Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France Stage 19

Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France Stage 19

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After such an epic and, frankly, shocking (as in stunning, stupendifying and surprising) stage to the Galibier last night, it’s going to take more than a few hours to recover and get back on track for tonight’s VSP stage to the mythical L’Alpe d’Huez.

I think the semantics of Stage 18 have been covered brilliantly by the Community here, and there’s nothing left for me to say about it except, wow.

So without further ado, and with the maximum time for you to get your tips in, we present the VSP for Stage 19, the Queen of the climbs, L’Alpe d’Huez. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle, because if you though that was good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

You know the drill. Good luck!

// Racing // Velominati Super Prestige

  1. Grenoble. Now we will see. If the gap is less than 10s after that, will there we a GC race into Paris? Double. Dog. dare.

    CN reported that TV sprinted to the line. Yeah, sprinted. Not MJ doing it…that’s just Rule #5 for you. Wow.

  2. @frank
    And we don’t know how deep Cadel went on the last 2 days.

  3. @Eightzero

    Grenoble. Now we will see. If the gap is less than 10s after that, will there we a GC race into Paris? Double. Dog. dare.

    Every bone in my body says they’ll respect the tradition, but who know at this point.

    WHAT.A.TOUR.

  4. That was just amazing. Don’t feel bad at all that I haven’t got a lick of work done today.

  5. Also, know there’s some hate for JV, but Garmin-Cervelo has been a lot of fun to watch. Great tour for them.

  6. @frank

    @Eightzero

    Grenoble. Now we will see. If the gap is less than 10s after that, will there we a GC race into Paris? Double. Dog. dare.

    Every bone in my body says they’ll respect the tradition, but who know at this point.
    WHAT.A.TOUR.

    Cadel will not attack the tradition. Nor will Andy. Bertie has already enjoyed the Paris procession and won’t attack either.

    Grenoble it is…

  7. Been in meetings for the last 3 hours. Did I miss anything?

  8. Both Andy and Frank will start after cuddles. They will have all the checks to aim at. It may be like LeMan and Fignon all over again. Tick. tick. tick. Someone better have the EMTs on hand. Not necessarily for the riders, but for Ligget and Sherwin.

  9. @harminator
    Completely agree. They seem to be men of honour (well, not sure about Bertie but he will not be close enough to matter anyways!)

  10. @frank

    I feel bad for Evans, in the right move at the right time, but if it’s really a mechanical, that is complete shit. If it was a phychanical and he didn’t have the legs, then that’s just racing.

    Frank it was “just racing” to get back on the pedals & get back to the front where he needed to be…granted the situation was much different than last year but guarantee that had that occurred to a certain Leotard Schleck rider, all we’d hear about is how that ruined his tour.

    That’s something Cuddles would have reacted exactly the same way to a couple of years ago, hence his initial reputation within the road racing field…difference is he’s grown the stones to deal with it and move beyond it, time will tell whether Andy either has or will.

  11. @frank

    @Mikeweb

    Frandy finish side by side. What a f%@king surprise.

    A glance at those finish line photos and I don’t think anyone can deny they fucking did everything they could. Every fucking one of ‘em.
    Fuck, what an amazing race.

    Was that Andy doing a pretty reasonable Tommy (post stage 18) impression about 3 metres over the line…fuck his legs must be shot right now!!!!

  12. @frank

    @Mikeweb

    Frandy finish side by side. What a f%@king surprise.

    A glance at those finish line photos and I don’t think anyone can deny they fucking did everything they could. Every fucking one of ‘em.
    Fuck, what an amazing race. The organizers really got a good route together this time. This is Giro Epic.

    The last four days of racing puts the Giro to shame. The racing has been far superior.

  13. @Blah

    Mike Tomalaris just came in his pants (ditzy know-nothing Aussie TV guy).

    Seriously, he can sod off. He’s been covering the Tour for the last 15 years & still knows nothing about cycling except that Pharmstrong was pretty successful one upon a time…

  14. @brian

    Also, know there’s some hate for JV, but Garmin-Cervelo has been a lot of fun to watch. Great tour for them.

    Yeah, Garmvelo totally redeemed themselves. Like a lot of other riders. Rule #5 will do that.

  15. I think I’m in the minority here, but anyone else to finally have Voekler drop out of Yellow? Love the guys heart, but I was getting really tired of watching him beat his bike to death alongside all those other riders.

    Not to take anything away from him, but it was getting a bit long in the tooth…

    @pakrat
    Word.

  16. @frank

    I think I’m in the minority here, but anyone else to finally have Voekler drop out of Yellow? Love the guys heart, but I was getting really tired of watching him beat his bike to death alongside all those other riders.
    Not to take anything away from him, but it was getting a bit long in the tooth…

    TV just has no panache. Sits on wheels, and really, his MJs were all the result of no one giving a shit about him. Fuckwad doesn’t even zip up for finish photos. Not easy to like.

    Compare to Soler (Merckx I hope he’s ok) or even Cuddles who both rather look like shit on their bikes. Maricio is all over the damn thing, but yeesh, he’s kiling it. TV just looks like “who can I follow and get a free ride from?” there are Rules against this shit.

  17. @harminator

    @frank

    @Eightzero

    Grenoble. Now we will see. If the gap is less than 10s after that, will there we a GC race into Paris? Double. Dog. dare.

    Every bone in my body says they’ll respect the tradition, but who know at this point.
    WHAT.A.TOUR.

    Bertie has already enjoyed the Paris procession and won’t attack either.

    According to Bicycling Magazine, Contador is giving up is bid for the jersey so a last-minute attack, even outside of any traditions, is even more unlikely.

  18. @mcsqueak
    Hehe. That’s funny.

  19. @Eightzero
    I think that’s a bit harsh.
    TV’s been an attacking rider all through the spring. He’s covered all the big moves this year. Yes, he hasn’t been ploughing furrows like Cuddles, Cont and Angry Stomach, but I suspect he’s just beginning to realize he’s got a pair.
    Can’t say the same about the Count or Cunego who have had a fairly workmanlike tour.
    TV has absolutely shelled himself every stage and that I think is great to watch.

  20. Conti for boxing!
    Seriously nice right! Bertie advertises his next venture: boxing!

  21. @JPA
    The punch made me really really happy.

  22. Just reflecting on Rolland and his win, I came across this pic, which is terrific from a series of different vantage points.

  23. I laughed when I read “mythical Alpe d’Huez” in this article… I think you meant mythic, @brett. Mythical is what a unicorn is. I think there is enough supporting evidence to prove that Alpe d’Huez exists.

  24. @Calmante
    I laughed when I read this. But not at your words.

  25. Ouch. Burned.

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