|Was anyone else surprised watching yesterday's stage about the way some of the main contenders were burnt off the wheels on the Cat 3 climb near the end? |
I know it was a short nasty little dig and the field would break up, but surprising to see some of the big names lost on that climb considering it was only a Cat 3.
At the top of the climb there was a small group that had got away and the only serious GC contenders left in it were Heras and Sastre.
A bigger group formed on the descent with the main riders but had it been a hilly finish like today there would have been a lot of time gaps.
Were the likes of Mancebo, Simoni, Azevedo, & others caught by surprise or were they struggling?
Landis & Gonzalez had problems at the bottom of the climb so that excuses them!
What do you think will happen today and who do you think will attack and put time into other GC riders on the mountain top finish?
Message 2 - posted by Mrs_John_Murphy , Yesterday My guess is that Simoni et al didn't think that the serious racing was going to start for a couple of other days.
Didn't Azevedo bring down Piepoli?
Message 3 - posted by Berks_Stallion , Yesterday Not sure who brought down who, but this was on the descent and they were all trying to rejoin the group of Heras so in their efforts, probably made mistakes.
I would be surprised if they thought the racing wouldn't have started yesterday as that was the perfect place to launch an attack.
First mountain stage of sorts today so we will see who is in decent form.
Do you think Mcgee can keep gold today? http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbfivelive/F2148575?thread=935403
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