Itzulia Basque Country 2021 ***Spoilers***

Coverage of the ITT starts at 2-30pm, so before anybody complains about threads.....



Roglic going off as early as 10th rider, Pogacar last man off the ramp.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Already finished.
    Current standings: 1) Roglic 17:17, 2)Bevin 17:45.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,103
    The graphic at PCS showing where all the riders currently are on the course is weirdly hypnotic.

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/itzulia-basque-country/2021/stage-1/today/livestats
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    I am sorry to inform folks it’s Kirby again
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    The final climb does look strange on tt bikes.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,426
    The big 2 show down
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,426
    DeadCalm said:

    The graphic at PCS showing where all the riders currently are on the course is weirdly hypnotic.

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/itzulia-basque-country/2021/stage-1/today/livestats

    That's pretty kewl
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Kirby questioning Lutsenko’s form, with him having finished 2nd at GP Miguel Indurain on Saturday.
    Basic homework eaten by the dog again.....

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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,426
    Come on Tao
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    I know Cosnefroy is coming back from injury but that was woeful.
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    As opening TTs go, that was OK.

    Roglic wins, pogacar needs to beat him on the road.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,458
    Vingegaard in 3rd, but won't get into the Vikings thread with that anymore... ;)
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922

    Vingegaard in 3rd, but won't get into the Vikings thread with that anymore... ;)

    Made it into my Velogames team though. ;)
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Tomorrow's stage:



    The final climb:



    The kick up at the end is 800 metres at 7.4%
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  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    I find that the presence of Roglic removes any enthusiasm I would otherwise have for a race.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    gsk82 said:

    I find that the presence of Roglic removes any enthusiasm I would otherwise have for a race.

    Especially with a finish like today.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922

    gsk82 said:

    I find that the presence of Roglic removes any enthusiasm I would otherwise have for a race.

    Especially with a finish like today.
    I know what might restore your enthusiasm.


    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    Is that the symphony for 100 metronomes?

    Anyway, it's cold and wet in Pais Vasco today. Could make it more unpredictable.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    edited April 2021
    "Well I don't think Iturria is going to take the intermediate sprint from that position at the back of the group"
    "He just won it, Carlton." :D
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Ben Swift dropped rather early on the last climb as Movistar turn up the heat.

    "The chasing group are embedded". (That's the entire peloton)

    Carapaz crashes going uphill as Pogacar goes.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Well, boring it ain't.
    Full GC scrap thanks to the Tour champ's fearless attacking.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Apparently McNulty has committed the April 1st DQS offence.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    Great attack by Aranburu
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Don't forget "there's more Rock 'n Roll tomorrow." :s
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509

    Don't forget "there's more Rock 'n Roll tomorrow." :s

    It's a brute - splash it all over.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,922
    Tomorrow's fare comes straight out of La Vuelta's playbook:



    The final climb:




    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,358

    gsk82 said:

    I find that the presence of Roglic removes any enthusiasm I would otherwise have for a race.

    Especially with a finish like today.
    I know what might restore your enthusiasm.


    Is that the symphony for 100 metronomes?

    Anyway, it's cold and wet in Pais Vasco today. Could make it more unpredictable.

    It's breakfast for Betancur. 😜
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    All together going to the somewhat steep final climb - I'm not convinced it's ideal for Roglic, but going to be some gaps.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,509
    Looked like it should have been a good chance for Woods, but he fell off.
  • jam1e
    jam1e Posts: 1,068
    Some bottles thrown by the front 4?
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,006
    Brutal gradients in the hairpins.
    Pogacar has been looking smooth.