Final Battle For The Spots Thursday: Who Do Ya Like?

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 Txirla here, the San Sebastian bivalve; ursula is too excited to type right now and asked me to do this last interactive power poll for you humans.  We got one final day in the Pyrenees and four climbs to go. In the poll below you can see how many points each rider currently has. Who can win? Is Charteau fading too much? Casar and Moreau have the strength to win it? Could Voeckler take the honors if his teammate doesn't have the legs? How about Pineau? Could he rise from the dead to earn the spots? Below are the climbs:

  •  1st climb is the tiny 4th Cat Cote de Renoir. 3-2-1 points for the 1st three over the top. Yeah it might seem silly even listing this one but the KOM race is so close that something like this might make the difference.  This comes just 13.5 km into the race so it should be a wide open battle, probably before the break establishes itself. Next we see the Big Climbs:
  • 2nd climb: Col de Marie-Blanque, Cat 1. 15 points up for grabs 56.5 km from the start.  15, 13, 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 points for the first eight riders.
  • 3rd climb: Col du Soulor, also Cat 1 and 15 points. 117.5 km from the start. Definitely you need to be in a break to get max points.  Again, 15, 13, 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 points for the first eight riders.
  • 4th and last the HC Col du Tourmalet: Double points here so unless Moreau, Cunego and/or Casar don't contest the first climbs and Charteau does, the KOM title will be still up for grabs here.  40, 36, 32, 28, 24, 20, 16, 14, 12, and 10 points for the first 10 riders to crest the hill. My guess is that if the GC battle doesn't take the main points here by having overtaken the break, the GC guys will be close enough to take the lesser points so any KOM hopeful will need to be in the break to get points here. Andy, Bert, and Samu, if they win the stage could get into 3rd place on this climb but they are very unlikely to win the spots in Paris. (Samu can't win it; the other two would have to win all the climbs and have the top three do nothing.)

Who do you like? And who will get the top three places for VDS points? 11 days till San Seb! See you there!

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