Vuelta chat (possible spoilers)

by 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?

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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.

posted by NeilG83 [256 posts]
16th August 2012 - 18:09

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If you already know the spoilers, can you give me next weeks lottery numbers as well?! Big Grin

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
16th August 2012 - 20:09

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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.

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
18th August 2012 - 8:46

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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 Devil

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

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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
18th August 2012 - 11:21

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This is the guy who hates going downhill. He bottled it for sure! Wink

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
18th August 2012 - 12:26

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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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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
18th August 2012 - 12:29

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Oh very good gkam! Big Grin

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
18th August 2012 - 21:26

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Yep. Good call.

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

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
19th August 2012 - 10:40

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

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 8:01

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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. Big Grin
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... Thinking
(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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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 10:02

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It's been great racing so far.

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
26th August 2012 - 20:13

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
27th August 2012 - 8:36

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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.

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 21:07

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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

THE ONLY WAY IS BIKE

posted by lushmiester [156 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 22:51

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Enjoyed that - good laugh for us but reckon they had just a good laugh making it.

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
4th September 2012 - 8:18

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hilarious - get the distinct feeling that the title bit became a team catchphrase - doing it on the podium is inspired!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
4th September 2012 - 14:39

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Wow! Bertie did a job today then!

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
5th September 2012 - 19:00

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Proper bike racing - that's why he's the best Grand Tour rider.

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
6th September 2012 - 21:08

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