Pinerolo > Galibier 200kms
Sir Alex Ferguson calls the final weeks of the english football season "squeaky bum time" with it's squeaky bum time on the TdF. Three huge climbs today, one at the finish is gong to shape the outcome of the race for sure and I'm getting nervous for Cadel. the schlecks have each other, Contador and Sanchez seem to have some Spanish alliance going on, Cadel seems to be all on his own once his team mates can no longer hang on.
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I'm going for Contador but all the GC contenders will be not too far behind him, hoping Voeckler can hang on to yellow and Cadel can take that off him tomorrow on the Alpe d'Huez. God, this is exciting.
Sadly I agree with you Patrick. I reckon Contador is going to finish several minutes ahead of both Evans and the Schlecks. Contador was just playing with them last night. And it'll be a repeat on Friday night too. Despite the entire nation suddenly becoming Cadel supporters and cycling experts (doesn't Tomalaris give you the sheets with his outrageous "expert predictions") Cadel just isnt a big mountains man and he doesnt have enough of a lead over Contador to buffer him for the next two stages.
My prediction for the final podium
Contador (looking demoralised while being booed by the crowd. With any luck he'll drop the stupid pistol act)
Evans (crying, second....again)
I think this year they should hand out two special awards. One to Denmark ( 4 wins, yellow jersey for days) and one to Voeckler for living up to the Liggetism of "when you wear the yellow jersey you ride like two men". Even if Contador wins, the last few days of racing have been worth it!
Denmark?? I will let you off slightly due to it being up there close to the arctic circle, and allowing for fatigue due to being more than halfway through a month of no sleep
and i say they have one more in them, Boasson Hagen, with one more huge lump of youthful exuberance, Cadel to hang on to Contador's wheel until about 5k and then be dropped but he will take yellow tonight
Crap, sorry Jon. Writing a paper about Denmark so had it (and not Norway) in my head.
yeah, cadel has been able to match all the attacks so far and looks comfortable. i don't think he has the legs to attack on the climbs, but i think he'll be able to hang on then do enough on the time trial
but yes, i think contador will win tonight without much of a lead on the rest of them