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Old 09-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #91 (permalink)
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So not an awful lot of movement in time terms at the top of GC, not enough to make any changes anyway. The places in the top 10 were more hotly contested. A relatively interesting stage which could have been amazing if we had a slightly different situation, as it was largely neutered. Figured there could be more attacking but it didn't come until very late. Everything looks to stay the same then, barring a huge turnaround, doesn't look likely considering the stage, anything can still happen obviously, even though it won't. Bertie has won La Vuelta.

1 Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 77h 21' 49"
2 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 35"
3 Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 2' 21"
4 Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 9' 48"
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Traditional finish in Madrid:

Distance: 111.9km

Highest point: 82m

Category: Flat

The final flourish

The Vuelta finishes in traditional fashion with a straightforward stage into the centre of the Spanish capital. It starts in the mountains to the north of the city and runs steadily down into Madrid. Once in the capital, the action will quicken up considerably as the riders tackle 10 laps of a 5.7km finishing circuit based on the Plaza de Cibeles on the Paseo del Prado. Expect lots of attacks, counters and high-speed pursuits culminating in a bunch sprint. Famed for its fountain where Real Madrid fans celebrate their team’s successes, Plaza de Cibeles is a fitting place for the coronation of the 67th Vuelta champion.

Bingen Fernández: "There will be a festival atmosphere in the bunch today. This won’t be fast to start with because it’s the last day. Once the riders are on the Castellana they will really start racing and it’s sure to be a big sprint finish."
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Sorry for lack of response recently but goodness me what a Grand Tour. It was a delight to behold Contador's win at all cost mentality and the attack that won him the race was truly old school epic in its construction.

I'm pumped for the world champs now. Promises to be a great race. Spain's line-up is incredible.
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Sorry for lack of response recently but goodness me what a Grand Tour. It was a delight to behold Contador's win at all cost mentality and the attack that won him the race was truly old school epic in its construction.

I'm pumped for the world champs now. Promises to be a great race. Spain's line-up is incredible.
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I really enjoyed the tour as well, pretty much everyday was entertaining enough in some way. A little disappointed he couldn't do a bit more and at least podium, but very happy Froome managed a 4th place in the end, considering. Swift too was very close to taking a few stages, would have loved him to convert just one. We did continue that winning at least one stage run with Steve Cummings breakaway victory, so that was the highlight for me definitely.

The Tour of Britain was very enjoyable also. The racing, the crowds, the Brits also did very good overall, probably about time. Sky weren't always at their best, don't know how much they wanted to put in here, and Brad couldn't finish due to sickness. After all they put into Cav, maybe too much at times, seeing him win in his 3rd stage here in his last race as world champ/departing Sky was special, and then Jon Tiernan-Locke winning the tour and sealing his move to Sky basically. Plus Kristian House taking the KOM, and Pete Williams the sprints jersey. There were plenty of positives, with teams, riders, the race in general, the interest levels. I was planning on going to see one of the stages but i had an unavoidable appointment sadly. There's always next year, perhaps.


Anyway, no sooner as that had finished and we are on to the worlds. TdF-Olympics-Paralympics-Vuelta-ToB-Worlds. It's been a crazy few months with plenty of other races fitting in between the major ones. I must have watched more cycling in the last few months than the last few years put together. Starting to feel sad it will be over for a while before we get back to serious competition, really looking forward to the new season and transfers though, don't think i've got to this point before.
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So Judith Arndt defends her ITT title in style. Gutted Emma Pooley couldn't at least podium, she finished 4th. Elinor Barker won the junior title today so that was our first real (and maybe only) success here, although we had a couple of girls podium in the TTT. Froome isn't going in the ITT instead focusing on the RR, where we don't really have too many realistic chances. Just Alex Dowsett to ride the ITT for us, 2x national champ. Tony Martin favourite to defend his title, Contador 2nd at 4/1. http://www.oddschecker.com/other-spo...e-trial/winner


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Froome's got nothing to be ashamed of really. 2nd and 4th in consecutive Grand Tours is an awesome achievement and bodes really well for his chances next year. I thought he showed real heart to battle on when the race was already lost in the Vuelta and I still don't think we've seen his full potential when he's a.) fresh, b.) his team aren't exhausted, C.) The Parcours is more balanced. Next year, I think we will truly see just how strong a rider he really is.

As for the Worlds road race, I can honestly say that this is the most excited I've been for a race all year. Ten climbs of the Cauberg is going to be brutal and I'm fascinated as to what tactics each nation will adopt. Is Gilbert going to just ride everyone off his wheel at the end? Will Spain launch multiple attacks from their star studded squad? Will Contador attempt to go solo again? Can Sagan hold onto the wheel in the last climb and prevail in the sprint? Then there's the matter of Boonen, Gerrans, Valverde, Rodriguez etc, it's going to be a battle royale out there on Sunday.

I fancy Contador to oust Martin in the Time Trial. Apparently the terrain is very up and down which will favour Contador's explosiveness over Martin's raw power. Plus Martin is having a very poor season in comparison to the godly form he had last year.

Tbh, if Alberto can do the Double here (something which I can't ever remember being done before) I think that would make him Rider of the Year. A big ask but an intriguing situation nonetheless.

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So Tony Martin, like Judith Arndt, defended his title. Phinney put in a great ride, got to feel for him losing out by just 5 secs, he'll get plenty more chances though. Don't know what happened to Alberto? I guess it was a big ask coming off the back of the tour and after not riding for a while before hand. He usually does better riding TT's on a tour and he still has the RR to come. Wonder how he felt when Martin caught him? considering he was talked about as the best challenger to him? Those 5 secs he won by would have been possibly wiped out with no catch. Alex Dowsett rode brilliantly to place 8th for us.
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I'm another one who has sort of neglected this thread recently. Sorry 'bout that. My free time suddenly disappeared toward the end of the Vuelta. I didn't even manage to catch any of the Canadian track cycling championships which just wrapped up this week. I intended to go watch some of the events but the times didn't fit my schedule. Oh well.

I am looking forward to Sunday – the world road race should be quite something!
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