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Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon
« on: September 11, 2020, 18:50 »
Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon

September 12th

Christian Prudhomme's comment: As required in the tradition of the “bouchons lyonnais” (typical Lyon restaurants), the menu will be dense and promises a battle between the breakaway specialists, the climbers and the sprinters. First on the Monts du Forez where the riders will have to go up to the Col du Béal, and then mainly on the urban course of close to 15 kilometres in Lyon including three climbs: the Côte de la Duchère, followed by the Montée de l’Observance and finally the Côte de la Croix-Rousse just five kilometres before reaching the finish line.



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On Friday, #bora Bora missed out again, finishing 2nd and 3rd "only", but this is the chance to turn things around. #lotto Ewan and #deceuninck Bennett were visibly struggling today, so I guess we can expect them going full out for Sagan to win the stage (either from the peloton, or a breakaway group), and bring the battle for #green back to life with those 50 points available at the finish.

Whether they'll succeed or not, is a different question though...
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    Re: Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon
    « Reply #1 on: September 12, 2020, 13:12 »
    ...three climbs: the Côte de la Duchère, followed by the Montée de l’Observance and finally the Côte de la Croix-Rousse just five kilometres before reaching the finish line.

    What am I missing here? I don't see the Montée de l’Observance in the profile map.
    :slow
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    Re: Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon
    « Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 03:03 »
    I watched the final 15km of the stage for a second time, and the final 5km for a third time.
    Each viewing was well worth it.  :cool

    Just as exciting on replay, as there is so much packed into the final minutes. And one can never tire of the joy on the young faces of the  #sunweb riders. They really worked exceptionally well together, taking turns firing off the front—first with Tiesj Benoot, then a second volley from Marc Hirschi—until only one man stood alone. Considering the names of those chasing him, and the frenetic pace being set during the final run-in, it was pretty extraordinary to see the eventual winner cross the line with 15 seconds to spare, and more than enough time to savor the victory.



    Either way, a great day for the entire team, and a great day for Søren Kragh Andersen. :win
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    Re: Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon
    « Reply #3 on: September 13, 2020, 07:15 »
    What am I missing here? I don't see the Montée de l’Observance in the profile map.
    :slow

    they didn't do it in the end. There probably were some initial plans to include it, but it doesn't seem to be on any profile, as far as I can see.

    But well, it turned out to be an excellent finale anyway. Even #grenadier Bernal gave it a go, by the way (right after Alaphilippe attacked)



    is that a sign of his shape getting better or worse though? :D
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