Stage 15 Overview, Picks and Comment

July 19, 2008

First time in this year’s Tour that the riders go above 2500 feet in altitude. They’re headed to Italy over the Alps and will hit a category 1 and an hors category climb on their 183KM journey.

This is where the real shakeout will happen.

Abandons today will include Thor Hushovd, Robbie Mc Ewen and even Mark Cavendish.

You will see a major attack from George Hincapie as someone from Team Columbia has to take over the torch for the team.

And you’ll see Cadel Evans either reel in Big George or take an even more commanding lead.

The wildcard in all this is Christian Vandevelde. He could pull a Floyd Landis (sas drugs) and create some real drama for the rest of the race.

Speaking of rest, we’re off on Monday and then Tuesday is back out of Italy and north toward Alpe d’Huez.

Cool and the gang!