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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby brentono » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:15 pm

"write" Contador off :) ... he's fresh as a daisy, and ready to go.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby RICHARDH » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:29 pm

ha "right" / "write" this is what happens when you have sick kids keeping you up all night, certainly the third week will be were we will see either Froome become fatigued and Contador come through with some fresh legs.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby brentono » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:05 pm

Sure, by midway, when the Tour really gets started, we should see Contador perform.
Hopefully your kids are better, and the only thing keeping you up all night, is the TV coverage.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jejack » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:26 am

Three wins for Degenkolb, impressive stuff for a tour saturated with mountain stages. Tonights stage looks like an exciting one!..
Will Froome have the legs?
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby RICHARDH » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:33 pm

First really stuff stage, looking forward to a Froome, Contador , J-Rod battle :D
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby RICHARDH » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:13 am

Go Meyer Go :D
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby joomz » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:12 am

Great stage last night. I was on the edge of my seat hoping Meyer could keep away. Solid effort.
Exciting and unexpected ending up the top of the mountain. Enjoying this tour the most out of the big 3.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jejack » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:15 pm

Loved how Contador said no to Froome to go in front! Froome clearly needs to follow people just like sir wiggo. I thought Contador would get away to take the win.

Agree, best tour this year.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby clackers » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:54 pm

jejack wrote:Loved how Contador said no to Froome to go in front! .


I also loved the way Bertie took it easy after his terrific breakaway and didn't realize Valverde and Rodriguez were behind him until he was overtaken metres from the line!
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby MarkG » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:17 pm

clackers wrote:
jejack wrote:Loved how Contador said no to Froome to go in front! .


I also loved the way Bertie took it easy after his terrific breakaway and didn't realize Valverde and Rodriguez were behind him until he was overtaken metres from the line!


Contador was buggered, not taking it easy.

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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby bosvit » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:24 pm

MarkG wrote:
clackers wrote:
jejack wrote:Loved how Contador said no to Froome to go in front! .


I also loved the way Bertie took it easy after his terrific breakaway and didn't realize Valverde and Rodriguez were behind him until he was overtaken metres from the line!


Contador was buggered, not taking it easy.

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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby bpmhigh » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:34 pm

MarkG wrote:
Contador was buggered, not taking it easy.



Velonation (or it could have been cycling news) suggested he had bike trouble. I too think he was popped... although I must say the sight of Valverde and Rodriguez rounding the last bend out of the saddle pushing big gears was brilliant.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jejack » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:06 pm

Nice win last night for Philippe. But the highlight was Rosendo going on the break on his own .....

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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby clackers » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:58 pm

MarkG wrote:
Contador was buggered, not taking it easy.


I don't think he knew they were there, Mark!

They were behind him, around the corner, and the TV coverage hadn't captured this either, so his team car wouldn't have known.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:39 pm

clackers wrote:
MarkG wrote:
Contador was buggered, not taking it easy.


I don't think he knew they were there, Mark!

They were behind him, around the corner, and the TV coverage hadn't captured this either, so his team car wouldn't have known.


he knew. He was doing an Andy looking back so much at the end.

At least JR won instead of that other cheater.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby MichaelB » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:01 pm

So, Degenkolb nabs another one.

Is he a cousin of Boonen ? His nodding dog style of sprinting is really annoying to watch. I'm expecting his head to just drop off one day :lol:
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jamesn184 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:10 am

Top 10 - Overall
1. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (101) 40:26:15
2. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO (201) at 00:01
3. Christopher FROOME (181) at 00:16
4. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (009) at 00:59
5. Robert GESINK (161) at 02:27
6. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ (107) at 02:54
7. Nicolas ROCHE (019) at 03:39
8. Andrew TALANSKY (091) at 04:08
9. Laurens TEN DAM (168) at 04:22
10. Bauke MOLLEMA (166) at 05:10

Well there goes Joaquin's lead, not to mention Contador was faster then Froome :o

Can't wait for the highlights..
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby brentono » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:22 am

Midway la Vuelta. 1-second away from the Red Jersey.
The real Tour begins, Contador has reasons to be happy.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby igstar » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:40 am

The first week of Vuelta has been more exciting than all of the TdF - and the most exciting bit is yet to come!
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby RICHARDH » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:19 am

Jeez Contador couldn't have scripted that any better could he, Katusha have to control the peloton and Froome lost time, his looking very good for this. Hopefully it stays nice and tight right to the last week.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jamesn184 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:12 pm

Looking like Froome is human after all
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby bosvit » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:25 pm

Froome must be tired.

We are seeing Contador at his peak and Froome after a massive TdF, it's not really a level playing field, but it makes next years TdF look a whole lot more exciting than this years!
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby brentono » Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:18 pm

The Playing field is an inclined road, and the first to the top wins.
Expectations for Froome were optimistic at best. He's done quite well.
Contador, looking down the barrel. 13" at the 13th. Looking quite good.
Sights are set.
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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby DavidS » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:27 pm

This is such an exciting race. Attacks, riders catching attacks, knackered riders at the end of stages. Much more interesting than Sky Train trundling along in the Tour. Rodriguez is doing a great job of eeking out small little gaps here and there, I hope he wins. 2 more nights of exciting stages and then Friday night is also looking good. The race should go down to the last few days.

I'm lovin' it.

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Re: 2012 Vuelta

Postby jejack » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:22 am

Contador : Epic win! What a win to take the leaders. How exciting is this tour?
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