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<span style="text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold;" id="descriptif"><strong></strong></span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold;" id="stageAndDate"><span class="kilometrage"></span></span><big><u><font size="2"><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stage

18 : Blagnac > Brive-la-Gaillarde : 222.5km</span></big></font></u><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br></span></big>

Blagnac, just outside of Toulouse the course heads back North away from the

Pyrenees and onwards to Brive-la-Gaillarde. 222km of lumpy terrain.<br><br><br><br>


<a href="http://www.letour.fr/2012/TDF/COURSE/us/equipes.html" target="_blank">Team Websites</a><br>

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<b><u>Current Jersey Leaders</u></b>



<div style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Etrev36/TDF11/images/maillotJaune.gif" class="linked-image" border="0">

Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling)<br>

<img src="http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Etrev36/TDF11/images/maillotVert.gif" class="linked-image" border="0">

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)<br>

<img src="http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Etrev36/TDF11/images/maillotApois.gif" class="linked-image" border="0">

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)<br>

<img src="http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Etrev36/TDF11/images/maillotBlanc.gif" class="linked-image" border="0">

Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team)<br>

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<img style="width: 618; height: 907;" alt="Course Map" src="http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2012/1800/CARTE.jpg"><br>




<img style="width: 470; height: 250;" alt="course profile" src="http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2012/1800/PROFIL.jpg"><br>


Final km's</u></b>



<img style="width: 410; height: 302;" alt="Final km" src="http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2012/1800/PROFILKMS.jpg"><br>



Climbs</u></b> <br>

Km 67.5 - Côte de Saint-Georges1 kilometre-long climb at 10.3% - category 3<br>

Km 117.5 - Côte de Cahors1 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% - category 4<br>Km 180.5

- Côte de Souillac2.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.7% - category 4<br>Km 212.5 -

Côte de Lissac-sur-Couze1.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 4<br><br>


Intermediate Sprints</u></b> <br>Km 115.0 - Cahors<br><br><b><br>

</b><strong class="bbc">Synopsis :-<br>

</strong>This will be a day for a breakaway to win and failing that it will be a

bunch sprint.<br>There's only a few teams that will want a bunch sprint so it

will be up to them to put any concerted chase on any breakaways later in the

day.<br>Sky will retain the early control within the peloton, although if the

last few days are anything to go by the, getting into the break will be

hotly contested and the first hour or so could be at a very high pace. <br> Very

little chance of any changes to the top 10 on the GC and only misfortune would

be likely to do so.<br>For the stage results there is a small cat 4 climb in the

final 10km of the stage which could encourage a late attack for the stage

hunters.<br> <br>

There hasn't been a bunch sprint finish since earlier in the first week of the

Tour so those few sprint teams could well put the hammer down and chase the

stage win.


competition :- </strong><br>1 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 134 pts<br>2 Fredrik

Kessiakoff (Astana) 123 <br>3 Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff ) 77 <br>4

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 63 <br>5 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 51 <br>

<br>With only a maximum of 5 points up for grabs today and a further 2 points on

stage 20, Voeckler has this jersey wrapped up having a 9 point lead over

Kessiakoff. His only requirement is to get to Paris within any time cuts.<br>



Jersey :-</strong><br>1 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 356 pts<br>2 André

Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 254 <br>3 Matthew Harley Goss (Orica GreenEdge) 203 <br>

4 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 130 <br>5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky

Procycling) 127<br><br>

A non event with Sagan having that all but sown up, he

just needs to get to Paris.<br>There is still enough points on the table for

Sagan to be beaten but that would taken Sagan to score no points and Greipel

gets them all basically.<br><br><br><br><strong>Rider

Comments :-<br></strong><span id="dnn_ctr374_ContentPane" class="DNNAlignleft">

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<strong>Riders to watch :-</strong><br>Vino, Albasini, Gerans, Gilbert,

Inglisky, Dumoulin, Roy, Roux, Nuyans<br>Someone from Saur-Sojasan and

AG2R all potential for the break.<br>Sagan, Cavendish, Greipel, Goss, Farrar for

the bunch sprint.<br>



<br><strong>General Classification :-</strong>

<br>1 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 78:28:02 <br>2 Christopher Froome (Sky

Procycling) 0:02:05 <br>3 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 0:02:41 <br>4

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) 0:05:53 <br>5 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

0:08:30 <br>6 Cadel Evans (BMC) 0:09:57 <br>7 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre

(RadioShack-Nissan) 0:10:11 <br>8 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 0:10:17 <br>9 Janez

Brajkovic (Astana) 0:11:00 <br>10 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat) 0:11:46 <br>



<b>Viewer Rating = 6 out of 10</b>

<br>Possibly a bit of a sleeper with fast action early for the break and then

fast action for the finally and a tight finish between a breakaway and the bunch

in the catch.<br>




Race starts = 7:00pm (AEST) <br>

Approx finish time = 12:45am (AEST)<br>

GUW Time = 11:30pm (AES time) <em class="bbc">(Get Up to Watch)</em><br>

(SBS coverage starts at 10pm AEST). <br>


Who's your tip?</b>

<br>Vino possibly, he's been chasing stages and try to get the right break

across a number of stages over the past week or so. I'm sure he'll try again for

this one.<br>maybe Dumoulin might be a shot from the break.<br>Otherwise

as a bunch sprint I'd say Cav or Greipel.<br> <br>




Sorry, a little rushed again today, to much to do and try to get it all complete (at least enough done) to get out early enough to make RAW track racing tonigh.

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Previous team maybe? Highroad were the wheels. No idea except it had his name on it. Was riding with a mate of his and mine and Daniel the no English dude from Green Edge



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Previous team maybe? Highroad were the wheels. No idea except it had his name on it. Was riding with a mate of his and mine and Daniel the no English dude from Green Edge





what was it like?

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I was watching from 500m away from the finish at the last corner. Prior to them coming through I thought there would be a crash on the corner, or at the finish, as it was pretty tight. Heaps of fun to watch live and only just getting back to hotel now. Great day ( and I correctly predicted a dog off a leash causing a crash). The BMC rider was pissed off at the family of the dog :)

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Didn't realize the course for this stage till in bed and looking at it on the iPad :( We drove all around this region in 2008. Just a beautiful area. Would have recorded it but we are down at the beach this weekend. Bummer.

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Let's hope vino gets to repeat his stage win in Paris...


A cheat. A legend. A entertainer....


Hope he is back next year.... Form is becoming impressive this last week!




Already stated this is his last Tour, unless he's changed his doctor mind.

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