09 July 2016

Froome grabs the yellow jersey!

Oh how I wish I could have seen today's stage!  We have friends visiting from the US and we showed them Sheffield for the entire day, from a traditional tea to a pub visit to time in the park.  But I missed Stage 8 as Chris Froome dominated the competition to take the yellow jersey.  Below is Froome's wining time compared to our prediction.
  • Stage 8:  4h 57' 33" (actual), 4h 50' 14" (prediction), 07' 19" fast (-2.46% error)
Now that's an error we can tolerate!  We are back under 2.5%, which is great.  Froome's average speed is given below.
  • Stage 8:  10.31 m/s (37.10 kph or 23.05 mph)
That's impressive!  Even though we predicted a slightly better time, Froome still completed the stage in a time that amazes me.  Well done!

From Spain to Andorra, tomorrow's Stage 9 is a 184.5-km (114.6-mi) mountain stage that will have riders battling in the Pyrenees.   Three category-1 climbs, including at the start, will have riders tired by the time they get to the HC climb to finish the stage at the ski resort of Andorre Arcalis where the elevation is 2240 m (7349 ft).  Our prediction is given below.
  • Stage 9:   5h 02' 33" (prediction)
I fully admit that we are predicting a fast time.  Come on, climbers, challenge Froome tomorrow!

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