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SoreTween

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Vuelta? - Sorry, I appear to be lost.
« on: August 22, 2016, 08:43:58 pm »
I came here expecting a thread on the Vuelta.  Couldn't find it so I checked sporting life, not there either.  So I searched - nowt again.  I must be lost.

Am I the only one on here with a bursting desire to comment on how ridiculously, stupidly, insanely BONKERS the finish of todays stage was?  I'd prefer my rock boots to walk up that and just forget riding it at any speed with any gears.  How in the flibbity gibbett did they keep the front wheel in contact with the ground?
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David Martin

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 09:04:50 pm »
By being much much lighter and stronger than most of us, methinks.
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Samuel D

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 09:06:48 pm »
It was brutal alright. Not a good day to be someone with no discernible anaerobic burst, such as Contador.

Froome did very well, but this is the kind of finish that flatters him. Remains to be seen what his form will be like, especially as the race progresses and he inevitably comes down from his Tour/Olympics peak. I hope he doesn’t get sick, which is what my body would do if it tried to do what his is doing this year.

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2016, 09:10:24 pm »
great finish  :thumbsup:---grand tours seem to be in search of most steep / insane finishes currently ! Perhaps it`s not a real cycling test though but certainly opened up the GC
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 04:23:46 pm »
Ahh La Vuelta, only the Spanish can love looking for those climbs that even Barbary Apes would wince at.  I seem to remember that the local TV producers also have a moto that shows the inclines as the riders are riding it!!  :facepalm: :facepalm:

I loved the Great D Millar's throwaway comment about it only being 1.8km and how it would take them 9-10 minutes because it was steep.  :o STEEP :o it was a blinking wall with extra bricks on top  :o ;D :o

I love La Vuelta

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 07:29:21 pm »
I'vereally enjoyed the Vuelta coverage in the last couple f years.

Not so excited this year; need a break from telly straight after the Olympics, and the evenings are too nice for telly watching.


But I'm sure I'll get into it!  (I'm Foreign Audaxing Sep 1-4th - hopefully it wont all  be over when I get back)
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 07:57:21 pm »
Ahh La Vuelta, only the Spanish can love looking for those climbs that even Barbary Apes would wince at.  I seem to remember that the local TV producers also have a moto that shows the inclines as the riders are riding it!!  :facepalm: :facepalm:

I loved the Great D Millar's throwaway comment about it only being 1.8km and how it would take them 9-10 minutes because it was steep.  :o STEEP :o it was a blinking wall with extra bricks on top  :o ;D :o

I love La Vuelta

ToB do it sometimes too. A couple years back they took the ride up Newlands Pass from Buttermere in the pouring rain which had the back of the pack walking up.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2016, 07:57:16 pm »
On the FNRttC, one of the calls we have is "Bollard!" Looks like they could do with that in La Vuelta.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2016, 08:36:38 pm »
On the FNRttC, one of the calls we have is "Bollard!" Looks like they could do with that in La Vuelta.

Shades of the incident from last year's Tour of the Basque Country?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/riders-angry-after-high-speed-basque-country-crash
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2016, 08:55:33 pm »
Ahh La Vuelta, only the Spanish can love looking for those climbs that even Barbary Apes would wince at.  I seem to remember that the local TV producers also have a moto that shows the inclines as the riders are riding it!!  :facepalm: :facepalm:

I loved the Great D Millar's throwaway comment about it only being 1.8km and how it would take them 9-10 minutes because it was steep.  :o STEEP :o it was a blinking wall with extra bricks on top  :o ;D :o

I love La Vuelta

ToB do it sometimes too. A couple years back they took the ride up Newlands Pass from Buttermere in the pouring rain which had the back of the pack walking up.

They're going up 'The Struggle' this year.

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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2016, 08:23:55 am »
On the FNRttC, one of the calls we have is "Bollard!" Looks like they could do with that in La Vuelta.

Shades of the incident from last year's Tour of the Basque Country?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/riders-angry-after-high-speed-basque-country-crash
So Bollard-gate rumbled on a bit yesterday, but it seems that the (uninjured) riders are now past it, and focusing on the racing. GWS Mr Krosewick* .

I did enjoy the interview with his (dutch?) team-mate. It made SUCH a change to hear a forgiving attitude, following a heartfelt apology. You see Humans, it IS possible to make the best of things if you actually want to!


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TheLurker

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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2016, 09:27:07 am »
"Kruijswijk", but we all knew who you meant.

What did the team mate have to say?  Paraphrase would do if you haven't got a link to a transcript.

ETA.
Where is Mr. Larrington's penetrating analysis and summary of Yates S'. performance yesterday?

Come to that; where are his analyses and summaries of the stages so far?

Tsk, tsk. Not good enough Mr. Larrington, D for effort and take 100 lines; "I must not shirk my major stage race analysis and summarising duties if I know what's good for my health."
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2016, 10:32:00 am »
[ ... stalls, while deeply hoping that someone will post a link to the relevant ITV4 catchup page...   ]

Yes, "Kruijswijk". well done!
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2016, 10:58:08 pm »
Where is Mr. Larrington's penetrating analysis and summary of Yates S'. performance yesterday?

Come to that; where are his analyses and summaries of the stages so far?

Tsk, tsk. Not good enough Mr. Larrington, D for effort and take 100 lines; "I must not shirk my major stage race analysis and summarising duties if I know what's good for my health."

AFAIK, P@nd3m1c® Pr0duct10nz™ doesn't cover "chipper" races.  :demon:
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2016, 05:36:44 pm »
"Kruijswijk", but we all knew who you meant.

What did the team mate have to say?  Paraphrase would do if you haven't got a link to a transcript.

Summat like:
Obs apologies dont fix K's injuries. But they are good to hear.
Its the first time we [the riders] have had an apology from organisers. To hear an honest apololgy, with regret, shows that they are thinking about what has gone wrong; so there is hope that they will fix things.

[meanwhile ...]
Contador's interview yesterday was interesting - he only seems to consider Froome as the man to beat.
And of course it was also interesting to see the Froom-omatic 3000 brain actually miscalculate his pacing.

It's game on ...
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David Martin

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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2016, 06:34:57 pm »
And another red jersey holder. Looks like a cracking race so far with plenty of calculating for the breakaway going on.
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2016, 08:17:12 am »
Froome appears to be annoying  Quintana by carefully riding his own race and not exhausting himself. Quintana has called for a ban on power meters, saying they make things 'unfair'. Not quite sure how, except that records from them might show when some riders are hanging on to motorbikes . . .

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David Martin

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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2016, 09:01:33 am »
Maybe they should ban garmins and speedos, and notes of when key points are happening stuck to the handlebars.
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2016, 11:43:23 am »
The peloton was 33 minutes behind the stage winner!

Just like the good old days :-)
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2016, 12:05:05 pm »
Maybe they should ban garmins and speedos, and notes of when key points are happening stuck to the handlebars.

They ride in speedos!  :o

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« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2016, 02:53:19 pm »
Maybe they should ban garmins and speedos, and notes of when key points are happening stuck to the handlebars.

They ride in speedos!  :o

That will involve a bit more shaving.
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2016, 05:42:30 pm »
Bloody good battle up Aubisque today!!

TheLurker

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« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2016, 08:08:54 pm »
My, my.  That _was_ exciting.
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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2016, 08:11:13 pm »
great stage indeed and Simon y was amazing in his ride to take so much time on GC contenders
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

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« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2016, 03:31:18 pm »
Incredible scenes in Spain right now. Tune in if you haven’t.