We’ve some well known climbs with only the Col de la Core (13.1 km, 6.6%) having a useful average gradient as it is very regular. The problem for GC action is the finish is tame but you’ll still need some climbing ability to win the stage.
Hard to go past a break today. The same names that have been getting themselves out front are the obvious ones to look at. Wout and the other Wout plus Woods won’t be able to pass up the KoM points on offer. For guys like Ala and Fraile, the easier finishing climbs with a long run home should have them as favourites and who can rule out old man AV… Of course the finish means riders like Cort and Jasper S would stand a good chance if there’s not big attacks on the Portet d’Aspet but then they have to get in the break first. If it goes before the Col de Port, they’re the type of riders that should fight out for the win. If however it takes till that climb for the break to get established, they’re unlikely to be there. Bar Sonny of course. He’s climbing nearly as well as Wout!
Here's the startlist for your perusal.
In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.
Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.
Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.
The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the race, the neutralized roll-out or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.
The last 3 races will be secret entry between the top contenders… To avoid defensive picking.
When we say top contenders we leave the number open because who knows how many will be within striking distance...
We will notify you by email if we need you to do a secret entry.
Head over to msbee's spreadsheet to check how you went but no complaining to us if the results are not entered straight away. Some of us are writing our memoirs...