Wednesday, July 11, 2012

TdF Stage 11 Preview

This will likely be the hardest stage in this year's tour, with two of the toughest climbs in the Alps, the Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Croix de Fer. Throw in a Cat 1 climb and a Cat 2, and you've got a truly leg-sapping 150 kilometers from Albertville to La Toussuire. For sure, Van den Broeck will be on the attack again, and look out for Johnny Hoogerland. We'll have to see how Voeckler's sore knee responds after his victory in Stage 10, but I still would expect someone from the languishing Euskatel team to get into the break. One guy who definitely won't be on the attack is Jens Voigt, who already has announced his intention of finishing outside the top 100 (see here).

UPDATE: Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour to be with his wife, who is about to give birth. Best of luck to them both. We'll see him again soon enough at the Olympics in London.

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