Sunday, July 15, 2012

TdF Stage 15 Preview

Not mountainous, but not flat either. It looks more like a Spring classics kind of course, which would suggest Philippe Gilbert might have a go (if he's not too tired after his Stage 14 breakaway adventure). No doubt Sagan will be paying close attention. But I suspect it will come down to a bunch sprint. Breakaways have survived for several stages in a row, and the sprinters' teams must be getting tired of that, especially when opportunities for field sprints are getting fewer and farther between. After Tuesday's rest day, the peloton is back in the high mountains, so I sense that teams like Lotto Belisol, Garmin, and Green Edge will really try to control Stage 15 to give their sprinters a chance. Cav will likely be free-lancing again.

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