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[SIZE=6]2016 Tour de France: Stage 11 preview[/SIZE]
By Brendon Vella | 17 hours ago
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Montpellier is well renowned for being a sprinters paradise and Stage 11 will offer the fast men another chance for glory after the craziness of the previous stage.

The 162.5 kilometres from Carcacassone to Montpellier will be fairly straightforward, but a nervous final as always for the general classification favourites, heading into tomorrow test up Mont Ventoux.

The first 60 kilometres of the stage feature some lumpy roads, with two category four climbs in the first part of the race. However, they will not play a major role in the back end of the stage.

The intermediate sprint point is positioned quite late on the stage, just inside the final 50 kilometre in the town of Pezenas. Sagan leads the green jersey competition quite handsomely at the moment, after collecting a big amount of points on yesterday’s stage.

From the sprint, to the finish in Montpellier, there are a few lumpy roads to contend with until 25 kilometres to go, however after that it is fairly flat.

The final ten kilometres of the stage is fairly simple, with a few technical parts inside the final five kilometres. However, the last corner is a right hander at 2.5 kilometres to go, and the rest of the stage curves slightly round to the left all the way to the line.

A sprinters dream, with past winners including Robbie McEwen, and two current riders, Mark Cavendish and Andre Griepel from 2013, making it the perfect opportunity for the fast men to grab a stage win before the riders get to the Alps.

Mark Cavendish will be looking for his fourth stage win, after an incredible start to the Tour, having taken wins on the first two stages, and on Stage 6. Dimension Data have ridden superbly in the sprints. However, Mark Renshaw has gone home with illness, so Boasson-Hagen will be the final lead-out man for Cav.

Not a bad replacement, but he ain’t no Renshaw.

Kittel took the difficult uphill finish in Limoges on Stage 4, but has had no success on the pure sprints. He will be looking to change that today.

Other riders to look out for include Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie), Michael Matthews (Orica BikeExchange), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL-Jumbo), Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale), Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Christope Laporte (Cofidis).

@Meria Mata , your regular updates made me read about this race/event and one of the thing that immediately caught my attention was the distance to be covered , a monumental 3,535 kilometers. that’s insane, break it down to me

What kind of fitness preparation is required to do this, and 21 consecutive days? maximum respect the guys.

What do you get for winning or even loosing for that matter, every entrant should definitely be compensated just for showing up

Sure they are compensation is done to teams and winners. Remuneration is done by the International union of cyclist (UCI) written as Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Generally UCI invites teams to the world tours such as the tour de france. There are many teams around the world who have never been called to the tour including our very own Kenyan Riders Down Under (KRDU)

Just being called up to the tour is something huge for a team, Being selected by a team to participate in a competition means that you are a top-notch cyclists. All those cyclists even those that finish last in the tour are top-top quality.

Cyclists get paid by teams and win awards as well. Peter Sagan is the best-paid cyclist in the world and is also the current world champion and wears a rainbow jersey. The former world champion was Kwiatowski who belonged to the team ettix quickstep…Sagan rides for Tinkoff same team as Alberto contador who left the tour. Contador has now signed for trek sagefredo

Soma zaidi hapa.

The fitness involved is insane…you have to build endurance, strength and skill at the same time. You have to strictly watch your weight and eat according to your body needs. I once saw Cancellara who is a legendary cyclist for the team Trek Sagefredo refuse to taste his birthday cake before the race when it was presented to him. Cycling has been marred with doping allegations because cyclists find it hard to cope during the race the temptation to cheat is immense. In the current cyclists, Contador, valvarde and Ilnur Zakarin are examples of top cyclists who have once been caught cheating.

Cycling is tough sport it’s a struggle, riding on the flat at 50+ km/hr is a struggle, going uphill at 30+km/hr is a punishment…Going downlhill at 80km/hr is dead risky and no helmet can protect you in case of a crash. Most riders understand this and will cycle with a broken hip shoulder and even hand. It’s an extreme sport. You have to ride a bike to understand fully. In this tour, Contador left after he fell twice and this is a cyclist who has won many titles including the tour de france.

mad respect to those guys though looking at the link posted by @Meria Mata , am tempted to argue that those guys are under compensated, half a million euro for the winner after slaving out 3500 kilometers seems a tad too little especially if you compare it with what guys in other sports are earning. for example the open championship this year (july 14th -17th) has a purse of 10 million dollars and its only a 4 day event and those guys have to walk for only 32kms (8 per day) and the winner walks away with 2million dollars

@Meria Mata they haven`t began streaming?

streaming starts at 14:15 CET, I guess the race is underway but will be streamed when only 100k is remaining.

Follow live updates here

Live stream in how long?

it’s on already



Ahsande locked in

Sagan and Froome this is interesting

Sagan then Frome…was amazing sinish

amazing stuff

What a finish.
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Froome is an all rounder, he will win this year, I can bet my left ball on that. Quoting @imei2012

There has been a lot of debate on how revenue is shared in cycling, Most teams complain the money they get is very little to survive in the competitions. Cycling has fewer fans as compared to other sports. It also has fewer sponsors as compared to Moto GP or Formular 1 don’t even mention football, rugby or basketball. Cycling does not generate a lot of income in terms of TV viewership or sale of cycling jerseys. Cyclists also get paid little money as compared to other sportsmen…
Oligov Tinkof is winding up his Tinkoff team because it’s very unsustainable and hasn’t attracted a sponsor since SaxoBank pulled away. Team Tinkoff has the best cyclist in the world as we speak.

Tinkoff is being wound up? Who is going to afford Sagan and how does Sky then maintain Froome and the others?