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Vuelta 2013
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:42:00 am »
Given that we're nearly a week in I'm a bit surprised we didn't have a thread on this.  But I had to start one after yesterday's stage.  Was there anyone who wasn't urging Tony Martin on over those final few metres? I know I was, and not only because he's in my fantasy Vuelta team. Even those few sprinters who beat him seemed a bit apologetic, with a couple seeking him out to commiserate.

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 09:02:06 am »
Was it only about 10 metres he had left till the finish? Solo break for 170 kilometres? Amazing ride. Feel so sorry that he couldn't hold them off.
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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2013, 04:55:17 pm »
Another corking finish!  I would add a spoiler but I'm not sure of the result!

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2013, 05:29:03 pm »
Tony Martin is the kind of rider making the sport great again.  Utmost respect for him.

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2013, 07:36:40 pm »
Was it only about 10 metres he had left till the finish? Solo break for 170 kilometres? Amazing ride. Feel so sorry that he couldn't hold them off.

He must have looked over his shoulder 20 times in the final 2km.

I bet he's regretting that now.  He should have just stayed tucked down and pedalled.

I found myself pedalling the sofa during the final 100m, trying to help him (I do the same with Team GB on the track.  I think I'm partly responsible for some of Hoy's and Pendleton's narrow victories).

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2013, 10:16:40 pm »
And a ruined sofa?

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2013, 10:23:36 pm »
I can't think of another finish which I felt was quite so unjust. Although tbh, if the peleton hadn't been arseing about a bit they probably would have caught him earlier. I would live to say I felt for him, but looking at the way he was shifting about earlier on, he clearly didn;t have a brooks  and I wasn't going to feel THAT , thank you.

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 07:15:56 pm »
Since I criticised him I have to say Graham Jones' commentary has perked up a lot in the past few days. Perhaps he prefers working with Liggett.
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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2013, 07:31:50 pm »
"There is a lone Movistar rider bridging the gap, and he's sitting on the wheel of his teammate..."

guess who  :facepalm:

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2013, 07:56:13 am »
Anyone else LOL at *41* year old Chris Horner bounding away up the big climb........

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2013, 12:03:55 pm »
Anyone else LOL at *41* year old Chris Horner bounding away up the big climb........

Any LOLer than 41 year old Jens Voigt hammering away hour after hour on the flat?
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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2013, 01:59:10 pm »
Hadn't thought about it particularly.

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2013, 05:02:04 pm »
There are a lot of factors that could explain why Horner is doing so well but... Occam's razor, and all that.

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2013, 10:13:49 pm »
"There is a lone Movistar rider bridging the gap, and he's sitting on the wheel of his teammate..."

guess who  :facepalm:

There was a good one in the ITT.  One of the riders (Roche I think), had completed the main climb and started to descend. "He's over the hill ... not literally of course."

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2013, 07:12:56 pm »
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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2013, 08:09:16 pm »
Yes, "Maggie Thatcher, your boys sure took a beating!"

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2013, 07:45:51 am »
There was a good one in the ITT.  One of the riders (Roche I think), had completed the main climb and started to descend. "He's over the hill ... not literally of course."

That's really very good.  Liggett?

An exciting stage yesterday, what with the photo finish (a bit reminiscent of Frroome coming back to pip Cobo at the post a couple of years ago) and with Nibali looking a little less nailed-on.  I've been expecting Horner to fade away over this last week but he's doing the opposite.


Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2013, 03:51:07 pm »
What did Barguil say in his post-race interview to get bleeped? On Twatter his team-mate Koen de Kort said " about 10 months ago he could only say "how are you" in English. Guess we're to blame for the choice of words, we're his teachers".  ;D
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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2013, 04:13:18 pm »
I think it was "shit", although I don't recall the context. It wasn't bleeped on the live coverage :P

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2013, 04:37:18 pm »
Comedy confusion between Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly over the time gaps at the end of today's stage. Carlton should know better than to question Sean "make the calculation" Kelly's maths  :facepalm:

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Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2013, 07:33:08 pm »
What a great race. I'd avoided this thread as I've been watching stages 2 days behind! Managed to catch up at 0750 today, to avoid spoilers on the club-run.

Chris Horner: you wouldn't invite him to dinner, but he does give good interview. One for the stattos - amongst all the "Oldest ever ..." stats; has the oldest rider in the race ever won a GT before?

(Despite all these silly climbs, my favourite moment was definitely the Tony Martin break.)
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Vuelta 2013
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2013, 07:39:27 pm »
Highlight of the race for me was that great bit of acting from Horner at the top of the Angliru yesterday, getting his mates to carry him off. Almost had me convinced that he'd had to work a bit on the climb.  ::-)

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2013, 08:02:24 pm »
It just seems like a bit of a farce really.

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2013, 08:18:37 pm »
Interesting that the Vuelta does not seem to capture the following of TDF or Giro judging by the fact this thread is only one page long (or a little over if this post puts it to two pages!).

I do think the incredibly steep last bits makes it akin to a circus show at times, but you can't take away the credit from Chris Horner; 42 next month and a Grand Tour winner.  Amazing performance IMO considering the other talent riding.

Re: Vuelta 2013
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2013, 09:01:09 pm »
... he does give good interview.

I particularly liked this one.  Spanish language purists should probably not click on the link.