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Today's stage is a stage to watch without question. Big mountains. Stage 13. So sad though to see the battle that was to be, between the two best, not be.

Reminds me of the 1988 Tour. Roche out, LeMond out, Fignon out, Hinault retired, and that was when Delgado won his tour (drug controversy and all). the 1988 Tour was not so good. But it did lead into the 1989 Tour which may still be the best there has ever been, if only Delgado had showed up to the starting ramp on time for the prologue could it have been better.

Stage 5 was epic on the cobbles. I think the promoters put cobbles in to promote their other prized product, Paris Roubaix. It did seem unfair to some of the favorites. But in the days of yore the Tour favorites also rode Paris Roubaix. Lemond's best was third, I don't recall if Hinault won one but he was competitive. Eddy Mercx certainly won. Perhaps that is their intent, to get Tour riders racing Roubaix again.

But that will not be, as I can never see Froome doing Roubaix, perhaps Contador, but I doubt it at his age now.

Nibali is fine, but I hate to see him pull a Delgado in 1988 and make it a boring Tour, whereas, prior to Contador and Froome dropping out, it had promise to be an epic Tour. It may still be, Stage 13 may tell.

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