La Vuelta 2021 - Stage 5: it's really flat, who cares? **Spoilers**

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"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
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561
    Poor vuelta . Deserves better coverage
    "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
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,096
    edited August 2021
    Poor stage, deserves some hills. Poor Blazing, does his best for us providing stage threads and then we go to pieces while he's away

    Edit: Blazing's late posted thread starter, for archive

    Stage 5: Tarancón > Albacete, 184,4 km

    18-08-2021
    Start time: 12-13pm


    Here we go again, with the third road stage out of four so far, without a categorised climb: this one being possibly the flattest. Continuing the Vuelta’s southerly trajectory, this one covering 184.4km between Tarancón, which is another unprecedented start and Albacete, which last hosted a stage finish in 2014.



    The route runs in southeasterly direction and moves through Belmonte – famous for its Castle – and the small industrial town of La Roda. No mountains, but long and straight and exposed roads through the sunbaked Spanish interior on the way to Albacete.



    Albacete and La Vuelta share a long history. The race started and finished 21 times in the largest city of Castilla–La Mancha. The last time was in 2014, when Nacer Bouhanni outsprinted Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan. The final five kilometres into the finish are pan-flat, increasing the likelihood of a frenetic battle among the race’s sprinters.



    However, (fingers crossed) the wind could once again be a factor. Echelons are frequently a feature of the racing in this region, and there will be no shortage of teams hoping to take advantage of the opportunity to split the race apart does arise. Early indications are that crosswinds are likely to effect these early stages.

    Favourites 5th stage 2021 Vuelta a España

    *** Fabio Jakobsen, Jasper Philipsen, Arnaud Démare
    ** Matteo Trentin, Michael Matthews, Alberto Dainese
    * Alex Aranburu, Sebastián Molano, Clément Venturini, Riccardo Minali, Jon Aberasturi, Juan José Lobato

    Tarancón

    Unprecedented departure
    15.271 inhabitants
    Tarancón is a municipality of Spain located in the province of Cuenca, Castilla–La Mancha. The repopulation presumably dates back to the late 12th to early 13th century. Throughout the rest of the middle ages, Tarancón was a hamlet belonging to the land of Uclés, a dominion of the Order of Santiago after 1174. Uclés was granted township status in 1537. It was granted the title of 'city' (ciudad) in 1921.



    Albacete

    21 stages of La Vuelta have had finales in Albacete.
    173.329 inhabitants
    Albacete’s Passage of Lodares, a commercial gallery that is a symbol of modernity in Castilla la Mancha’s most populated city, will soon celebrate 100 years since its creation.



    However, during the 21 La Vuelta stage arrivals held in Albacete over the years, other avenues have witnessed the victories of sprinters from all generations, including Rik Van Steenbergen, Domingo Perurena, Sean Kelly, Erik Zabel and, more recently, Nacer Bouhanni in 2014.

    Castilla la Mancha Gastronomy

    Located almost in the centre of mainland Spain, Castilla la Mancha and its cuisine is a very appreciated discovery for the traveller. The cuisine of this region is comprised of a great variety of traditional, hearty yet simple dishes which are prepared using elementary ingredients such as bread, meat, vegetables and accompanied by a wide range of wine, sheep's cheese and desserts, transporting the diner back to the era of Don Quixote and his faithful Sancho.



    Pisto Manchego

    The classic Pisto of La Mancha (Spanish ratatouille) is beloved across Spain.



    Manchego cheese, one of the better-known products of the region.



    Manchego cuisine (Manchegan cuisine or Castilian-Manchego cuisine) refers to the typical dishes and ingredients in the cuisine of the Castilla–La Mancha region of Spain. These include pisto (a vegetable stew with tomato sauce), gazpacho manchego, Manchego (a type of cheese), the white wine of La Mancha, and the red wine from Valdepeñas (DO).




















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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561
    I don't know how to post profiles and stuff ... Just came out broken if I linked
    "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: 16,561
    edited August 2021




    "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
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 25,982

  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561


    "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: 16,561
    That is sh1t ...doing this on a phone is no fun
    "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: 16,561
    Cross winds ?
    "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: 16,561

    Poor stage, deserves some hills. Poor Blazing, does his best for us providing stage threads and then we go to pieces while he's away

    It's embarrassing
    "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
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,267
    Might get some work done as there will be nothing worth watching till 16:00 or thereabouts...Unless this thread informs me otherwise.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 25,982
    I'm not going to be any help. 7 minute gap for the break, 116km to go, flat road going on for ever, I can think of other things to do.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561

    I'm not going to be any help. 7 minute gap for the break, 116km to go, flat road going on for ever, I can think of other things to do.

    See you at 4,pm plus
    "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: 16,561
    Break waving to the cameras is like the scene from Apollo 13 when they think they are broadcasting to the world but no one is watching .
    "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: 16,561
    Only 72 k to go
    "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
  • 51k to go. Nothing to report.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    how many km to go now?
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,267
    16:15 - 21kms to go.
    Lone break has 1:41. Poor fellow.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • johnboy183
    johnboy183 Posts: 832
    20km to go. One rider left from caja rural 90 seconds lead
  • johnboy183
    johnboy183 Posts: 832
    Possible KLAKON alert! DQS and FDJ and UAE starting to drill it
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    A lot of "washing machine" peloton movement, given how wide the road is.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    Huge crash at 11.6km to go.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    Quite far up near the front, a lot of riders down. Taarame, Kruiswijk and dozens of others.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,267
    Crash!
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,267
    11.4 kms to go. Panic.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    edited August 2021
    Nieve in a bad way. Bardet too
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    Remaining peloton who avoided the crash are pushing on.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    OK now they're waiting.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561
    Big crash
    "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
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,659
    Little titbit, do note that the shorts of DSM rarely tear due to some technology to help reduce road rash.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,561
    Gentlemen
    "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