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Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:46 pm

This snuck up on me, probably more because there is nothinbg on SBS for first few weeks other than 30 min highlights.

Some interesting results in TTT meaning that leaders on teams like Tinkoff & AG2R are going to have to do a bit of chasing.

Hope Chaves does well again :mrgreen:

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby biker jk » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:56 pm

First summit finish tonight on the Mirador de Ezaro. Not a long climb at 1.8km but averages 13.8% with stretches of 30%. :shock:

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:06 pm

Inner ring were looking at the climb more closely.

the 30% bit is on the inside of corners, so no really uiseable (makes a comment about going slow enough to get out a theodolite !!), but also co,mments that if tyou take out the flattish section at the end, the average gradient is actually closer to 17% :shock:

After doing the Muro di Sormano near Lake Como recently, that little bit os only 1.8km with an average of 17% and max in the 20's, it required several stops along the way :shock: :|

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby DavidS » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks for the heads up, didn't know it had started. Always like the Vuelta.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:50 am

Will be some interesting stage winners as per Stage 3, as there are some of the bigger names and stacked teams missing.

Contador losing a bit more time last night means even more flair required to gain that back.

Great to see (well read anyway) that Chaves still doing well. Looking fwd to the highlights tonight :D

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby AUbicycles » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:38 pm

Not as much coverage of the Vuelta so it is very easy to miss. Spotted an GreenEdge stage winner.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby DavidS » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:51 pm

I think we only get about the last week live, not great. I like the Vuelta, watched the highlights this afternoon and that list few KMs would have been great live.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:15 am

Seems the coverage this year is worse than years gone by ? maybe the SBS budget went on increased Giro coverage.

Yates & Chaves still in there. Seems to be a race to keep in rather than make the big moves.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:51 pm

Despite the fact there are some big names in the Vuelta and some great performances, it seems there is very little love for the 3rd GT.

Bit sad really, but I suppose that's the way it is.

Be interesting to see if NQ stays healthy & upright and what Piti ends up doing.

Seems like the podium steps that are left are being duked out by Froome, Piti & Chaves.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby biker jk » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:43 pm

Quintana climbed Lagos de Covadonga as fast as Simoni did in 2005 and Heras in 2000 (give or take a handful of seconds)...

http://www.climbing-records.com/2016/08/quintana-unleashed-on-covadonga.html

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:59 pm

Those fortunate enough to have Foxtel are enjoying the usual high quality coverage from Eurosport, inc 1.5hrs of highlights every morning at 8am.

Haven't stayed up for a full stage yet though - maybe week 3. :wink:
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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby AndrewCowley » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:02 pm

Brilliant stage up to Lagos de Covadonga. A stunning effort by Quintana. Putting his TdF demons to bed.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby RonK » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:05 pm

First class coverage on Eurosport. 3 hours each stage. Ashley House and Juan Antonio Fletcha extras segment is a highlight.
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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:30 am

Don't have and will probably never have Eurosport - I want just one channel (happy to pay for that only), not the 65 others that come with it.

Anyway.

Bugger to see Simon Clark out after some great rides. Didn't see the stack involving Quintana, but luck on his side ?

Be interesting to see what damage Stage 14 does, or will it be a snooze fest till the last climb ?

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby find_bruce » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:10 am

Quintana calls for power meters to be banned from racing. Gee I wonder if he is having a dig at anyone in particular :D

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Re: Vuelta 2016

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby RonK » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:08 am

MichaelB wrote:Don't have and will probably never have Eurosport - I want just one channel (happy to pay for that only), not the 65 others that come with it.

So you are not really a cycling fan then. :wink:

But no problem - use a VPN and subcribe to Eurosport UK. This will give you all the grand tours, classics and a plethora of other races you never even heard of. Watch on your computer or intenet tv set.

Create an account on UK iTunes, get the Eurosport Player and you can watch on your iPad.

The week before the Vuelta started we were watching the Arctic Tour of Norway. If you think the three grand tours have stunning scenery, wait until you see this event.

And you get to escape the monotonous Liggert , Sherwin and Mathew Keenan commentary and endure instead the even more monotonous Sean Kelly and the hysterical Carlton Kirby. But at least you do get Maggie Backstedt sometimes.
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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:58 am

RonK wrote: So you are not really a cycling fan then. :wink:

But no problem - use a VPN and subcribe to Eurosport UK. This will give you all the grand tours, classics and a plethora of other races you never even heard of. Watch on your computer or intenet tv set.

Create an account on UK iTunes, get the Eurosport Player and you can watch on your iPad.

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Too much faffing about for a non-computer person.

Generally happy enough with what SBS offers, and have family too.


Great effort by Chaves, shows he's still in there.

Yates hanging in there too !!

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby find_bruce » Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:47 pm

I'm sure it wasn't just me that gave a little cheer to see Piti out the back & gone - 10 minutes down.
cyclingnews wrote:Chaves put in a dig of his own with five kilometres to go, and Contador went clear with a promising attack of his own, but paid for his efforts as he was swiftly dropped. His race became an exercise in damage limitation – the same for Chaves – as Quintana repeatedly looked to shake Froome from his wheel

They are tough markers at cyclingnews, describing Chaves ride as damage limitation - I would have thought taking 30 seconds from Quintana and Froome was a bit better than that. Nice to see good tactics from OGE, to put Yates away, clawing back more than a minute to have him sitting pretty in 4th, just 16s back from Chaves.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby DavidS » Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:03 am

Well it's certainly on tonight. 52KMs to go and Quintana and Contador are in the break with around 2.45 on the group with Froome. And the rest of UK Postal? Off the back.

Last night was exciting too.

Certainly more interesting than the tour, some great racing going on.

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby find_bruce » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:37 am

Great riding by Quintana in what looks to be the winning move with a lead of 3:37. Rest of the podium is tight with Chaves just 20 s off Froome & Clembutador another 5 s back

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby biker jk » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:52 am

find_bruce wrote:Great riding by Quintana in what looks to be the winning move with a lead of 3:37. Rest of the podium is tight with Chaves just 20 s off Froome & Clembutador another 5 s back


No mention of Vroome, Vroome. :lol:

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby MichaelB » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:41 am

Cracker couple of stages. Pity this is the sort of stuff that doesn't happen in the TdF.

Makes the next few stages interesting. Hard to see NQ losing this, but the fight for the minor placings will be great :lol:

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Re: Vuelta 2016

Postby RonK » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:43 am

Quintana has a good buffer but I'm not convinced it's enough to hold Froome off in a long ITT.

His past performances against Froome in the ITT are not very convincing.

According to CQ Rankings, his performance against Froome in the ITT are not very convincing.

Sky was soundly beaten tactically last night, it was not as if Froome blew up.

And there are still several hard stages with mountain top finishes before the ITT.
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Re: Vuelta 2016

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