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Vuelta Stage 12 *spoilers*

yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,245
edited September 2016 in Pro race
So, today brings a tough up and down day. Will Tinkoff ride pointlessly on the front for most of the race? Will Sky start to show themselves as they have traditionally done, or are they still using their new secret book of tactics?

Interesting that Movistar, Sky and Orica all have 2 riders in the top ten.

Eurosport coverage proper about to start 90km down, 7 riders have a lead of 2 minutes (little Pete in those 7), Movistar on the front trying to bring the break back.
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  • Atapuma was in the break, lost his front wheel on descent of cat 3. He's now in no man's land between break and peloton. Time gap now 2:30
  • Break - all riders in the break are under 8 minutes of the lead. Carlton has just rattled through them, sure he said Lopez (Sky) in the break too.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Kennaugh is having quite the Vuelta!

    Well played by Sky getting 2 in the break - Lopez is there too. Rest of the escapees are Elissonde, Romain Hardy, Meintjes, Atapuma and Brambilla. So some pretty big names.

    Apparently Atapuma's just had a crash though (sounds fairly minor from the CN livetracker.
  • Peter Kennaugh and David Lopez (Team Sky), Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick Step), Louis Meintjes (Lampre - Merida) and Romain Hardy (Cofidis) are in the break. Gap now 1:16
  • Movistar have slowed, gap hovering at about 2 mins. Atapuma back in the peloton. That previous time gap 1:16 probably an error.
  • Jeandesboz (Direct Energie) abandons.

    Sénéchal (Cofidis) abandoned earlier in the stage
  • Odd stuff from Movistar.
    Neither reeling them in or letting them go 5 minutes or so.
    Risky.
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  • One look at the team classification and the answer is obvious.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • how very unsky what sky are doing
  • Lopez struggling in the break
  • good crowds today on the climb
  • Astana hammering it...the break is doomed, doomed I tell you.
  • Bertie dancing
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Lol Contador
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    That Sanchez going?
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254
    Backstage Pass should be a jolly one...
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Carlton Kirby is one of the worst commentators I have ever come across.

    He was just shouting about Movistar taking the win when it was blatantly obvious even to me on my phone screen that it was Orica.

    Can't understand why he is allowed to commentate on bike races.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    dish_dash wrote:
    Backstage Pass should be a jolly one...

    Haven't been doing BSPs for the Vuelta have they?
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    dish_dash wrote:
    Backstage Pass should be a jolly one...

    Haven't been doing BSPs for the Vuelta have they?

    Dan arrived yesterday... they started from Stage 11
  • Sounds like I didn't miss much, I shall blame the quality of the racing for my impromptu siesta
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254
    Top 10

    1 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange 4:31:43
    2 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
    3 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
    4 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
    5 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    6 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
    7 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    10 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling

    Those who picked LL for PTP still get some points...
  • So, Keukelaire wins the underwhelming sprint that ends another underwhelming stage.
    At least Kirby provided a good laugh, calling Movistar the winners.
    Rider recognition not his strong point, along with well........................commentary.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mamil314mamil314 Posts: 1,103
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Carlton Kirby is one of the worst commentators I have ever come across.

    He was just shouting about Movistar taking the win when it was blatantly obvious even to me on my phone screen that it was Orica.

    Can't understand why he is allowed to commentate on bike races.

    This is, clearly, wrong information. I have evidence on the contrary:

    'His style combines a great depth of knowledge with a warm sense of humour and the sharpest of reactions to make an occasion of any sporting event.'

    Source: http://carltonkirby.com/
  • So, Keukelaire wins the underwhelming sprint that ends another underwhelming stage.
    At least Kirby provided a good laugh, calling Movistar the winners.
    Rider recognition not his strong point, along with well........................commentary.


    I threw things at the screen

    Carlton is an idiot
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,386
    So not one to watch on ITV4 tonight then...
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    larkim wrote:
    So not one to watch on ITV4 tonight then...

    Usually worth watching ITV highlights for the interviews etc. I find. They usually don't show too much of the actual stage if it's too dull. Anyway if you record it and watch it an hour later you can just fast forward the boring stuff.
  • alanp23alanp23 Posts: 696
    dish_dash wrote:
    Top 10

    1 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange 4:31:43
    2 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
    3 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
    4 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
    5 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    6 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
    7 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    10 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling

    Those who picked LL for PTP still get some points...

    Just watched the highlights... For ten glorious minutes I thought I was going for a solo victory.

    So close....
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,628
    Thought it was a better stage than I anticipated to be honest thanks to the complete lack of team control in the last 20km.

    I have to admit, I've struggled to tell the difference between Movistar and Orica since Orica changed their kit. On one of the early stages I was amazed that the entire Movistar team had ridden away from Froome before realising there were two OBE in the group. That said I've now sussed the difference in helmet colour and can now work out which is which from a helicopter long shot.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Pross wrote:
    I have to admit, I've struggled to tell the difference between Movistar and Orica since Orica changed their kit. On one of the early stages I was amazed that the entire Movistar team had ridden away from Froome before realising there were two OBE in the group. That said I've now sussed the difference in helmet colour and can now work out which is which from a helicopter long shot.

    You'd think it would be a core requirement for a professional bike race commentator, though. I could see it was an Orica guy in the lead from my phone screen for christ's sakes. It's not like the camera was flicking between riders or anything.

    Kirby misidentifies a rider every 4 or 5 minutes though so it's not all that surprising he did it then. I think he learns the name of one rider per team and sticks with that whenever the kit appears.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Why is f l i c k i n g filtered???
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