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Vuelta stage 2 *spoiler*

afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
edited August 2009 in Pro race
How flat can you get?

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Today's stage rendered in ASCII art:-

Assen |
| Emmen

Could be a pretty routine sprint stage, but there is apparently a section of cobbles near the finish and there is the possibility of rain.

Five men are currently in the breakaway - Fran Perez, Tom Leezer, David Garcia, Liuewe Westra and Dominik Roels. According to the official tickers they have almost 7 minutes with 104 km to go. Leezer is the first KOM leader, after conquering the first enormous climb of the year... a whopping 20 metres above sea level.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    I'm going for Bennati or Boonen.

    Just seen some photos from the Vuelta Colombia and it looks amazing. Nothing better than seeing a hufe amount of Colombians fighting it out on the hills:
    Reuters
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    Nice jersey and it is good he has ditched the ugly Oakley jawbones.
    Ap Photos
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    Example of conditions yesterday
    Ap Photos
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    edited August 2009
    In other news, Pozzato wins the Giro Del Veneto in his customary style:
    Bettini Photo
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    With his eye on the Worlds.

    Vino still has the legs...looking a little odd in Astana kit.
    Sirotti
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Glad to see Pippo has ditched that horrendous jersey he was wearing at the Tour.

    Live pictures now on Eurosport. Looks quite sunny. The cobbled section is apparently 1,500 metres long and comes 28 km from the finish.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    64km to go - the five have 4mins and two QS on the front.

    Westra's father died last week so he probably has some serious motivation.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    44km, 1.56mins.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Westra's fathers death is the reason for the black armbands on VS riders.

    Gap down to 30secsonds. The peloton are hammering it.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    20s, 12s, 8s time bonuses for the top three so Cancellara could lose his jersey.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    edited August 2009
    Crash - ORTEGA. 2nd time today!

    8% is the cut-off point. He needs to get back into the peloton sharpish.

    A big bunch of riders taking a 'short-cut' through a bike path...yet it looks like it doesn't actually joine back on.
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  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    edited August 2009
    A pity they scrapped the great cobbles they have in that part of Holland, initially they were part of the route for the stage to Emmen:
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    http://www.rondevandrenthe.nl/
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    ?!?

    A bit of off roading there!!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Boonen in gold at the end of the stage?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Oooh eck!
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    HUGE CRASH
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Welcome to Holland. There are baffled Spaniards everywhere you look.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Cobbles section now - would have been scrapped if it was poor weather.
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  • Contentopolis-Ampo + Andalucia + Euskaltel + Xacobeo Galicia + Dutch cobbles and street furniture = The funniest thing you have EVER seen!
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Another Andalucia rider bites the dust. "Pleeeeeeeeeeeease can we go back to Spain now???"
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Broken stem for #29.

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    Farrar is based in Belgium by the way.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Dan Martin finished 47seconds back yesterday...
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Bozic with a chance today? He's my outsider tip.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Annnnnnnd, another Andalucia rider in trouble. Javier Ramirez, just the second crash of the day for him.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Cancellara to do a 2007 TdF Stage 3...
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Good finish!
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    BENNNNNNNNNNNNNA
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Ciolek. Nice.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Farrar fubar...
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    AAAARRRGGGGHHHHH
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    :shock: :o:o

    Hammond 3rd!
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Farrar fubar...

    Can't cope when a big leadout train gets on the front. Gets pushed out of position too easily I reckon. You could see him in the final km sprinting just to get on Dean's wheel.

    All his wins in Eneco were really messy with no trains.

    Sabatini in 2nd?!
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    edited August 2009
    Only the 2nd win in 2009 for Ciolek. His other win was Trofeo Calvia.

    And what rubbish is that - it wasn't even Bennati in second. Very disappointing.
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