Vuelta Stage 2: Pontevedra - Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba

by drheaton   August 25, 2013  

Good stage yesterday with some interesting results, especially with the likes of Betancur and a few other potential GC guys being dropped before the finish line, but today the real fun starts.

Flat-ish stage today with a summit finish, will the GC guys look to put down a marker, will the likes of Valverde/Rodriguez try to take some time bonuses and make up lost time on Nibali or will Astana look to get rid of the leaders jersey now and let a breakaway go?

Should be an interesting day.

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The Giro is personally my favourite but the Vuelta is always fun. With the likes of Betancur losing a couple of minutes, Intxausti losing five minutes and a few other strong riders like De Gendt and Westra losing time its set up nicely for some attacking riding.

What I'm not sure of is at what point the guys possibly targeting the KoM will go on the attack. With only the 3rd cat available to the break today the jersey will go to the stage winner. The same goes for the next few days too, not many intermediate climbs on offer.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:09

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The only disappointmet for me yesterday was Intxausti being dropped from the Movistar train......and I didn't really expect Choo-Choo to do anything as he's in there purely for breaks on the open road and LuLu is there for stage wins.

Everyone else performed more or less as expected and pretty pleased with 194th considering I picked for today in mind and can bank 2 transfers straight away

Team for today

Nibali
Brajkovic
Zubeldia
Uran
Henao
Valverde
Intxausti
LuLuSanchez
Txurruka

posted by ray silvester [1858 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:10

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Just gonna stick as I don't have a bad team, got future stages in mind with 2 picks

for today:

Valverde
Kangert
Zubeldia
Henao
Capecchi
Basso
Betancurt

Left in with the next 3 stages in mind:

Meersman
Stybar

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:32

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2 changes for me, got some ground to make up already Sick

Valverde
Kreuziger
Henao
Clarke
Tiralongo 4 Kangert
Bart De Clercq
Ratto
Stybar
Horner 4 Spartacus

Considered majka and Ulissi but wanna see what form they have if any? Thinking

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:55

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Hoping Betancur is out of sorts as predicted.

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posted by backflipbedlem [835 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:59

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3 man breakaway
Alex Rasmussen
Francisco Javier Aramendia
Gregory Henderson

over 2 mins out

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
25th August 2013 - 12:07

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6.36 after 33k

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 12:12

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8 mins after 38k
Fernandez (GRS) DNS

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 12:20

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Lead over 9 mins at the base of the cat.3

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 12:35

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Only one change, got rid of EBH and replaced him with Majka

Vicenzo Nibali
Gianni Meersman
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
Eros Capecchi
Zdenek Stybar
Simon Clarke
Amets Txurruka
Rafal Majka
Diego Ulissi

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2839 posts]
25th August 2013 - 13:01

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Gap at 11 mins with 110k to go.
Could be difficult to pull back.

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 13:09

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Cat.3
1 Aramendia
2 Henderson
3 Rasmussen

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 13:12

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Sprint 1
1 Rasmussen
2 Henderson
3 Aramendia
Gap 12.30 at 95k remaining

philip unwin

posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 13:34

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Now 13k with 75k left

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 14:00

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Philip Unwin wrote:
Now 13k with 75k left

that's 13mins (not k) of course

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 14:04

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If it had been a bigger group up the road I would have agreed that it'd be hard to pull back but with a decent climb at the end of the stage I'd bet on the peloton pulling anything up to 15mins back.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th August 2013 - 14:22

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Sprint 2
1 Henderson
2 Rasmussen
3 Aramendia

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posted by Philip Unwin [795 posts]
25th August 2013 - 14:53

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S Sanchez not looking too healthy. Not good for my Purist or 3 spaniards team

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posted by backflipbedlem [835 posts]
25th August 2013 - 16:04

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Wasn't planning to make any transfers for tomorrow, but I think I'll be making 3 after that stage.

posted by Wig_Billy [577 posts]
25th August 2013 - 16:21

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Anyone know what happened to Sammy Sanchez? I can't find his name in any of the race results.

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posted by 1wrangler [27 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:10

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the top 20 from the stage:
1 ROCHE, Nicolas (SAXO-TINKOFF)
2 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA)
3 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE
4 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP - ENDURA)
5 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOV)
6 ULISSI, Diego (LAMPRE-MERIDA)
7 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)
8 BASSO, Ivan (CANNONDALE)
9 MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)
10 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (SKY PROCYCLING)
11 MARTIN, Daniel (GARMIN SHARP)
12 MAJKA, Rafal (SAXO-TINKOFF)
13 HORNER, Christopher (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
14 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ)
15 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
16 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA PRO TEAM)
17 HUZARSKI, Bartosz (NETAPP - ENDURA)
18 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)
19 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (EUSKALTEL EUSKADI)
20 SANTAROMITA, Ivan (BMC RACING)

and the GC

1 NIBALI, Vincenzo
2 ROCHE, Nicolas (SAXO-TINKOFF)
3 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
4 HORNER, Christopher (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
5 KISERLOVSKI, Robert (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
6 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (SKY PROCYCLING)
7 HERMANS, Ben (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)
8 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR TEAM)
9 MAJKA, Rafal (SAXO-TINKOFF)
10 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2839 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:10

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1wrangler wrote:
Anyone know what happened to Sammy Sanchez? I can't find his name in any of the race results.

Samuel Sanchez lost four minutes on the final climb,

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:43

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Last years KOM, Simon Clarke, was last man home 9.53 down.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2839 posts]
25th August 2013 - 18:17

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I see they finally added Sanchez's name to the stage results. He was at +2:41 with his teammates who waited for him. Strange that it took two hours for his name to appear.

1Wrangler

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posted by 1wrangler [27 posts]
25th August 2013 - 18:33

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Well that disaster writes off my vuelta, nevermind

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
25th August 2013 - 18:59

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stumps wrote:
Last years KOM, Simon Clarke, was last man home 9.53 down.

well even though i had him 48 is points is terrible :"(

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
25th August 2013 - 19:37

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I hate Boardman bikes anyway....Perhaps just as well... Surprise Crying Sad

The G Fan Club...

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [507 posts]
25th August 2013 - 19:45

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40 points for me..stupid old lazy Spanish men Angry

posted by Jonas Lorenzen [51 posts]
25th August 2013 - 19:46

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Just 500 points away from getting my final badge! Wooo!

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posted by backflipbedlem [835 posts]
25th August 2013 - 21:03

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Well, somehow, I had a good day. Saw points total and feared the worst, but seems we all took a bit of a hit. Great win for Roache and Saxo but came a bit out of leftfield. Here's to a continued eventful Vuelta!

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [536 posts]
25th August 2013 - 22:32

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