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. Tommy’s riding has been completely apeshit. He’s gone to another level for sure.

    BUT…has anyone else noticed a bit of the prima donna going on? Demanding bottles, kit changes the occasional overt boss gesturing and now whistling teammates into line?

    Just saying…

  2. I absolutely love going downhill fast. But watching these guys do it makes my palms sweat. Or it might be the 3rd cup of Seattle’s Best French Roast, not sure……….

  3. Cadel’s lines in some Of those corners look like he’s pushing hard. A bit wide.

  4. @wiscot

    Wow, I’m really beginning to hate that shitty Sidi advert.

    True, but at least it’s not a naked Pozzato with a pair of shoes hiding his junk.

  5. @pakrat
    I thought frank cracked down on gratuitous pics of young ladies showing too much flesh… -looks more closely- Oh fuck! My eyes!

  6. @Blah

    Cadel’s lines in some Of those corners look like he’s pushing hard. A bit wide.

    As long as he’s pushing and upright, he’s cool

  7. Uh oh, what’s going to blow up first: the “not exactly official” Eurosport feed or the Maillot Jaune?

  8. The record up the Alpe d’Huez is 37 minutes something. Pantani was fastest in the tour, but Contador was 5 seconds faster in the Dauphiné 2010.

  9. Why is Europcar letting Rolland go with Hesjedal… just as Voeckler made it back to the lead group. He should be staying with him.

  10. Fuck off. Swivel wins by 2 minutes and it’s a great ride… Conti gets a 10 second gap and it’s drugs…

  11. Agreed. Can’t give Bertie a sniff for the TT. He’s pretty cooked though…

  12. I’ve found it quite easy this stage to call for attacks and chases. Must be the new couch.

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