Tuesday, July 24, 2007

TdF Stage 16 preview

The Tour took a break from racing today, but instead of a quiet day in the Pyrenees, the day was filled with the doping news about Alexandre Vinokourov and Team Astana.

With not only Vinokourov gone from tomorrow's Stage 16 between Orthez and Gourette-Col D'Aubisque, his Astana team mates Andreas Klöden, Andrey Kashechkin, Paolo Savoldelli, Antonio Colom Mas, Maxim Iglinskiy, Serguei Ivanov, Daniel Navarro Garcia and Grégory Rast also had to pack up and leave.

Stage 16 is another long one, 218.5 km, with two sprints and five climbs:

Km 79: Port de Larrau: 14.7 km climb @ 8.1 % grade / hors catégorie (Spain)
Km 93: Alto Laza - 3.5km climb @ 6.8 % grade / 3rd Cat. (Spain)
Km 131: Col de la Pierre-Saint-Martin: 14.2 km climb @ 5.2 % grade / 1st Cat.
Km 180.5: Col de Marie-Blanque: 9.3 km climb @ 7.4 % grade / 1st Cat.
Km 218.5: Col d'Aubisque: 16.7 km climb @ 7 % grade / hors catégorie

Will we witness another duel of Rasmussen and Contador on the last climb ?

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