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Tour de l'Ain Update and VDS Smacktalk

Here's a quick Tour de l'Ain update before the final Queen stage tomorrow.  

Remember, tomorrow's hors categorie, mountain-top finish, final stage should be available live via France 3 (Rhone-Alpes region) on the internet (or on TV at my house).  Should be very exciting.  

The GC battle is wide open, with the top 14 riders all within a minute or so.  

 1 POELS Wouter VCD NED
 2 ROLLAND Pierre EUC FRA 22''
 3 MONCOUTIE David COF FRA 28''
 4 PERAUD Jean-Christophe ALM FRA 41''
 5 COPPEL Jérôme SAU FRA 41''
 6 TUFT Svein CSM CAN 49''
 7 KOENIG Leopold APP CZE 56''
 8 DUPONT Hubert ALM FRA 59''
 9 GADRET John ALM FRA 59''
 10 * BARGUIL Warren FRA FRA 01'00''
 11 MEDEREL Maxime AUB FRA 01'00''
 12 HOOGERLAND Johnny VCD NED 01'01'' 
 13 * BARDET Romain FRA FRA 01'03'' 
 14 GUILLOU Florian BSC FRA 01'05''

Stage winners so far:  Wilco Kelderman (Prologue), Jimmy Caspar (flat stage), Thibault Pinot (bumpy stage), and Wout Poels (mid-mountain stage).   

Going into tomorrow, besides Poels wearing both the yellow and green jerseys, Johnny Hoogerland is wearing Polka dots, and Warren Barguil the White jersey.  AG2R is leading the team competition.   Detailed overall and stage results (and pics of the jerseys) available here.  

So who are you picking going into tomorrow's huge final stage?

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via www.tourdelain.com

Profil of final climb Col du Grand Colombier (Culoz variant):

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More details on Grand Colombier here

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