Stage 18 La Vuelta

by Gkam84   September 8, 2011  

Well they've not started yet, another 20 mins or so, but thought i'd start because i go get cleaned up from this morning ride

http://skysports.html.infostradasports.com/asp/lib/event/tour/index.asp?...

Not happy with Eurosport this Vuelta and not been using ITV, but if the race hammers on like its been doing the last few days, before it goes live they might already be up the Cat 1 today Angry Its only 53km from the finish, but its only a 174km stage, yesterday they caught it live with about 70km to go, but that was a 211km stage

I think its about time UCI/ASO whoever is in charge of the live feeds to the TV channels all over the world started an online live channel, no commentary needed, just give us a live feed we can watch for important bits before our home nation decides to start showing it on tv and for the likes of the 2 last sundays, it would be good Big Grin

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Nearly 11 minutes, looking like some of the break may just stay away already

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 13:28

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Seen as i know Dave has looking in here, you might wanna give Tony a nudge and tell him its Thursday Devil

http://road.cc/content/news/42720-schwag-grab-tour-britain-official-t-sh...

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 13:31

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First points of the day Big Grin

Cat.3 Puerto de la Braguía 56.2 km
1 Montaguti (ALM) 3
2 Sijmens (COF) 2
3 De Greef (OLO) 1

I think Sijmens will be the only one trying to stop Montaguti trying to take all the mountain points

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 13:48

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119 Madrazo (ESP, MOV), Abandoned

Another movistar out, leaving them with only 4 after this stomach bug

Only 8 out of the 22 starting teams have their full roster of riders left

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 14:19

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Cat.2 Alto del Caracol 75.1 km
1 Sijmens (COF) 5
2 Montaguti (ALM) 3
3 De Greef (OLO) 1

More points and with 9.30 in hand, i think they can get to the Cat 1 aswell which could be 10. i dont know if they could make both Cat 3's after that, if they did and he won them both, it would put him joint top of the mountains Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 14:34

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Sky tracker keeps switching between Sijmens and Montaguti for the Cat 2 Angry

J-Rod should be allowed the sprints as they are all that far behind the time bonus won't matter and he's only 11 points off the points jersey again

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 14:37

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There we go, just as expected

1. Hermosa 101 km
1 Joa. Rodríguez (KAT) 4
2 R. Kišerlovski (AST) 2
3 Timmer (SKS) 1

This group seem to be working well, letting the points guys get the points and the mountains take them and with still 9.35 lead and only 68km to go with some good climbers in the break, i can see them staying away now because they are no threat overall

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 14:53

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Another thing to add to my list of Eurosports crap coverage of La Vuelta after declaring they were showing EVERY stage live, they didn't do that, then they schedule it in, but never stick to it, yesterday was late and finished 30 mins early for snooker and its late today because of the snooker and i refuse to watch the crappy ITV coverage Angry Angry

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 15:04

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Sijmens annoying me, sprinting like a demon to take the Cat 1 first place Sick

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 15:33

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Joaquin to win this one

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posted by Old29 [1 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:00

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Old29 wrote:
Rodriguez to take the race lead?? Only 7 minutes down with the pack over 11 minutes back Thinking

He's 18+ mins down on lead with the peleton currently 11+ mins down on him on this stage. It still leaves him another 7 mins to make up.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2642 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:02

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7 mins down??

Think you should look again, he's 18 minutes down..........Nice edit Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:02

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But no, J-Rod wont win the stage if the break stays away, better sprinters, if they stay away, Sijmens will win Angry

As long as J-Rod is in the top 10ish then he'll get his green back

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:05

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The rest of the break are riding like twats, especially Montaguti and the Euskatel guy. If they win I reckon one of the others will throw a bike at them.

