Tuesday, July 22, 2008

results L'Alpe d'Huez 2006

With 6 of the top 10 Alpe contenders out for the 08 version, there are some new and some old faces racing to the summit. Can Frank put his stamp on the Alpe 2x? Probably not, but I think he will prove that he's willing to try. Will Evan's show his dominance? I doubt it, he's saving up for the TT and eyeing the big prize at the end of the rainbow. Will The 2 dark horses Andy Schleck and Bernhard Kohl prove to be the upsetters or will Andy do all the work for his brother on the first two climbs and not have enough juice for the Alpes? Yup, Bernhard for the win, Andy for the set up for Frank. Will Christian crack and fall farther down the GC? As much as I want the underdog to do good, my feeling is that he is just trying to make it through and not trying to win, he'll lose a little bit more time to the favorites. Will the Russian Mafia rough up any riders willing to beat Menchov? No, Menchov who looks strong in every race, always seem to faulter in some way or another himself, even the Russian Mafia won't help him. Will Italy's little Prince finally show up to the Tour and show why he skipped the Giro? He'll try, but will get caught and break apart before the finish. Will Valverde suck again and lose more time? most likely, the Rogain isn't helping his receding hairline, so he should shave it and get some valuable aerodynamics. Either way tomorrow will be a big day for all in the top 10.

I'm betting on Kohl as the upset winner and yellow jersey wearer tomorrow, with Frank and Berny putting in another 30-45sec on Evans. As we saw last year with Contador, they will need at least 2+ minutes on Evans to keep the Yellow in Paris. I think Evans knows that and won't try to stick with Berny and Frank on the last ditch attacks, but will keep just enough time to beat them in the TT.

Top 10
1. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC
2. Damiano Cunego (I), Lampre, at 0:11
3. Stefano Garzelli (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, at 1:10 - Gone
4. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak, same time - Gone
5. Andréas Klöden (G), T-Mobile, s.t. - Gone
6. Ruben Lobato (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 1:14 - Gone
7. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, at 1:18
8. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), T-Mobile, at 1:28 - Gone
9. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 1:35
10. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, at 1:49 -Gone

1. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak - Gone
2. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne-I.B., at 0:10 - Gone
3. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, at 2:02
4. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 2:12
5. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 2:17
6. Andréas Klöden (G), T-Mobile, at 2:29 - Gone
7. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, at 2:56
8. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile, at 5:01 - Gone
9. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, at 6:18 - Gone
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:20 - Gone

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