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The picture of Cav finishing yesterday says it all. A face of agony and elation at day 9 of the tour! I do hope he gets to Paris. I fear not however.

His words for being there and being around the likes of Pogacar, Roglic, Van der Poel and van Aert, well chuffed with the lad for his humility. He's living the dream like a teenager.
 
The picture of Cav finishing yesterday says it all. A face of agony and elation at day 9 of the tour! I do hope he gets to Paris. I fear not however.

His words for being there and being around the likes of Pogacar, Roglic, Van der Poel and van Aert, well chuffed with the lad for his humility. He's living the dream like a teenager.

If every stage was like yesterday's; maybe. However I think it was the biggest risk and certainly his biggest concern.
 
The picture of Cav finishing yesterday says it all. A face of agony and elation at day 9 of the tour! I do hope he gets to Paris. I fear not however.

His words for being there and being around the likes of Pogacar, Roglic, Van der Poel and van Aert, well chuffed with the lad for his humility. He's living the dream like a teenager.
I think he has a good chance of hanging on until the final day. Tomorrow is a flat stage, followed by a mountain stage, then two more flat stages and a hilly stage and a mountain stage then another rest day. After that its a hilly stage followed by two mountain stages. If he gets over these then he's home and dry (flat, then TT, then Paris).
 
Paul, Neil I appauld your optimism. But lots more mountain stages and seeing the sprinters that have failed already to make the cut off. Also Cav hasn't prepared for the TDF, doesn't bode well for him.

The smart money is him trying for 2 more sprint wins and equalling the amount of wins.
 
Paul, Neil I appauld your optimism. But lots more mountain stages and seeing the sprinters that have failed already to make the cut off. Also Cav hasn't prepared for the TDF, doesn't bode well for him.

The smart money is him trying for 2 more sprint wins and equalling the amount of wins.
If that's unprepared then I can't imagine what speed he'd be doing if he was. He's obviously kept himself match fit and all credit to him. The way they won the stage today was magnificent and it almost looked easy. I counted 6 of his team mates in the front pack with 5km to go. I just hope he gets through tomorrow.
 
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The classic route from Bédoin. I was fearful all the way up, until the last 500M on the road.
Interesting question is which ascent is harder. Bedoin or Malaucene? Probably Bedoin as you get more of a break at the ski station on Malaucene route. But it’s not obviously easier. Descent down to Malaucene will be interesting as it’s super-fast.
 
Tomorrow is a huge barrier to Cavo. Ventoux TWICE. Well if I can climb it once, can’t see any real issues for him. :)
Struggling to find any Sparkling Shiraz en France. C’est la vie.
I took a Renault 5 up in the 1980s and that nearly didn't make it. Even in my prime I'd not have attempted Ventoux. I know his team will work hard to get him up but his legs are going to hurt if he does. As for the "twice", the first climb isn't too bad, but the second we all know is. But the finish is a 20km downhill roller-coaster with a flat bit at the end, no?
 
I have cycled up and down all three routes several times. Not on the same day I hasten to add. I am in awe of these riders. They are superhuman to ride 100k and then go up Ventoux twice. Their fitness levels probably eclipse every other sport.The forest section from Bedoin is brutal and relentless. I agree with Angus both Bedoin and Malaucene are very tough - there is one section on Malaucene where the gradient is above 10% continuously for 4K. The ride down Maluacene is about as exhilarating as it gets. Feel very sad that I probably won’t be able to get down there this year. David the road flattens out after the St-Esteve bend if you are bombing down Bedoin. It does not flatten out so noticeably down Malacene, but the last few k would be about 6-7%.
 
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Never done the Malaucene route... but the Bedoin is so hard... Sault is my cup of tea...

What a beautiful race! A great Van Aert! ... and some great moves by many riders...very exciting!... and a tough day for all...

PS: ...And a great performance by Pogacar's team (I mean Ineos who have been helping him almost everyday since the start, but the morons did not notice they are not Tour Leader... Tour de France decreased the numbers per team to open the race and avoid this kind of racing repressing behaviour, but a panther cannot change its spots... )
 
Cavendish made the cut by 7 minutes :D Two flat stages next. Can he break Merckx's record? I wouldn't say no. Hopefully he recovers from today's exertions and with his team is intact (I noticed 4 team mates stayed with him over the climbs today) they must have a great chance of towing him along and catapulting him over the finish line tomorrow and Friday. Allez Cav!!
 
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