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!

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262 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France Stage 19”

  1. @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.

  2. 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.

  3. @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.

  4. @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.

  5. @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.

  6. 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.

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