TdF ’23 Stage 16 Dialogue – Time Trial! *spoilers*

Stage 16 is a 13 mile time trial! The primary third has a straight, slight uphill, with a significant bend at half method with some neighborhood back-and-forth, then slight downhill that’s actually straight, to the tip of te first third, with a deliberate test level. As riders cross this primary, and the second, time level, the time shall be broadcast.

The second third is the quickest, usually barely downhill all the method, largely straight with three sharp bends halfway. The ultimate third is the slowest – a gradual uphill with a variety of bends.

So, moreover being quick, riders will want energy to come back out of curves and corners, and should have nice bike-handling abilities. With the ultimate third being probably the most troublesome, the primary and second thirds won’t precisely be sufficient to gauge how every rider will end, general.

Though this space is nestled within the mountains, it’s in a valley, and will probably be pretty sizzling – mid-80s F. The race runs from 1pm to about 530pm, and climate forecast requires likelihood of thunderstorms all the afternoon.

Riders begin in reverse order so the man with quickest general time goes final – so, with this set-up, the time that rain happens may have a really completely different impact on some versus others.

This shall be some nice TT viewing. In 2020, Pogachar famously nipped Roglic within the late-tour TT, taking Yellow which he held to Paris. On the time, I believed Roglic was the brand new Man To Beat, and that Roglic was a greater time trialist. Oh properly.

Time gaps are considerably bigger for a lot of the highest 12 than may be gained at a TT of this distance. However there are a pair nice match-ups right here. Pogacar trails Vingagaard by 10 seconds. This can be a sizzling ticket. Rodriguez, in third, is 20 seconds forward of A Yates, 4th. At ninth and 10, Gaudu is 10 seconds forward of Martin, and Martin, at tenth, is 20 seconds forward of Gall, at eleventh.