Saturday, 16 July 2011

Stage 15 Preview

Tomorrow there is respite from monsterous mountains as the race bridges the gap between the Pyrenees and the Alps with a sprint favouring stage from Limoux to Montpellier. The last real opportunity for the sprinters to contend for the Green Jersey before Paris, HTC-Columbia will be looking to drive the peloton hard and take advantage of any opportunity they can get as they strengthen Cavendish's position in the competition with a stage win; the final before Paris a week later.

The largely coastal route could allow crosswinds to sweep up and if HTC-Columbia can play their cards right like they did in 2009 there may well be an opportunity to fracture the peloton as they drive hard towards the finish. If this happens the GC favourites will want to be on the right side of the split, unlike in 2009 when Contador was caught out by the move and remained in the 2nd half of the peloton.

But with this being the last opportunity for the sprinters to shine in their arena before Paris, the other teams are going to be on the look out to derail the HTC-Columbia Express as it heads into Montpellier with Cavendish on board ready to depart with his leadout man, Mark Renshaw.

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