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Vuelta Stage 8 **Spoilers**

RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
edited August 2016 in Pro race
So today we have probably the most back-loaded stage in the history of Grand Tours

170km of pan flat riding followed by 20% mania:

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Look at that nonsense. It's designed by a mad man.
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  • Absolutely daft stage design.
    Guarantees nothing will happen until the final, mad dash to be first at the bottom of the wall, followed by 15 minutes of grinding attrition, ending in last man standing.
    Yuk.
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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,774
    One of these days they'll realise these ridiculously steep roads don't always produce exciting racing as everyone just ends up grinding it out.

    I like admire the stupidity of the whole enterprise though. It's kind of like Iron Maiden back in the day - How would they top the last stage show.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,115
    25% at 4k...

    Least we know when to tune in today...
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    They have over a six minute lead after 46kms.
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  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    I don't see any harm in putting a stage in like this midway through. Wouldn't want it near the end though.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,497
    Is it any different than a typical Vetoux stage? Bit steeper obviously.
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,299
    Might surprise us with a bit of a battle for the stage win between riders trying to hang on from the break and the GC group or maybe a team will make it hard from the start to knacker their rivals before the climb. I won't hold my breath though!
  • Knocking off the kms at a better rate due to a bigger break, thank goodness.
    A lead of 7'-45" probably not enough, yet.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
    Overnight Contador has had his leg rebuilt by Tony Stark

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  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
    Ha!

    I can't see the poor bloke start tomorrow. The cycling Gods need to give the guy a break.

    His bike looks robotic cool.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    The break has 10 minutes now.

    I tuned in too early with 25k to go.

    Loving Contador's Transformer's leg.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    Did Flecha just call the climb a 'goaty' road?
    Correlation is not causation.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Did Flecha just call the climb a 'goaty' road?

    Yes. As in 'goat track', I guess.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    The_Boy wrote:
    Did Flecha just call the climb a 'goaty' road?

    Yes. As in 'goat track', I guess.

    That's what I thought I just wanted to check I wasn't going a bit mad.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • dabberdabber Posts: 1,573
    The police seem to be controlling things well... makes a nice change.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
    Movistar going big early. Froome 'dropped''
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
    GC guys playing it cool. Fairly relaxed. Contador going OK
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
    Froome attacks. Quintana counters.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    I'm tired just watching this.

    Teeny Tana drops Froome. Bertie going backwards.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,532
    Contador's miracle surgery clearly didn't add enough bionics
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,955
    About 15s for Quintana
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  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,532
    edited August 2016
    Quintana riding into red
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    edited August 2016
    Teeny Tana pedaling sqaures.

    Contador engages Stark mode. They've hidden a motor in his new leg.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,532
    I spoke too soon. Contador just took a while to find the right switch
  • JSCLJSCL Posts: 1,259
    Good finish for Contador that.

    I think it's fair to expect that Nairo would put time in to the other GC guys on this type of steep climb. But I'd have expected him to put more than that in...
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,115
    That was a dust up at the end. Surprised Contador brought that back!
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,299
    Froome ballsed that one up. Unusual for him to push himself into the red like that without gaining on his rivals. Quintana looking very strong and a miraculous comeback from the bionic man with his multiple compound fractures.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    Pross wrote:
    Froome ballsed that one up. Unusual for him to push himself into the red like that without gaining on his rivals. Quintana looking very strong and a miraculous comeback from the bionic man with his multiple compound fractures.

    He's probably off his face on painkillers.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,299
    Froome loses 33s to Quintana and 8s to Contador.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,497
    1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 29:55:54
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:27
    4 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:00:57
    5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:01:16
    6 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:01:39
    7 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:44
    8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:46
    9 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
    10 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange
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