Deep Thoughts: Stage 15 TdF
Although I’m tempted to call this another “easy” stage, I think the riders in the peloton would take exception to this categorization. There have been numerous riders on Twitter who say things like “you think that was easy?? You come out here and try and ride it!” They have a point. Even if it looks boring on the television, those guys are still working pretty damn hard. Plus, they have to ride for 3 weeks. I think they’re allowed a few “easy/boring” days.
That said, I don’t really have much to say about this stage! It was interesting to watch the beginning of the stage to see the break try and form. I think Sky got tired of trying to chase down every break, so once a break had formed that they “approved” of (ie, didn’t contain anyone that was a GC threat to them), they tried to force acceptance of the break by going to the front and telling people to stop chasing. However, there are a lot of teams that haven’t had a stage win this season and a lot of teams who have GC aspirations who need to keep an eye on who gets into the break, so most riders didn’t pay attention to EBH or Bernie, in spite of his good looks.
I honestly wasn’t paying that close attention to the stage, but I do know that Christian Vande Velde got into the break and the stage was decided between him and Pierrick Fedrigo. And Fedrigo won. Christian said that he didn’t have much chance against Fedrigo because he’s much faster on the flats- if it had been an uphill finish, he would’ve had a better chance.
Tomorrow starts the Alps! Many are calling this a super boring Tour, and they may be right, but I’m loving watching Cadel and Nibali take chances to try and punch holes in the Sky train. I really hope they don’t stop trying this week and keep fighting- even if it looks like a done deal.