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Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
« on: September 08, 2020, 21:14 »
Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers

September 9th

The Tour bids farewell to the ocean. The 2020 Tour leaves the coast and enters the deeper French territory through the marshlands of Poitou. The scene is set for a bunched sprint in Poitiers with a final 1.5-km straight that could suit Arnaud Démare, winner in that town of his for French National champion’s jersey back in 2014, is what it says in the official introduction for tomorrow's 11th stage of the Tour de France.

But Arnaud Démare is off for some easier stage wins in Luxembourg, so we may need to watch out for another winner.



A big sprint looks likely indeed though, but it's not exactly an straight forward one:



So something like ~600m at 4% first, and the finishing straight seems to be a tiny bit uphill as well in the end. Could favor Ewan over Bennett a bit mayby.

And as a little throwback to yesterday's preview: "Il habite 12 avenue Pompidou à Poitiers" is about the only thing I remember from my French lessons in school. If it's a multi-storey building, he may be able to see the race pass by.

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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #1 on: September 08, 2020, 22:54 »
    the intermediate sprint is a bit uphill as well, by the way:



    still ~60k to go from there, and not super tough of course, but with the battle for #green heating up, the legs of the likes of #green Bennett and #bora Sagan could be a bit tired entering the finale already
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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #2 on: September 08, 2020, 23:02 »
    What ride with gps map in those pesky imperial units? 

    Anyway, looking at that little hill there:  #quickstep Alaphilippe would do it.
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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #3 on: September 09, 2020, 18:31 »
    Nice win by little Caleb

    Agree with Sagan being regulated
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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #4 on: September 09, 2020, 18:45 »
    pretty close win though





    relegation looked correct to me as well, yeah. And Sagan was lucky that the UCI rules were changed this year, meaning he got a 13pt penalty on top only (25% of the winner, 12.5 rounded up to 13) instead of the full 50. So the battle for #green isn't fully over yet
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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 07:30 »
    this is a pretty cool shot

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    Re: Stage 11: Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
    « Reply #6 on: September 10, 2020, 09:35 »
    At the time I watched it I agreed with the relegation. 

    But looking at it more closely, the crucial question is - when Sagan made the decision to go into that gap, was their a gap there, or did he force it?   And the answer to me is clearly that their IS a gap, wide enough for Sagan to fit through. 

    I am not saying WVA changed his line ...he moved slightly off it, but not much.  But it was enough to squeeze Sagan so he leaned back to make WVA aware he was there and not backing off.

    To me - it is just a racing incident and Sagan could feel a little hard done by here
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