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Old 08-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Found a decent site covering information relating to La Vuelta:
http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Started watching today but nothing was happening. I'll tune in again soon for the last few kms.

@Henry Hill – That stage 3 finish was brilliant. Seeing that, I'm getting excited at the possibility of some very animated racing toward the end of stage 8.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yeah, today wasn't very exciting. Tomorrow looks good though.




Lifted: This stage isn’t complicated at all until the final 20km or so. Heading from Rioja into Aragón, it finishes in the winter resort of Jaca. Just before Jaca, the riders will tackle the first of two cat 3 climbs. This is the Puerto de Oroel, which is the highest of the pair but far easier than the Alto Fuerte de Rapitán that quickly follows. The Rapitán looks tougher than most cat 3 ascents, climbing for almost 4km at more than 8 per cent, with sections of 14 per cent and the stage finish at the summit. It will be interesting to see how the flyweight climbers match up against the puncheurs and more powerful riders.

The contenders will have to be on their guard during the finale of this stage. It finishes in the old part of Jaca after a 3km climb that could be explosive. It will suit power riders and their attacks could split the bunch before the finish.

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Lifted: This stage isn’t complicated at all until the final 20km or so. Heading from Rioja into Aragón, it finishes in the winter resort of Jaca. Just before Jaca, the riders will tackle the first of two cat 3 climbs. This is the Puerto de Oroel, which is the highest of the pair but far easier than the Alto Fuerte de Rapitán that quickly follows. The Rapitán looks tougher than most cat 3 ascents, climbing for almost 4km at more than 8 per cent, with sections of 14 per cent and the stage finish at the summit. It will be interesting to see how the flyweight climbers match up against the puncheurs and more powerful riders.

The contenders will have to be on their guard during the finale of this stage. It finishes in the old part of Jaca after a 3km climb that could be explosive. It will suit power riders and their attacks could split the bunch before the finish.
Yes indeed. I think Valverde will attack on the steepest section and will contest the finish with Rodriguez again (with Contador and Froome not far behind.) I'm intrigued as to how Gilbert will tackle that finale too, he's not having much of a season but looked strong in the Olympic Road Race.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yep, bookies agree, Purito is favourite just ahead of Valverde, with Bertie/Froome not far behind. Gilbert is up there too. http://www.oddschecker.com/other-spo...stage-6/winner
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Apparently the road is really narrow and twisty on the last climb so the descent beforehand should be pretty manic as everyone tries to manoeuvre their way towards the front.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Hoping all the contenders are there abouts. There's 12/8/4 points available for the first 3 over the line. Just checked and Valverde is only 36'' back. I thought it was a bit more than that. 5 men in the break, they have 4 mins, with 46K to go.

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Yeah he must have blasted up the climb the other day to limit his losses like that.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Yeah, to go down like that in the middle of an attack and only lose 30 odd seconds is pretty good. No doubt the fire in his belly helped. Maybe he's still got that drive in him, with the ITT still to come he knows he has to put something pretty special together to get back on terms.
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Saxo pulling back the disintegrating breakaway. I was expecting this to be a Valverde stage but Contador must be thinking of going for it.

De Gendt off on his own now.
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