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Itzulia Basque Country 2021 ***Spoilers***

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Already finished.
    Current standings: 1) Roglic 17:17, 2)Bevin 17:45.
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  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,752
    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 2021:

    Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Mauri Vansevenant, Simon Carr, Pavel Sivakov, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Benoit Cosnefroy, Romain Bardet
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    I am sorry to inform folks it’s Kirby again
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    The final climb does look strange on tt bikes.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,775
    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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,775
    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    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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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,775
    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    I know Cosnefroy is coming back from injury but that was woeful.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    As opening TTs go, that was OK.

    Roglic wins, pogacar needs to beat him on the road.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,194
    Vingegaard in 3rd, but won't get into the Vikings thread with that anymore... ;)
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579

    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Tomorrow's stage:



    The final climb:



    The kick up at the end is 800 metres at 7.4%
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,839
    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
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579

    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.


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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    Is that the symphony for 100 metronomes?

    Anyway, it's cold and wet in Pais Vasco today. Could make it more unpredictable.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    edited 6 April
    "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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Well, boring it ain't.
    Full GC scrap thanks to the Tour champ's fearless attacking.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Apparently McNulty has committed the April 1st DQS offence.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    Great attack by Aranburu
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Don't forget "there's more Rock 'n Roll tomorrow." :s
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619

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

    It's a brute - splash it all over.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,579
    Tomorrow's fare comes straight out of La Vuelta's playbook:



    The final climb:




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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,132

    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
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    All together going to the somewhat steep final climb - I'm not convinced it's ideal for Roglic, but going to be some gaps.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,619
    Looked like it should have been a good chance for Woods, but he fell off.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,026
    Some bottles thrown by the front 4?
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 3,519
    Brutal gradients in the hairpins.
    Pogacar has been looking smooth.
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