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TdF 2017 stage 7: Troyes > Nuits-Saint-Georges 213,5 km

Who is going to win the stage?

  • Marcel Kittel to destroy them all convincingly

    Votes: 42 50.0%
  • Marcel Kittel after a close sprint/photo finish

    Votes: 12 14.3%
  • Arnaud Demare

    Votes: 7 8.3%
  • Alexander Kristoff

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • André Greipel

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • Nacer Bouhanni

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • Dylan Groenewegen

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • None of the above

    Votes: 6 7.1%
  • Vino-option

    Votes: 9 10.7%

  • Total voters
    84
  • Poll closed .
Prudhomme's thoughts:

The globally flat course seems perfectly suited for a revenge between the sprinters, frustrated by the outcome of the previous day. However the final loop of 40 kilometres will see the peloton battle it out in the sidewind and some teams will certainly make the best of it. The Burgundy vineyard homelands are indeed registered on the World Heritage of Humanity sites.

These thoughts are underlined by the profile...:

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Weather forecast at tomorrow's finish, Nuit-Saint-Georges:

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Beware, risk of thunderstorms and showers at the start in Troyes as well, but taking the weak and therefore probably insignifacant wind tomorrow, the only part of the profile of tomorrow's stage that will be decisive is the last kilometers:

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General classification top 10 after stage 6:

1. Christopher FROOME
2. Geraint THOMAS + 12''
3. Fabio ARU + 14''
4. Daniel MARTIN + 25''
5. Richie PORTE + 39''
6. Simon YATES + 43''
7. Romain BARDET + 47''
8. Alberto CONTADOR + 52''
9. Nairo QUINTANA + 54''
10. Rafal MAJKA + 1'01''

Green points jersey classification top 5:

1. Arnaud DEMARE 170
2. Marcel KITTEL 143
3. Michael MATTHEWS 96
4. André GREIPEL 93
5. Alexander KRISTOFF 74

Polka-dot King of the Mountains jersey top 3:

1. Fabio ARU 10
2. Dan MARTIN 8
3. Christopher FROOME 6
 
Somebody euthanise me now. I can't take another day like this.

(At least there's the Tour de San Luis style amateurish stream of the Osterreich Rundfahrt, where Superman Lopez has to go nuts on a HC climb 60 km out if he's going to stop Denifl from taking AquaBlue's first ever stage race...)
 
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Zinoviev Letter said:
Somebody euthanise me now. I can't take another day like this.

(At least there's the Tour de San Luis style amateurish stream of the Osterreich Rundfahrt, where Superman Lopez has to go nuts on a HC climb 60 km out if he's going to stop Denifl from taking AquaBlue's first ever stage race...)
Stage 11 between Eymet and Pau. Oh, this one will be fun.
 
Literally never been so down on this race before. Lets make 10 sprinter stages, where absolutely nothing happens the whole day, where people have no incentive to actually race apart from the last 10 kilometres, and show all these stages from the start to finish. That will be great, guys. :D

Prudhomme, you are a tool. Could could at least have made the rest of the route worthwhile.
 
Valv.Piti said:
Literally never been so down on this race before. Lets make 10 sprinter stages, where absolutely nothing happens the whole day, where people have no incentive to actually race apart from the last 10 kilometres, and show all these stages from the start to finish. That will be great, guys. :D

Prudhomme, you are a tool. Could could at least have made the rest of the route worthwhile.

This. I don't know how this helps ASO's goals. They're sacrificing viewership because :confused: profit?
 
I mean, wtf is these guys thinking? That this will actually intrigue people?? Throw a couple of difficulties into the finales at least to make the sprinter-teams wonder if their sprinter can make it over and the stagehunters believe (both from the early break, but also later on) they actually have a chance. That way we will see bigger breaks, a faster pace and more unpredictability. Its literally win-win-win, but Prudhomme (who is a giant tool) wants to sell this idea that the fight for green is more open. Literally the only way I can see anyone design so downright shitty stages throughout a whole Tour, christ, there are 6-7 more to go. And then they throw him out anyways.

Shame on Prudhomme, shame on ASO:
 
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Valv.Piti said:
I mean, wtf is these guys thinking? That this will actually intrigue people?? Throw a couple of difficulties into the finales at least to make the sprinter-teams wonder if their sprinter can make it over and the stagehunters believe (both from the early break, but also later on) they actually have a chance. That way we will see bigger breaks, a faster pace and more unpredictability. Its literally win-win-win, but Prudhomme (who is a giant tool) wants to sell this idea that the fight for green is more open. Literally the only way I can see anyone design so downright ****** stages throughout a whole Tour, christ, there are 6-7 more to go. And then they throw him out anyways.

Shame on Prudhomme, shame on ASO:

"The globally flat course seems perfectly suited for a revenge between the sprinters, frustrated by the outcome of the previous day." This is the plan! Keep them frustrated and give them another and another and another chance while frustrating everybody who watches and is not frustrated yet.