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Old 06-12-11, 09:13 AM   #1
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Dauphiné Stage 7 Spoiler

Another mountain top finish and a British win.

1. Rodriguez 2. Pinot (0:08) 3. Gesink (0:08)

GC Result: Bradley Wiggins in yellow. Cadel Evans and Vino in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Second stage win in succession for Rodriguez and the green jersey. He just burst out of the yellow jersey group with 500m to go and there wasn't any chance that he would be caught.

Well done Bradley.

http://www.steephill.tv/criterium-du...ibere/#spoiler
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Looks like in conditioning terms Rodriguez was a little too late for the Giro and maybe a little too early for the Tour? Impressive double. Also impressed by Christophe Kern.
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Rodriguez looked like Contador at the Giro. That uphill acceleration was just beyond words. Despite Cadel and Wiggins riding smart and winning, they sure were boring to watch.
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Despite Cadel and Wiggins riding smart and winning, they sure were boring to watch.
I completely agree. Though I admit I wasn't able to watch much of it live (mostly just highlights and finishes). I had to go back and check the stage results to see where Wiggins actually made his time. Since I was doing the digging I thought I would publish (for the good of the whole) the data I found. These are his stage placings and time back from the winner.

3rd(+5s), 11th(+15s), 13th (st), 2nd(+11s), 70th(st), 6th(+9s), 6th(+54s), 10th(+10)

It seems that he won through great TT'ing ability and finishing in the middle of the leaders each day in the mountains. Overall this strikes me as pretty boring riding, but it works. Perhaps we are just to accustomed to watching freaks like Contador and Lance completely dominate races like the Tour or Giro. Big Mig is a little outside my viewing history, but I understand he won races by surviving the moutains and crushing the TT's. Was he 'boring' to watch?

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^^^

Yes, that was the formula first established by Jacques Anquetil and it's never been very popular with the fans, although it is very effective. Race organizers have tried to somewhat limit the effectiveness of 'the formula' by shortening TT distances. With a race like the Giro, organizers often go the extra mile by adding a very hilly or mountainous time trial.

I guess it's a matter of taste, but I agree with you that it's not very exciting to watch someone sucking wheels for 3 weeks, and never going on the attack.
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What would Wiggins have done if he punctured right as Cadel or Vino attack ahead of him? That would have made for some exciting racing...

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Rodriguez looked like Contador at the Giro. That uphill acceleration was just beyond words. Despite Cadel and Wiggins riding smart and winning, they sure were boring to watch.
No, I don't think it was boring to watch. Maybe if Rodriguez was a better timetrialist he could have been close enough to Wiggins for his climbing to have bridged the gap over the final three stages which would have made the GC battle more interesting post TT. As it was neither Evans or Vino had the explosive accelleration on the climbs to drop Wiggins.

Sometimes a negative can be interesting. I think it was interesting that neither Evans nor Vinokourov had the power to win.
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