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Post subject: Cobbles back TdF'18 Stage 9  PostPosted: Jan 30, 2018 - 09:37 PM
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2014 cobbles decimated the GC contenders.
Nibali survived for the yellow with a hollow victory.
I thought it was a mistake to include cobbles as it really detracted from the overall race that year.
Maybe it's just a tactic to accomplish what it did in 2014?
There's already enough carnage in the TdF early stages, why add to it?
Maybe the public wants a more gladiatorial like event?

http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/bardet-takes-first-peek-at-cobbles-hell_455848

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Post subject: Re: Cobbles back TdF'18 Stage 9  PostPosted: Jan 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM
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There may be some gravel on Stage 17 although Mike Cotty mentions the gravel may be paved for the Tour.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3b3_tIDaM

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Post subject: RE: Re: Cobbles back TdF  PostPosted: Jan 31, 2018 - 04:38 PM
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Ron, thanks for sharing the video.
A gravel section like this is much more interesting & safer too.
Col de Portet
Steeper, longer, higher than the Tourmalet, it has the stuff that makes legends.
Interesting that he doesn't wear gloves?

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