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Old 08-28-2012, 11:44 AM   #61 (permalink)
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I haven't been able to keep up with the Vuelta the last few days but since I now have oodles of time on my hands I should be able to watch more often. Just going by highlights and recaps, I feel like I've missed most of one of the better opening weeks for a grand tour.

I actually enjoy watching TT (a little strange, I know) so I'm looking forward to seeing just how good Froome will be and if he, or any of the other gc contenders, may put in a surprisingly strong, or weak, performance.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:04 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Big day today, very much looking forward to the highlights later on. A 40KM Time Trial, half of which is flat and the other half spent going up and down. Appareantly the descent is very technical too which will favour Contador a lot more than Froome whose one weakness is going downhill. Froome, should however have done enough on the flat/climb to ensure that he has a fighting chance for victory near the end.

Rodriguez said he is hoping to only lose one minute today and for the sake of the race I hope this is the case. Would be lovely to see Valverde only lose that much time too.

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Yep. Today should be very interesting. Not much to talk about from yesterday, Degenkolb continues to be awesome.


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Old 08-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Lol my fantasy team rose like two thousand places today thanks to having the stage winner Kessiakoff (I only chose him at random because I suspected an Astana rider would pick up a stage win at some point), 2nd place Alberto Contador, seventh place Joaquim Rodriguez, thirteenth place De Gendt and fourteenth place Gilbert. Five riders in the top fifteen, not a bad day at all.


As for the race itself, I really enjoyed it. Contador looked super smooth out there though struggled towards the end whereas Froome seemed to have problems with the versatile nature of the course and never really established a rhythm. Man of the match though has to be Rodriguez who rode out of his skin to stay in red.

This is what a Time Trial should be imo, a true test of one's ability to judge a course where they have to tempo, climb and descend and work out how and where to go at what pace during each section of the route. If the Tour De France are going to have two time trials again then they should add something like this to the traditional pancake flat TT course.

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Old 08-30-2012, 05:14 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Holy crap, today's finish is like a mile at 13% average with sections reaching 29% in gradient! 29%!!!



That's the most ridiculous profile I've ever seen for a Grand Tour stage finish. Lactic Acid is coming.
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Wow, what a climb that was. 4.41 for the last k. Another perefect stage for Purito, and he again look awesome. Bertie looks great and is getting stronger by the day from the look of things. Piti put in a good ride. Froome, well, well, well, it's seriously gotten to him now, already as well. I thought he was massively dropped for a second but he fought hard to limit the loss, which again puts him on the back foot, 51 secs down now. Worrying times indeed.

Back to the TT, (agree, the TDF needs a constant stage like this) which was a similar story. Purito with an amazing ride to keep the jersey, Contador with an amazing ride to bring the gap back to just a second, Piti with an amazing ride to stay within a minute, and Froome, yet again, unimpressive. The TT layout certainly didn't suit him compared to how it did the others, the whole tour so far has played into the Spanish hands, and moreso guys like Purito with the punchy climbs. As they get longer it should help Froome more and hopefully Sky can really come to the fore, Xandio is out, so one man down after today. This is no excuse though, Froome is definitely underpar so far and isn't looking like he will find the form to wrestle this back, he has an awful lot to do and has to hope others falter.

Obviously Bertie has the massive advantage now with the way things are going to go, with Purito needing to hold on as best he can to him. Froome is looking like he might not even make the podium at this rate, he has to turn things around fast. With the 3 big climbs back to back coming after tomorrows stage looking even more critical, if he hasn't pulled things together by then he is out the running for sure. We will have a much better idea of where we stand afterwards. I fancy Bertie to have a nice lead.

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Distance: 172.7km

Highest point: 410m

Category: Rolling

Perfect for a breakaway

Beyond today’s stage there are no less than three tough summit finishes, which should ensure that the overall contenders will rein in their teammates and let the sprinters duke this one out with the riders that make it into the break. Those riders who do get clear will know all too well that this is one of their last chances to take something from the race. The terrain is typically Galician, bumping up and down, particularly during the first half of the day. Once again, the wind off the Atlantic could cause some complications heading towards the finish in the port of Ferrol, which last welcomed the Vuelta 19 years ago.

Abraham Olano: "This stage suits the sprinters but I’ll give them advance warning about the little hill near the finish. It isn’t categorised but it will shuffle the peloton when the race reaches it. The sprinters’ teams might struggle to keep control there."
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Froome's work in the TdF is starting to show. His form isn't what it was. An Olympics and two gts is a tough few months and eventually he had to tire. It's looking more and more like a Contador victory might be coming; Bertie's not as strong as I'd expected him to be but, looking at the stages to come, I don't see anyone I'd wager much on beating him.
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Totally agree. I think i might change my support for Purito now as he looks the only guy who has any chance to stop Bertie. Not that i don't want him to win, i just don't want him to walk away with it and we get competetive riding for as long as possible. I haven't given up all hope with Froome, but most of it.
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Great first Grand Tour stage victory for Brit rider Steve Cummings today. May as well c+p this as i just posted on another forum where we were discussing recent British stage wins...

5th different British Grand Tour stage winner in 2012. Cav/Brad/Froome/Millar/Cummings.

From 2000 to 2007, we had (David Millar) 7 wins in 8 years. In 2008, 6 wins in 2 tours in one year for Cav.

2009/10/11/12 - At least one win at each Grand Tour. 14 consecutive tours now with a Brit stage winner.

Last 5 years stage wins:
Cavendish - 36
D. Millar - 3
Wiggins - 3
Froome - 2
Cummings - 1

Total: 45. Average 3 stage wins per tour. Cav with 36/45 = 80% of total GT stage wins.

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/...-cummings.html

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