La Vuelta 2023: Stage 10:- Valladolid to Valladolid, 25.8km ITT ***Spoilers***

Stage 10:- Valladolid to Valladolid, 25.8km ITT

September 5th.
Start Time: 13-00BST.

Coming after the first rest day and at a critical halfway point in La Vuelta, the individual time trial from Valladolid to Valladolid promises to be a decisive stage in the 2023 race.
The 25.8 kilometres long route features a 600 metres climb at 6.5% and the rest is as flat as it gets, so is likely to favour the TT specialists more than GC contenders. It's just a coincidence that this GT, they are one and the same.



Starting in the city centre of Valladolid, with the start podium is situated at the foot of the Puente Mayor, which is bridging the Pisuerga river and finishing in the pleasant public park of Campo Grande, the race is likely to draw big crowds. While the first part of the route features a number of corners, the section towards Pinar de Antequera is fairly straightforward.



Final Kms.

The last 3Kms are almost dead straight, with no obstacles to prevent the specialists putting their full power down.





What to Expect.

Not so much a time trial as a GC battle, since almost all the best climbers are also the best against the clock. Of course, there is a notable Italian who might beg to differ.

Valladolid

34 La Vuelta stage departures
297,775 inhabitants

Valladolid is a city in northwest Spain. The city is located roughly in the centre of the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula's Meseta Central, at the confluence of the Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers 15 km before they join the Duero, surrounded by winegrowing areas. It’s known for medieval religious sites like the Spanish Gothic San Pablo Church, with a history dating from the 1400s, on San Pablo Plaza. Nearby is the Royal Palace, home of Spanish kings in the early 1600s. The National Sculpture Museum occupies a Gothic building. The Christopher Columbus Museum chronicles the life of the Italian explorer, who died in Valladolid in 1506.



Pichones estofados

Pichones estofados is a traditional Spanish stew originating from Valladolid. The stew is usually made with a combination of pigeons, onions, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, bay leaves, white wine, stock, thyme, salt, and pepper. The pigeons are cleaned and browned in olive oil.
The onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and pepper are added to the pan and sautéed until the onions become translucent. The tomatoes and wine are then added to the pan and once the alcohol evaporates, the mixture is covered with stock and seasoned with salt.



Rosquillas

Rosquillas are traditional Spanish deep-fried donuts, characterized by their fluffy texture and a hole in the middle. They are typically prepared during the Holy Week festivities. Although there are many varieties of rosquillas, the classic ones are prepared with a combination of eggs, sugar, milk, oil, lemon zest, flour, baking powder, and anisette, which imparts a unique flavor to these tasty donuts.



Lechazo

Lechazo is a Spanish dish consisting of a roasted suckling lamb. In order for the lamb to classify as lechazo, it must weigh between 5 and 7 kg and its age cannot be more than 20 to 30 days. The lamb must be fed only on its mother's milk, hence the name lechazo, derived from the word leche, meaning milk.




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  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 21,151
    What is Kuss's expected time loss tomorrow? 2.5 - 3 mins?
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 18,273
    After extensive analysis I think Remco Evenopol is going to win this stage
    "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
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,168

    What is Kuss's expected time loss tomorrow? 2.5 - 3 mins?

    No one really knows as he's never had to do a full on TT effort in a GT before.
  • He rolled in 1:20 behind Remco over 14km in Tirreno Adriatico last year when (I assume) not really trying, so 2:30 seems possible. I think it will be close for red by the end of tomorrow.
  • I just had a quick check. He's only made the top 10 in two TTs and both were up a whopping big hill.
    He's never made the top 20 in a standard type TT. On the plus side, he usually manages around position 40-50 these days, which is half what his ranking in his early seasons.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 21,151
    JV could easily end up in a situation where they can pick the winner. Evenepoel is not going to out climb Kuss, so if they are vaguely close Kuss could win. Except that Vingegaard could win whenever he fancies and Roglic might be to pip him too if he tries. So what will JV do?

    My thinking is that Vingegaard will only bother if Evenepoel looks like he will beat the other two. Roglic will also probably let Kuss win given the choice.

    Perhaps they will give Kuss the chance to attack on a big mountain stage and see what happens.

  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 21,151
    It all sort of reminds me of when Carapaz won. If you give a decent climber a head start, don't be surprised when they are hard to catch.
  • I'm fascinated to see how they can fuck up a TT on a sunny day.
  • drhaggis
    drhaggis Posts: 1,150

    I'm fascinated to see how they can censored up a TT on a sunny day.

    Well, the trasnfer was already fucked up, so I guess that's at least 0.5 points!
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,333
    edited September 2023
    Bisegger the early pace setter, going to come home with an average over 53kmh. Last sector seriously quick.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 18,273

    What is Kuss's expected time loss tomorrow? 2.5 - 3 mins?

    I reckon he will lose than 2 mins
    "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: 18,273
    Ganna going like a locomotive
    "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
  • Ganna passing his minute man after less than 7 minutes.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,294
    Ganna 33 seconds faster than Bissegger at the first time check.
  • Ganna passing his minute man after less than 7 minutes.

    And his two minute man in under 14 minutes.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 18,273
    56 kmh
    "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
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,294
    Ganna 1:19 up at the finish. 56 km/h average.
  • That's pretty swift.
  • Ayuso's TT position looks good.
  • Not surprising that Kirby’s recollection of Mas finishing 4th in a tour ITT is complete nonsense.
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  • Vingegaard is lacking a few of his TDF watts.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Ah there they are. Kuss has borrowed them.

    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,608
    Director missed both of Remco's splits. WTF.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 18,273
    Quite tight
    "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: 18,273
    Kuss just about a min to remco
    "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
  • Super ride from Kuss there. Good to see him actually try.
  • Ganna, Remco, Rog.

    Kuss still in red.
  • If Roglic is to win this, Kuss is going to have to throw the race.
    Nowhere near enough TT kms for the amount of climbing to make much difference in the overall of this Vuelta.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,608

    If Roglic is to win this, Kuss is going to have to throw the race.
    Nowhere near enough TT kms for the amount of climbing to make much difference in the overall of this Vuelta.

    The story around Kuss was always he had the talent but not the head, so we'll see if the head holds strong.