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VUELTA Stage 1 *Spoiler*

frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
edited August 2009 in Pro race
Not much to talk about in a 4.8km TT but...

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It kicks off at 2.30pm (UK time)

Weather: 16 degrees celcius, 20-25km/h winds, partly cloudy.

My money is on Cancellara or Grabsch.

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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    I can't find any info on it, but I think there was an amateur event this morning on the ciruict. Something like 11,000 entrants although this sounds very high.
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Too short for Grabsch. He only ever does well on dead flat, dead straight, 50 km races along a motorway.

    No-one will beat Cancellara, but maybe some of the sprinters will get close - Boonen or Farrar could get top 5s. Valverde too.
  • Sporza is on tv, now.
    Jeez what appallingly wet conditions.
    Carlos Barredo crashes on the start ramp, so they have now covered it.
    Millar has almost come down on 3 corners, then had the Lampre team car blocking his exit line, on a corner.
    Just getting around unscathed, is going to be an achievement.
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Kreuziger the fastest so far... in sunny weather. It's absolutely chucking it down now. Kreuziger could be first leader.

    No widescreen?!
  • CumulonimbusCumulonimbus Posts: 1,730
    Ah, shame to hear about the weather :( By the looks of the weather they've been really unlucky and copped the heaviest shower in the Netherlands, hopefully the rest of the prologue will be drier

    http://www.knmi.nl/

    Was going to say that it would be interesting to see how Rabon gets on after his prologue win in the Giro de Romandie this year but his mark doesnt seem to have lasted for long

    http://www.roadcycling.com/articles/Rab ... 2721.shtml
  • donrhummydonrhummy Posts: 2,329
    The weather could really hurt cancellara's chances. And It's certainly not going to help Andy for the overall, but that's why it'ss good it's so short. It's kind of weird that they chose such a short course for a prologue. 5 minutes of riding is weird.
  • The course is drying out.
    Japanese anyone?
    http://www.justin.tv/zuraccer014

    Brit Eurosport are showing the whole of tomorrow's stage, live, according to Harmon. :)
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    It's stopped raining now, but the course still looks quite wet. Cancellara still has a chance, I think. It's drying out.

    David Harmon said there are 30,000 fans there. It's a shame we can't see them.

    Cycling on a motor racing track is weird. They aren't the prettiest of places, are they?
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Brit Eurosport are showing the whole of tomorrow's stage, live, according to Harmon. :)

    I heard that, but the schedules disagree :? From 3pm wherever I look.

    Oh, he just said it again.
  • drewfromriscadrewfromrisca Posts: 1,165
    Could mean it's on the HD channel?
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Could mean it's on the HD channel?

    My Sky planner says Eurosport HD has no live Vuelta at all tomorrow. Showjumping instead.
  • calvjonescalvjones Posts: 3,850
    All day on international?
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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    The HD channel is just ES international when its not a HD transmission
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  • Joe86Joe86 Posts: 180
    The event isn't broadcast in HD from what I know. The picture quality of the SD feed isn't even that good. They are also broadcasting in that stupid pillarbox mode, in which a 4:3 picture is boxed into 16:9. God knows why they don't just broadcast at 4:3 instead. BBC were notorious for this too :D

    But all that aside, live coverage = :)
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Joe86 wrote:
    The event isn't broadcast in HD from what I know. The picture quality of the SD feed isn't even that good. They are also broadcasting in that stupid pillarbox mode, in which a 4:3 picture is boxed into 16:9. God knows why they don't just broadcast at 4:3 instead. BBC were notorious for this too :D

    But all that aside, live coverage = :)

    Surely that's the proper way to broadcast a 4:3 feed... otherwise you'd get a distorted picture and the quality would be even worse.

    No-one's getting close to Roman K yet.
  • scwxx77scwxx77 Posts: 1,469
    It's on TVE again. Picture is a bit bigger but the quality is reduced.
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Bennati the new fastest. Liquigas 1-2-3 atm...
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Harmon still thinks ES are showing the whole stage, starting at 3pm... someone should tell him it starts at 11.39am.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    New leader again... Jens Mouris. No, I have no idea either.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Hard luck Jens Mouris. Not even 15 minutes of fame... Boonen new leader by 5 seconds..
  • donrhummydonrhummy Posts: 2,329
    where the heck did that come from? Boonen just kicked everyone's butt!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,221
    edited August 2009
    afx237vi wrote:
    Brit Eurosport are showing the whole of tomorrow's stage, live, according to Harmon. :)

    I heard that, but the schedules disagree :? From 3pm wherever I look.

    Oh, he just said it again.
    Now he's gone back to saying 3pm.
    NOS Ned 1 are on air throughout.
    Somebody mail the man.
    I can't. We are not on speaking terms anymore. :oops:

    Boonan heh? Give that man a coke. :wink:
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  • cameronecamerone Posts: 1,232
    donrhummy wrote:
    where the heck did that come from? Boonen just kicked everyone's butt!

    his dealer has started stocking peds as well as charlie?
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    donrhummy wrote:
    where the heck did that come from? Boonen just kicked everyone's butt!

    Not that surprising. Sprinters do good prologues... Farrar is 2nd too. See post 3 in this thread :wink:

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  • donrhummydonrhummy Posts: 2,329
    Fabian's form is a thing of beauty.
  • cameronecamerone Posts: 1,232
    so is his time!
  • cameronecamerone Posts: 1,232
    so is his time!
  • Well done afx, close with Valverde as well!
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Well done afx, close with Valverde as well!

    Fluke :shock:
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Liquigas the team to beat. 4 out of the top 10 are rocking the green. And they've got good mountain helpers along.

    Boonen's ride not surprising - He's good at this kind of distance. Hopefully he's got some sprinting legs on too.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
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