Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tour de France - Stage 13 - Mini-Preview

As for tomorrow's Stage 13, things should heat-up again with a tough stage from Vittel to Colmar. It was to be run without radios, but I guess Monday's protest won-out. Look for an attack from teammates of favorites hoping to shake-up the GC. Prime candidates? Roman Kreuziger, Frank Schleck, and yes, Lance Armstrong.

All three have a higher-placed teammate they can say they're riding for, but all have aspirations of their own in the event things don't go as "planned".

Will 13 be the lucky lumber for one of these men or will their teammates continue to emerge triumphant?

Or will it be someone like Pozatto, Haussler, or Voigt taking the win?

And what about Nocentini? He's made a valiant defense of his yellow jersey, could he go on the offensive tomorrow hoping to wear it for one more day? Don't be surprised if he does!

What are your thoughts? Share them below.


  1. I want to see Voigt win a stage!

  2. I love watching Voigt race, but I don't think Riis will let that dog off the leash yet. As for Armstrong, I look for him to play it cool, only matching what is deemed necessary. Kreuziger or Frank (Schleck) would be two smart bets, especially the later, but I think my money is on Franco Pellizotti. His goals have been re-aimed on the polka dot jersey, and tomorrow should be the first display of strength.

  3. Crap! I hadn't watched stage 12 until just now, and saw Pellizotti was already out in a breakaway today. Still, if he's serious about the Polka Dot Jersey, he's going to need the points from stage 13 to establish a dominant lead. I look for Pellizotti to grab some points on the first few climbs, then look for F. Schleck to try and soften up Astana.


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