't tolerate flat regardless!!!!
Depending if you have helpers or not. If a race has already exploded, a peleton is decimated and riders have to work on their own then flat sections can be as difficult (and gap-producing) as climbs. It's not a coincidence that Bernal exploded at the start of Covadonga - the flat section killed him.
 
So on the big bridge before Nyborg, I'm seeing on google street view the barriers on the edges are suuuper low and normally the right most lane just isn't used?

Isn't that gonna be a problem where crashes will have a very high likelyhood of riders just being thrown into the sea?
 
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So on the big bridge before Nyborg, I'm seeing on google street view the barriers on the edges are suuuper low and normally the right most lane just isn't used?

Isn't that gonna be a problem where crashes will have a very high likelyhood of riders just being thrown into the sea?
Well, isn't the first week all about the spectacle, anyway?

At the top of the bridge, there is 70 metres to the sea, so I would hope that's not a real risk!
 
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