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Tour de France 2017 Stage 12: Pau > Peyragudes 214.5km

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GraftPunk said:
Yep, I wish Cummings would hit the pointy side of things so my velogames team isn't quite so deep in the toilet. So much rain, so little mischief on his part.
Tomorrow's too jaggedly for him. He'll go for the break on Friday, assess halfway if he has the legs to beat the guys he's with, and decide to either go all-in to Foix, or sit up and try and battle GVA on the road to Rodez on Saturday.
 
Barguil and Roglic to battle for mountain points. I hope Pinot is in better form today, but after 3 rest days, that's unlikely ;)

I'm hoping the real action will start in the second half of the Port de Bales (there's a nice steep pitch about 4km from the top). It will probably start on the Peyresourde.

Allez Romain. Unfortunately, I'm busy today.
 
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Broccolidwarf said:
Baring further freak crashes (heck, by this rate, Brice Feillu can end up on the podium in Paris :D), I think the race is pretty much set after tomorrow:

Froome, Bardet, Aru and Uran are the clear podium candidates.
Fuglsang is injured
Martin is injured
Yates, Quintana, Contador, Meintjes and Chavez don't have the form
Porte, Thomas, Valverde, Majka and Izaguirre all crashed out.

And we and not even half way..... accident prone tour this year :(

- Oh, and btw...... I think Cannondale will surprise us all tomorrow.

They actually have a pretty strong mountain team, and we might even see them send a couple of intermediate guys out early, to be able to back up Uran later in the stage (on the last double-mountain), while Talansky and Roland stick with him until the favorites attack.

- We have gotten so used to them sucking, the last couple of years... that we forget the team actually does have skill, when it is directed at a common goal ;)

For the early break: Roche, Avermaet, Cummings, Pauwels, Bakelants, Latour, Valgren, Mollema, Betancur, Brown, Roglic, Feillu, Wellens, De Gendt, McCarthy, Brambilla,G. Martin, Matthews, Geschke, Ten Dam, Edet, Voeckler, Chavanel, Atapuma, Grmay, Pinot.... Am I forgetting anyone? :D

You are indeed forgetting someone... Rudy Molard.

I've been saying for several seasons now that he'll win a GT stage from a break one of these days. Well, now the stars have all aligned for it!

Half the team out, pride to salvage, Pinot Giro tired. There's a reason Rudy was testing his legs out yesterday off the front for a bit ;)
 
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Orbit501 said:
Broccolidwarf said:

You are indeed forgetting someone... Rudy Molard.

I've been saying for several seasons now that he'll win a GT stage from a break one of these days. Well, now the stars have all aligned for it!

Half the team out, pride to salvage, Pinot Giro tired. There's a reason Rudy was testing his legs out yesterday off the front for a bit ;)
There will always be some riders in the break who are stronger / the better climber than Molard in a mountain stage like today.
 
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Popchu said:
Orbit501 said:
Broccolidwarf said:

You are indeed forgetting someone... Rudy Molard.

I've been saying for several seasons now that he'll win a GT stage from a break one of these days. Well, now the stars have all aligned for it!

Half the team out, pride to salvage, Pinot Giro tired. There's a reason Rudy was testing his legs out yesterday off the front for a bit ;)
There will always be some riders in the break who are stronger / the better climber than Molard in a mountain stage like today.

You know that, I know that, but what's the harm in dreaming once in a while :)
 
Weather forecast:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tour-de-france-2017-thunderstorm-threat-as-racers-climb-into-the-pyrenees-on-thursday/70002141

Stage 12 will take the riders from the low elevation of Pau to Peyragudes in the Pyrenees. Stage 13 on Friday will again take riders into the Pyrenees.
The large differences in elevation throughout the routes will result in temperatures ranging from 15-24 C (59-75 F) and also bring the potential for dramatic changes in weather.
High pressure building over the Atlantic Ocean to the west of France will block any significant weather systems from impacting southern France this week; however, there could be just enough moisture in the air to help spark an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the Pyrenees both Thursday and Friday.
Another concern is that riders may have to contend with localized pockets of clouds and fog significantly reducing visibility near the mountain passes.