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Le Tour de France 2009 – Stage 16: Martigny > Bourg-Saint-Maurice, 159km

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Sitting here in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, perhaps I’m going to revise my opinion that l’Equipe’s Tour coverage isn’t as good as the Gazzetta’s Giro coverage. The Gazzetta looks better, but the L’Equipe goes so deep.

Today, for example, as well as the usual stats, there’s a big analysis of how the stage might pan out, with four options; a table of how Contador has built his lead and – one that Viktor will love – the best and worst descenders.

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Ed and Martin decided to take a trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel to get onto the race route in Italy, then drive along race route and stop on the last climb to watch the action. And have a picnic. Photo©Ed Hood

In line with their “in depth” approach, they’ve canvassed a whole host of riders and DS’s.

Hushovd comes out as ‘meilleur descendeur’ with Cancellara and Samuel Sanchez joint second.

But not content with the best, they’ve sussed the ‘moin bons descendeurs’ – and here’s the part that will please Viktor – worst by a mile is David Moncoutie with Frank Schleck second and the disappeared Mauricio Soler in third spot.

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Pello rode strongly today. Photo©Ed Hood

Every day, you have to be thinking about doing things just a little differently – today is le pique-nique; we’ve got bread, cheese, salami, water, fruit – all we need now, is a little alcohol!

Well, 11:50 pm and the day is up on the site – no dinner tonight, didn’t have time.

A good day’s racing – the last climb was carnage, riders everywhere; and Brad’s still there, among the Heads.

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LA is surprising lots of folk with his powerful riding in the mountains. Photo©Martin Williamson
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It looked to us as if Dave was ridden-out, but when we spoke to Ryder tonight he said that it ‘just ended up that way’. Photo©Martin Williamson