Yes, good call on those details, or even an understatement... Screaming descent into the final kilometer, including tight hard-right, then ninety-degree hard right, and then sharp left bend turns. Those corners alone are good reason not to contest a leadout/ bunch sprint there. People who are predicting a stage win from a breakaway may be right, or if the peloton makes a capture in the final kms, a reduced battle between puncheur types who get over the last hill firstRobert5091 said:Finish of stage 8 - not straight forward - virage trés serré en descente
That looks a pretty good shortlist to me, although:Pantani_lives said:Predestined for a breakaway, except if DQSt wants to take 8 seconds with Alaf. I don't think the other teams will allow him to join the break.
I predicted Valgren for today. What was I thinking? He has certainly been hiding himself well.
Possible riders in the break: Wellens, De Gendt, De Marchi, Van Avermaet, Stuyven, Van Aert, Costa, Boasson Hagen, Valgren, Kelderman, Roche, Herrada, Berhane, Clarke, S. Yates, Frank, Naesen, Gallopin...
I think this stage is going to be really interesting, many teams will want men in the break, and they will want a strong men there, plus there will be a battle for yellow between Trek and DQ. If some big names like Valverde, Lutsenko or even Nibali joins the break it will be carnage.Singer01 said:Nice stage for a Tuesday, garbage for a Saturday.
Don't think they would bluff danish media just prior to the stage. Before the news get out, they are already on the roadDanielSong39 said:Well this could be the usual case of pre-race bluffing but what he says does seem to be a likely scenario.
This is not a stage you can get away with a mishap though, I expect 1-2 riders in the top 30 to be caught out.
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