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It worked having a thread during the TDF so why not for Spain.

As I am playing catch up, is Andy Schleck racing?

The Froome v Contador battle looks exciting.

Any other contenders do you think?

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NeilG83 [299 posts] 3 years ago
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Schleck isn't racing and neither is Sanchez, so I think Rodriquez is the main threat to Contador and Froome especially with some steep finishes with bonus seconds for the first 3 over the line and few time trial kms.
I expect Gesink and Van den Broeck to challenge as well.
I'm hoping that Talansky and Quintana will have good races as they look like good prospects, although Quintana might have to play a team role for Valverde and Cobo.

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notfastenough [3679 posts] 3 years ago
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If you already know the spoilers, can you give me next weeks lottery numbers as well?!  4

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Andy bottling (imho) the contador battle is disappointing. After a TDF that wasn't exactly attack filled I hoped this race would be a firework fest!

Another reason for me to maintain my negative view of the Schleck boys.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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Hardly bottling it. He had a broken pelvis, his Sacrum to be picky, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacrum

I wouldn't be rushing back either, his problems with his knee have also returned. That and his brother can't race with him  19

So 3 weeks might be a bit much, his last turn out for RSNT in America instead  3

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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This is the guy who hates going downhill. He bottled it for sure!  3

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm not a fan of his. But he can't hate going downhill that much, He's been constantly doing it since he left Saxo.....

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notfastenough [3679 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh very good gkam!  4

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Yep. Good call.

How about the faces on the rabo riders when movistar rolled in!

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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So what do you feel about Sky's tactics the other day then?

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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Super Domestique wrote:

So what do you feel about Sky's tactics the other day then?

I thought it was funny.  4
And all that rubbish about how Valverde was the race leader annoyed me - if Movistar had wanted to keep the jersey they wouldn't have let the gap go to 13 mins. As it turns out, had he not crashed he'd have been thanking Sky and Saxo etc for closing the gap so he could keep the jersey!
But I guess no-one knows more than Valverde about doing the honourable thing and being fair to your fellow professionals...  39
(Actually I know very little about the circumstances surrounding his ban, so that might be unfair, but hey - its probably not.)

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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It's been great racing so far.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Aye, I don't like Contador but I have to admit, his attacking style was sorely missed at this year's tour.

Having four attacking riders in Contador, Rodriguez (who is always great to watch), Valverde and Froome definitely spices things up and I'm looking forward to the next two weeks although I'm worried that the three Spaniards will gang up on Froome if he takes the red jersey on Wednesday.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Just more great racing. Shame about Froome but watching the agony of the climbing of the 4 top contenders has been borderline inspirational.

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lushmiester [187 posts] 3 years ago
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Orica Green Edge do Call me maybe video (a la USA swimming team) wondered what all the hand singling had meant this Veulta now it makes sense. It's a good giggle and a break from all that oh so earnest stuff, included a link if you haven't seen it it is worth a watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEvX_vKDYEw

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Enjoyed that - good laugh for us but reckon they had just a good laugh making it.

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notfastenough [3679 posts] 3 years ago
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hilarious - get the distinct feeling that the title bit became a team catchphrase - doing it on the podium is inspired!

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Wow! Bertie did a job today then!

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 3 years ago
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Proper bike racing - that's why he's the best Grand Tour rider.