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Vuelta Stage 1 *spoiler*

DaveyLDaveyL Posts: 5,167
edited August 2008 in Pro race
1 Liquigas 8.21
2 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0.08
3 Caisse d'Epargne 0.09
4 Quick Step 0.10
5 CSC-Saxo Bank 0.11
6 Tinkoff Credit Systems 0.12
7 Rabobank 0.13
8 Astana 0.14
9 Team Milram 0.15
10 Gerolsteiner 0.18
11 Lampre 0.19
12 Silence-Lotto 0.20
13 Cofidis
14 AG2R La Mondiale
15 Xacobeo-Galicia 0.21
16 Crédit Agricole 0.23
17 Française des Jeux 0.27
18 Bouygues Telecom 0.28
19 Andalucía-Cajasur 0.32

A pan flat 7 km TTT and Euskaltel come second? :shock:
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  • Let's just wait for the test results. :P
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Astana had a nightmare. They were down to five riders after about 2km.

    Very technical course though.
  • ArkibalArkibal Posts: 850
    afx237vi wrote:
    Astana had a nightmare. They were down to five riders after about 2km.

    Very technical course though.

    Huh?
    They lost 5 secs to Valverde, 3 secs to Sastre, hardly a nightmare. Had they crashed, then I'd agree with you......

    They didn't look very smooth during the last part of the TTT, but saying it was a nightmare is ridiculous. But definetly not their best TTT, that's for sure.

    Euscadi second in a TTT??? Never saw that coming...
  • I see someones' already forgotten the other 19 teams. :roll:

    However, on this occasion, I find myself in agreement with Astana's number one fan.

    I wouldn't read too much into the first 7 kms of a 3500km race. If you want a pointer to CSC's challenge, maybe yesterday's Tour of Germany result, might be the place to start.
    Top rider finished 52nd and defending champ, Jens Voight was over 8 minutes down.

    Brajckovic went well, on yesterday's big German climb, having been dropped early.

    A number of potential contenders will have left their best form, far behind, on those Tour climbs.

    IMO, this will be an Astana cake walk, come the mountains.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • DaveyLDaveyL Posts: 5,167
    Sorry, you're right. I ought to state for the record - yes, there are teams other than Euskaltel taking part.

    :D
    Le Blaireau (1)
  • DaveyL wrote:
    Sorry, you're right. I ought to state for the record - yes, there are teams other than Euskaltel taking part.

    :D

    Who? :shock:
    Touche, as they say. Hope nobody mis-reads this as touchy. :wink:

    Supposed to be a tough circuit finish today. Possibly a bit too much for Boonan and Bennati.
    One for the classics/WC hopefuls, such as the Cricket, Piti, or maybe even the gold jersey......
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • victorponfvictorponf Posts: 1,187
    12. Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone, a 20
    13. Ag2r - La Mondiale, a 20
    16. Credit Agricole, a 23
    17. Française Des Jeux, a 27
    18. Bouygues Telecom, a 28

    :shock: French´s teams impressive performance! I hope Protour finish soon...
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  • DaveyLDaveyL Posts: 5,167
    According to http://cyclingfansanonymous.blogspot.com

    "The weird results of the TTT in the first Vuelta stage seem to be due to numerous teams purposefully taking it slow in order to avoid a crash on the perilous course, which caused a number of unfortunate riders to visit the pavement."
    Le Blaireau (1)
  • DaveyLDaveyL Posts: 5,167
    Or the French teams might be afraid of winning, being tested, and being found to have censored all in their systems - surely a big no-no in the Wild West of doping?
    Le Blaireau (1)
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