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post #1 of 17
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Didn't think I would look forward to El Pistolero's return, but I must say this Vuelta looks to be the most exciting stage race of the year with Contador vs Froome, Purito, the Movistar duo and a few spoilers thrown in for good measure.  Should be good fun.

post #2 of 17
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Didn't think I would look forward to El Pistolero's return, but I must say this Vuelta looks to be the most exciting stage race of the year with Contador vs Froome, Purito, the Movistar duo and a few spoilers thrown in for good measure.  Should be good fun.


The myth of Chris Froome will be proven in the Vuelta. Sky cannot control this race

post #3 of 17
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I tend to think you are right, plus they have to be completely work out ofter the Tour and Olympics.

post #4 of 17

And if they aren't, we should all wonder what miracle juice they have that has helped them to dominate the races they raced this season...

 

Mike

post #5 of 17
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Well the first week has certainly been exciting.  While Froome has yet been exposed as a "myth", he certainly has been exposed as a relatively young and inexperienced rider (relative to the level he is racing) that needs to get a better grip on race tactics.  What worked for Wiggo in the Tour isn't working for him here and Contador is a far craftier opponent than anyone Wiggins faced in the Tour.  Contador's problem is he just doesn't right now have the race fitness to finish off his moves and Valverde and Rodriguez are taking advantage of it.  

 

The next two weeks will be very interesting to see if Alberto can gains some fitness and finish off the attacks he has been making and to see if Purito can come through in the TT.  If he does, he will be hard to beat.

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Well the first week has certainly been exciting.  While Froome has yet been exposed as a "myth", he certainly has been exposed as a relatively young and inexperienced rider (relative to the level he is racing) that needs to get a better grip on race tactics.  What worked for Wiggo in the Tour isn't working for him here and Contador is a far craftier opponent than anyone Wiggins faced in the Tour.  Contador's problem is he just doesn't right now have the race fitness to finish off his moves and Valverde and Rodriguez are taking advantage of it.  

 

The next two weeks will be very interesting to see if Alberto can gains some fitness and finish off the attacks he has been making and to see if Purito can come through in the TT.  If he does, he will be hard to beat.


I think Contador is doing well while riding himself in to form. While Chris Froome is starting to feel the burden of the Spanish armada taking their shots.

 

I don't believe that Purito or Valverde have the gas tank to go with AC in the longer climbs. We'll see how much form Contador gains. How much of the tour is still in Froomes legs. And how many times he can respond to an in form Contador's attacks.

 

I think the Sky train is starting to realize that this isn't a race they can dictate. All they can do is burn themselves out.

post #7 of 17
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I think the Sky train is starting to realize that this isn't a race they can dictate. All they can do is burn themselves out.

 

Agree completely.  And Froome leading out his teammate for a sprint the other day was really stupid.  Wiggins can do it at the end of the tour when he already has it wrapped up, but it cost Froome dearly in the next couple of stages.

post #8 of 17

Spanish Armada puts the last shot in to Froome and sinks him.

post #9 of 17

Haven't watched a lot of the Vuelta this year but the stages I have watched have been for more entertaining than the TDF especially the hill top battles between Contador and Rodriguez. And the finish to stage 12 was just brutal; 188kms followed by a final 2km/250m climb at and average of 18% with sections at 30%. That is just nuts.

post #10 of 17

Oh Alberto. Today was an amazing ride that shows what true champions are made of.

post #11 of 17

Tainted meat?

post #12 of 17

Dang, would have like to watch it but broadcast is in the middle of the night here and I'm off to Un Zed this afternoon.

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Oh Alberto. Today was an amazing ride that shows what true champions are made of.

 

 

Dope??

 

Nice ride today though

 

Merckx the greatest cyclist of all time was doper and no one seems to hold that against him so I don't hold El Pistolero's shenanigans against him.   He is the most exciting racer on the planet for sure...

post #14 of 17

Merckx is a fat old man.

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Merckx is a fat old ex doper of a man and by far the greatest cyclist who ever swung a leg over a top tube.

  FIFY

post #16 of 17
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I've been fly fishing in Montana all week and misses all of that action. I'll have to watch the replay when I get home
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The myth of Chris Froome will be proven in the Vuelta. Sky cannot control this race

He may have been a myth at last years Vuelta, be he is the real deal at this years tour, even when the rest of his team can't control anything.

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