Welcome to the Pyrénées! #TDF2017 Heads to South West France

Stage 11 will be the sprinters’ last hurrah for a few days, so expect them to race for glory before they slink to the back of the peloton tomorrow. Can Marcel Kittel continue his dominance for one more day? After watching him come from nowhere to win Stage 10 – with clean wheels – I sure wouldn’t bet against him! Even the commentators lamented his position far off the front group, saying he had waited too long accelerate. Yeah, right. My prediction: Marcel Kittel wins again, then hides out in the Pyrénées for a few days before vanquishing the other sprinters at the next designated sprint line.  Continue reading “Welcome to the Pyrénées! #TDF2017 Heads to South West France”

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Seven, L’Isle Jourdain to Lac de Payolle

At the end of Stage Seven, the peloton will get its first taste of the Pyrénées Mountains, in the form of the estimable Col d’Aspin, a Category 1 climb leveling off just below 5,000 feet.   As difficult as the ascent promises to be, the descent from mountain-top to finish line could be even more treacherous.  The riders will charge down narrow roads at frighteningly high speeds, … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Seven, L’Isle Jourdain to Lac de Payolle