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Stage 3 Vuelta *Spoiler*

FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
edited August 2011 in Pro race
54 km to go, the breakaway with more than 6 minutes, and Rabobank and Liquigas who have done the work give up the chase. No sprint today?

Chavanel, Pydgorny, Lastras and Irizar in the break, all 4 could do something on that last hill

Dry empty landcapes but for a change no big main roads but fairly narrow windy ones
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Wiggo weren't kidding about riding towards the front, was he?
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    Typical Vuelta stage, dry, hot and dusty - love it :D
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Cav dropped.

    Edit: 10,000 posts :shock:
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,776 Lives Here
    Who's looking good?

    Are Rabo going for LLS or (hero) Freire?
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    afx237vi wrote:
    Cav dropped.

    Edit: 10,000 posts :shock:

    :shock: Congrats :wink:


    That was a pretty minor climb to be dropped on...
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Kittel dropped. Another 3rd cat to come, and if it's the same as this one it'll be a very small group at the finish.
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Who's looking good?

    Are Rabo going for LLS or (hero) Freire?

    LLS apparently is from the area and says the last descent is very tricky and dangerous - will be interesting.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Crash. Trofimov and Le Mevel both go down. Both look alright.
  • afx237vi wrote:
    Crash. Trofimov and Le Mevel both go down. Both look alright.

    Trofimov was doing a Schleck.
    Cav's laughing group is big, considering it formed on a 3rd cat.

    Break to stick.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
    afx237vi wrote:
    Crash. Trofimov and Le Mevel both go down. Both look alright.
    Trofimov doing an Andy Schleck caused that :wink:
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
    afx237vi wrote:
    Crash. Trofimov and Le Mevel both go down. Both look alright.
    Trofimov was doing a Schleck..
    Great minds eh!!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,776 Lives Here
    Got it up now (boss is on paternity).

    Doesn't look like the peloton is really smashing it at all.

    No sight of rabo.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,776 Lives Here
    Of the break, who are people thinking?

    Chavanel or Lastras?
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Lastras @ 14"
    Chavanel @ 15"
    Irizar @ 49"
    Pydgornyy @ 1'05"

    ...but Chava just took a bonus sprint.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,776 Lives Here
    afx237vi wrote:
    Lastras @ 14"
    Chavanel @ 15"
    Irizar @ 49"
    Pydgornyy @ 1'05"

    ...but Chava just took a bonus sprint.

    (not for red, for the stage. :P)
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    afx237vi wrote:
    Lastras @ 14"
    Chavanel @ 15"
    Irizar @ 49"
    Pydgornyy @ 1'05"

    ...but Chava just took a bonus sprint.

    (not for red, for the stage. :P)

    Chavanel must be favourite for both.
  • "Trofimov was doing a Schleck. "

    Great quote. I can see that becoming a regular saying in group rides and club runs.

    IThe heat in the last few days here on the Costa Blanca is baking hot. Sit in a sauna and get someone to put a hot hair dryer in your face for a comparable feeling of riding a bike in the afternoon. It sucks the moisture out of your mouth. I've lived here for 6 years and will rarely ride in the afternoon in August. Out by 8.00am and back in the pool by 11. :D
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Devolder... hah... ouch.
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    That's a striking image of where Devolder's career is going now - standing still and absolutely grinding it up that climb like a sportive rider out of his depth.

    Just a week ago he said in an interview he had big ambitions for the Vuelta and had prepared himself intensively
  • Tom BBTom BB Posts: 1,001
    :shock: That was quite tough for a 3rd Cat climb!
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Lastras alone in the descent, but no idea what his advantage on the other 3 is... come on helicopter stop filiming the rear of the peloton
  • Tom BBTom BB Posts: 1,001
    Harmon reckons 15 seconds......graphics just said 26 seconds
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    LLS rides away from the peloton for no real reason - he'll be pissed off Rabobank couldn't close the gap today - he clearly had big plans finishing in his home region
  • Tom BBTom BB Posts: 1,001
    Lastras......good ride that-plenty of messing around by the rest of the breakaway though, which really helped him.
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    Well deserved Lastras, good win :D
  • Tom BBTom BB Posts: 1,001
    Roche takes the bunch kick.....about 30-40 riders in that group.....that last climb blew it apart!
  • Tom BB wrote:
    Roche takes the bunch kick.....about 30-40 riders in that group.....that last climb blew it apart!

    Some GC boys will have lost time.
    Don't know if Kruijswijk counts, but he came home in group 2.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Tom BB wrote:
    Roche takes the bunch kick.....about 30-40 riders in that group.....that last climb blew it apart!

    Some GC boys will have lost time.
    Don't know if Kruijswijk counts, but he came home in group 2.

    And Menchov....
  • FJS wrote:
    Tom BB wrote:
    Roche takes the bunch kick.....about 30-40 riders in that group.....that last climb blew it apart!

    Some GC boys will have lost time.
    Don't know if Kruijswijk counts, but he came home in group 2.

    And Menchov....


    ........Dennis and Vino's mate both lose 1-23" to the rest.
    That makes Cobo and Kessiakoff team leaders.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,776 Lives Here
    FJS wrote:
    That's a striking image of where Devolder's career is going now - standing still and absolutely grinding it up that climb like a sportive rider out of his depth.

    Just a week ago he said in an interview he had big ambitions for the Vuelta and had prepared himself intensively

    He only won (twice) because of Boonen.
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