Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Stage 12 preview

An off-shoot of the Aspin, the race’s first major climb, the Hourquette d’Ancizan, makes its first appearance on the Tour. The riders then head onto the Tourmalet before finishing with the climb to Luz-Ardiden; a stage town not featured in the race since 2003. That year, Armstrong crashed after colliding with a spectator, bringing Mayo down with him. Riders waited for him, then his foot slipped out of his pedal. The American amazingly dropped all of his rivals and went on to win the stage and give himself a bit of breathing space in the yellow jersey.

With the GC contenders sizing each other up there will be plenty of attacks on the ascents as the tension start to mount up. With the Schlecks vocalising their strength and support Contador may well go on the defensive as he looks to his own team for support.

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