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Old 08-19-12, 01:06 PM   #1
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vuelta stage 3-first of many mountain stages to come...

the finishing climb of alto de arrete has some pretty harsh ramps-repeatedly. going with purito rodriguez
for the stage win. i expect to see the gc guys play this first big climb pretty close to the vest. it's a little early to demonstrate one's true form. not gonna win the vuelta this day but could certainly fall out of contention right quick.
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Old 08-20-12, 12:08 AM   #2
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Sounds sweet.
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Very, very interesting. Contador repeatedly attacking, Valverde and Rodriguez responding immediately, Froome unable to be as explosive but never more than a few bike lengths adrift and able to reel them back in within a few seconds. Terrifically aggressive from them all, but especially Contador, so early in the race. Great stage, I think we're in for a treat. None of their domestiques can live with these four guys, I think it's going to be gladiatorial.
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Great stage. It's good to have Contador back. He keeps things interesting.
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+1, great stage... he should get better. Valverde and rodriguez did pretty good. Froome is still not there with those 3 but he did good.

Strategy failed to contador, but IMO is better this way because his team doesnt have to pull at the front all the time. Cobo is way gone at this time. Valverde or rodriguez will win this thing.
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Valverde and Rodriguez will probably crack later in the race on a longer climb, though I was impressed that they were able to stay with Contador so easily.

Froome did well not to lose any time. Is he tired from the Tour or did we sort of exaggerate his climbing ability simply because he was being compared to Wiggins? I'm looking forward to seeing the longer climb tomorrow, even if it may not be steep enough to make a difference.
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Valverde and Rodriguez will probably crack later in the race on a longer climb, though I was impressed that they were able to stay with Contador so easily.

Froome did well not to lose any time. Is he tired from the Tour or did we sort of exaggerate his climbing ability simply because he was being compared to Wiggins? I'm looking forward to seeing the longer climb tomorrow, even if it may not be steep enough to make a difference.
Like Wiggins, Froome's strength in climbing is time trialing not a constant change of pace. That is the way he & the team that went to the TDF trained all year. But, he still beat Contador for 3rd & a time bonus.
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That was an exciting prequel of what is to come. 9 more!
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That was an exciting prequel of what is to come. 9 more!
I don't have Universal or whatever to DVR the Vuelta, so I'm just digging up video of the meat & potatoes of the race one day late. I thought I'd throw this in here to cap off the thread before it falls away, for anybody else who is in the same boat.

http://www.steephill.tv/players/720/...xsxxb7&yr=2012

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Froome seems to be following the Skye play book -- don't match the accelerations and just ride back up when they exhaust themselves.
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I just posted this in road cycling forum. Can't believe how fast it got deleted.

Anyway, very pleased contador is back. Don't care if his water bottle is a combo of epo, steroids, and water, that is the kind of racing I like. Didn't see anything like that in 2012 TDF.
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SInce many years ago we dont see those type of attacks, back in the day races were won with moves like that but no anymore.

Rodriguez and valverde stayed with contador pretty easily, he wont get rid off of them so easy. What thoe 3 have to do is just go together and leave froome back or he will take them all in the ITT.

Contador needs seconds tomorrow yes or yes. As for the sprint contador lost, well after 3 attacks like that u end with no power...
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Froome seems to be following the Skye play book -- don't match the accelerations and just ride back up when they exhaust themselves.
I wonder how that will work if either Valverde or Rodriguez loses some time. Imagine one of Contadors attacks of today, but where the only rider who innitially stays with him is already a minute back on GC and in 4th place. Might it just be remotely possible they would be willing to work with eachother?

Right now those 2 are doing the work of marking Contador, he cannot afford to maintain a pace and give tehm a 4 or 5% energy expendature advantage. Once he can afford that Froome may not be able to Pull Contador back.
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