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Tour de France 2017 Stage 14 : Blagnac > Rodez 181.5 km

A steep climb for more time difference
A stage from Blagnac to Rodez has been done before but on a very different course. Back in 1984, it was also a Tour of glory for French riders. Pierre-Henri Menthéour delivered the sixth stage victory for the Renault team that was also going to win the Tour with Laurent Fignon. Tony Gallopin is the kind of Frenchman expected to shine in Rodez but it'll be hard for the whole bunch to keep Lilian Calmejane calm! The winner of stage 8 is the enfant du pays as he'll pass very near his hometown of Albi. Two years ago, Greg Van Avermaet claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France in Rodez where he outsprinted Peter Sagan and took a monkey off his back after losing so many races. It was the starting point of brilliant campaigns that made him a yellow jersey at the Tour de France last year, the Olympic champion and the winner of Paris-Roubaix this year. Due to the bad luck BMC encountered with Richie Porte crashing out, Van Avermaet is the hot favourite atop the côte de Saint-Pierre in Rodez. It's a short one: only 570 metres but it's very steep with an average gradient of 9.6%. Another occasion for Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru to gain a few more seconds onto Chris Froome before the Alps?

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Nice weather.
 
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Son of Amsterhammer said:
GVA is obvious favorite here, but I bet Matthews fancies his chances too. Outside chance for Martin, if he isn't cooked.
Martin will want to just stay with the GC guys and cover accelerations. If he fancies a go, it'll be Sunday.

Bling, GVA, Stybar, Kwiatkowski if he's let off the leash from his Dom duties. Anyone who's finished high up in Amstel or Strade Bianche basically, provided they don't have other pressing matters to attend to.
 
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zigzag wanderer said:
Does anyone have any details about the uncategorised climb at Bonnecombe (km 166)?

Is it steep enough/close enough to the finish for one of the GC guys to have a dig?

It's about 3km @ a bit more than 5%. Early in the tour it would probably a 3rd cat climb, but I don't think the GC men will attack on it.
 
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rghysens said:
zigzag wanderer said:
Does anyone have any details about the uncategorised climb at Bonnecombe (km 166)?

Is it steep enough/close enough to the finish for one of the GC guys to have a dig?

It's about 3km @ a bit more than 5%. Early in the tour it would probably a 3rd cat climb, but I don't think the GC men will attack on it.


Cheeres. I was hoping it was a little bit steeper.
 
I hope GVA will feel good today. He wasted a lot of energy yesterday trying to stay with the GC guys as long as possible. Not sure why he did that to be honest, seems to me like he should have saved his legs for today.

BMC should try to make the race as tough as possible today, you don't want to take a fresh Matthews to the finish line.
 

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