Bastille Day 2010
July 14, 2010 by staff
Bastille Day 2010:After a hard day in the mountains of Jura and wild two days in the High Alps, Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador battle can probably be put on ice until the Pryenees be reached Sunday, but on today’s Stage 10 – a route 179 km from Chambéry to Gap – is not easy to convince and tired riders chasing the leading pair could be affected.
The stage begins easily enough, but then he meets the Cote de Laffrey notoriously difficult – a rise of 7 km first category with an average gradient of nine percent, which appears after 70km and almost guarantees a trip.
An attack would have a good chance of going all the way, especially because the rest of the stage is undulating and has the ascent of the Col de Noyer, a second category climb of 7.4 km along the 138 km mark.
From the top is another 34 kilometers to the finish line in Gap, and Lance Armstrong, in particular, have reason to look back fondly at one of the most bizarre highlights of his career.
It was in the fall leading to the finish Rochette Gap that the American had a dramatic detour through a field after his Spanish rival Joseba Beloki crashed in front of him like the rim of his wine from the rim of the wheel in melting asphalt. While Armstrong was unharmed after his quick thinking and versatile bike handling, Beloki was never the same rider after his injuries.
Cofidis, meanwhile, admit it’s time for them to play a leadership role in the race. After seeing how the Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel claimed two stage wins for Belgian team Quick Step, who want their piece of the action.
“We had opportunities but we have not had the audacity to date,” lamented the Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer. “We know that none of the French riders here is unrealistic to aspire to a place in the top 10 in its entirety, so we have to target the stages.”
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