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posted by abudhabiChris [494 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:34

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Gavazzi won, but its gonna be a while before i post any results as the pack are 11 mins down

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:44

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Bit of a funny day, plenty of points for Montaguti but no sprinters getting points and I can't see many people being heavily loaded on Lampre guys. I think sticking mainly with GC guys was probably the best way to go.

posted by drheaton [3428 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:48

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Top 5 Points

1 Joa. Rodríguez (KAT) 106
2 Mollema (RAB) 101
3 J.J. Cobo (GEO) 92
4 Froome (SKY) 88
5 P. Sagan (LIQ) 75

Top 5 Mountains

1 Moncoutié (COF) 63
2 Montaguti (ALM) 56
3 J.J. Cobo (GEO) 42
4 Martin (GRM) 33
5 D. Moreno (KAT) 32

Thats all i'm sure off apart from the top 14

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:49

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Good to see Wiggo smiling as he sprinted home with the peloton. Got Montaguti in the break and a few that picked up minor placings at the finish, won't be a huge score today though.

Stewie

posted by stewieatb [298 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:50

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Just wish i'd done what my heart told me last night, Fuglsang out and Kiserlovski in Angry

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:51

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Top 20 Stage

1 F. Gavazzi (LAM) 4:24:42
2 K. Van de Walle (QST) +0
3 Geniez (SKS) +10
4 Sijmens (COF) +10
5 Montaguti (ALM) +10 ✔
6 Gustov (SBS) +10
7 Oroz (EUS) +10
8 Joa. Rodríguez (KAT) +10
9 R. Kišerlovski (AST) +10
10 De Greef (OLO) +15
11 Paulinho (RSH) +1:08
12 Kohler (BMC) +4:03
13 Jufré (AST) +4:03
14 D. Malacarne (QST) +4:03
15 Geschke (SKS) +7:42
16 Wiggins (SKY) +7:42 ✔
17 D. Moreno (KAT) +7:42 ✔
18 J.J. Cobo (GEO) +7:42 ✔
19 Mondory (ALM) +7:42
20 Monfort (LEO) +7:42 ✔

Not so bad, picked up some points for the pack coming in

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:54

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Top 10 GC

1 J.J. Cobo (GEO) 74:04:05
2 Froome (SKY) +13
3 Wiggins (SKY) +1:41
4 Mollema (RAB) +2:05
5 Menchov (GEO) +3:48
6 Monfort (LEO) +4:13
7 Nibali (LIQ) +4:31
8 Van den Broeck (OLO) +4:45
9 D. Moreno (KAT) +5:20
10 Nieve (EUS) +5:33

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 16:54

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88 today, not bad considering the amount in the break Yawn

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 17:01

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91 I think. Good day to have Montaguti, and leave the rest as GC/Points/KM contenders. Did anyone have Sijmens by the way?

Stewie

posted by stewieatb [298 posts]
8th September 2011 - 17:05

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86 for me i believe, think i will change my two allrounders in nieve and martin for 2morrow

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3749 posts]
8th September 2011 - 17:09

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49 for me.
Tell me is the last stage non cambativ in this GT. Its tomorrow for Wiggo or nothin I feel. What everybody else think?

posted by thefatcyclist [558 posts]
8th September 2011 - 18:04

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Wiggo aint going anywhere now, He's working for Froome

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 18:07

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I think thats it this stage has put me now 60 points down on first place in the South West and i think my chances have been dashed (58 points to the fourth in stage Angry ). Damn held it all for the second week need to reconsider the team Thinking

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8th September 2011 - 19:05

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What does everyone think for tomorrow, can Montaguti get away in another break or has he burned his bridges today, or will Moncoutie just mark him out?

Bound to be interesting and likely another big break will get away but I can see some possible GC action too.

posted by drheaton [3428 posts]
8th September 2011 - 19:20

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If Montaguti goes, Moncoutie will go with, so i think he's knackered now, If Anton is on form, he'll be away aswell

Mollema and Rabo wont be letting ANY breaks get away until after 20km cause thats where the first sprint is

Montaguti's only chance is stage 20 because there are 2 x cat 1, a cat 2 and cat 3

Tomorrow he might aswell just mark Moncoutie as even if he was to win all the climbs, thats only 16 points, leaving him only 9 points behind

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posted by Gkam84 [8639 posts]
8th September 2011 - 19:29

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105 for me, some how managed 2nd overall for the stage Big Grin

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posted by netclectic [116 posts]
8th September 2011 - 23:04

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