Super Domestique, August 16, 2012
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?
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.
posted by NeilG83 [136 posts] 16th August 2012 - 19:09
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posted by notfastenough [1950 posts] 16th August 2012 - 21:09
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.
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 18th August 2012 - 9:46
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
So 3 weeks might be a bit much, his last turn out for RSNT in America instead
posted by Gkam84 [6474 posts] 18th August 2012 - 12:21
This is the guy who hates going downhill. He bottled it for sure!
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 18th August 2012 - 13:26
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.....
posted by Gkam84 [6474 posts] 18th August 2012 - 13:29
Oh very good gkam!
posted by notfastenough [1950 posts] 18th August 2012 - 22:26
Yep. Good call.
How about the faces on the rabo riders when movistar rolled in!
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 19th August 2012 - 11:40
So what do you feel about Sky's tactics the other day then?
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 23rd August 2012 - 9:01
posted by chrisdstripes [855 posts] 23rd August 2012 - 11:02
It's been great racing so far.
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 26th August 2012 - 21:13
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.
posted by drheaton [2426 posts] 27th August 2012 - 9:36
Just more great racing. Shame about Froome but watching the agony of the climbing of the 4 top contenders has been borderline inspirational.
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 3rd September 2012 - 22:07
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
posted by lushmiester [137 posts] 3rd September 2012 - 23:51
Enjoyed that - good laugh for us but reckon they had just a good laugh making it.
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 4th September 2012 - 9:18
hilarious - get the distinct feeling that the title bit became a team catchphrase - doing it on the podium is inspired!
posted by notfastenough [1950 posts] 4th September 2012 - 15:39
Wow! Bertie did a job today then!
posted by Super Domestique [1101 posts] 5th September 2012 - 20:00
Proper bike racing - that's why he's the best Grand Tour rider.
posted by daddyELVIS [65 posts] 6th September 2012 - 22:08
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