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Re: Tour de Suisse
« on: June 12, 2018, 20:11 »
yeah. Maybe next year

More mountains already? After the overdose of riding-in-a-line-up-the-mountain-until-500m-left we had in the Criterium de Dauphine, a parcourse that is actually raced by the peloton and not just endured is nice for a change.  :angry

However, there has been one too much "let's put a hill in before the finish so Sagan/Matthews/Colbrelli can dump the boulevard sprinters" kind of finish. It's a bit repetitive (even if the breakaway took it today).

It becomes obivous why Tour of Slovenia is the new prelude to the clash of the titans, featuring the Bee-train, Kittel and Cavendish. (#jumbo seems to send the full TdF lineup there..)

For tomorrow, it is not just the Leukerbad, there is the climb to Montana (as in Crans-Montana) also. It is a long climb, but the gradients are kind of moderate. If a climber's team want to make it hard for the roleurs and fast uphill finishers, there are opportunities in the steepest pitches up from he Rhône to Lens, which will be where they plan to turn on the cameras tomorrow.

The steepest pitch is the long straight through the woods 2/3 to the top, but I don't think it is much more than 8%.
EDIT: the profile I found on Ride with GPS doesn't show much detail but: there's a strava segment there with a max at 13,9 % just after the turn into the long straight section. Someone make an attack, please!

Curious to see if #movistar Quintana is willing to to try something or if he will wait for the third week.
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