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La Vuelta'17 S.5 **SPOILERS** Benicàssim / Alcossebre

imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
edited August 2017 in Pro race
After Stage 4
1. GBR FROOME Christopher 21 TEAM SKY 13h 37' 41''
2. ESP DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 11 QUICK - STEP FLOORS 13h 37' 43'' + 00' 02''
3. IRL ROCHE Nicolas 36 BMC RACING TEAM 13h 37' 43'' + 00' 02''
4. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay 38 BMC RACING TEAM 13h 37' 43'' + 00' 02''
5. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo 151 BAHRAIN - MERIDA 13h 37' 51'' + 00' 10''
6. COL CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban 41 ORICA - SCOTT 13h 37' 52'' + 00' 11''
7. ITA ARU Fabio 131 ASTANA PRO TEAM 13h 38' 19'' + 00' 38''
8. GBR YATES Adam 48 ORICA - SCOTT 13h 38' 20'' + 00' 39''
9. FRA BARDET Romain 81 AG2R LA MONDIALE 13h 38' 29'' + 00' 48''
10. GBR YATES Simon 49 ORICA - SCOTT 13h 38' 29'' + 00' 48''

Withdrawals - None on day 4 reported so far.

Stage 5 Benicàssim / Alcossebre
175.7km - Coefficient 3 (Hard Stage)
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Last km - if you have not recce'd this final hill you could come a cropper as the road book is incorrect

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Listed as
Km 175.7 - Ermita Sta. Lucía. Alcossebre.3.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 3
But unless I am missing something 340 climbing metres in 3400m riding distance is pretty much 10% not 4.2%. I have had a look on map my ride and it brings the ascents to 320m so I think the chart is right and the text is wrong.

Geodiversity
Benicàssim – Alcossebre

The stage takes place through the Valencian regions of El Maestrazgo and La Plana, rocks, stones, rocks again...

Crosswinds? There is about 40km riden on the coast road which - even in hot hot spain - can bring the possibility of cross winds but they will have to be stronger than forecasts

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Valencia is the traditional rice growing area of Spain and (it claims) the birthplace of Paella - which they don't call paella but the even simpler name: arroz (rice) - it is very good in Castellon la Plana where the regional speciality is Arroz Empedrodo (basically paella with beans as well as your normal fishy ingredients)

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This region is of course home to Moscatel de Valencia - the vineyards tend to be South of where we are racing today
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And horses in Castellon
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    Sprinters will be hunting that intermediate again.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,340
    CHAVES! CHAVES! CHAVES! CHAVES!

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,522 Lives Here
    Alaphilippe presumably.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,566
    Degenkolb isn't starting because he's ill
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  • okgookgo Posts: 4,368
    Yes, finish has ramps of over 15% and is 9% or so average.
    Blog on my first and now second season of proper riding/racing - www.firstseasonracing.com
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,028
    RichN95 wrote:
    Degenkolb isn't starting because he's ill

    Poor guy. He's had a censored year...
  • Paela can be very disappointing if not done properly. There is a fiduea which is made with noodles instead of rice and I'm salivating thinking of one i had in that region - cuttlefish and monkfish were in there
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Paela can be very disappointing if not done properly. There is a fiduea which is made with noodles instead of rice and I'm salivating thinking of one i had in that region - cuttlefish and monkfish were in there

    I have had a similar dish made with stuff that was like orzo pasta - just a little bit bigger than grains of rice and same shape; lovely. agree on the paella - but anything that is practically universal is gonna have good versions and bad; I think it is also the sort of thing that is so much nicer when you have cooked it yourself
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,522 Lives Here
  • It's going to be good!


    Sadly I have to go to a barbeque :(



    So I won't see the stage or eat Paella.
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Was told by a great spanish cook - a friends grandmother - that anyone who tells you what must and must not go in a paella is mad; they vary from house to house, village to village etc. She said that it is like saying what cannot go / must be in a sandwich.

    Big break
    Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step), Ruben Fernandez and Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Marco Haller and Matvey Matvey Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Valerio Agnoli (Bahrain-Merida), Jérémy Maison (FDJ), Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Lluis Mas and Hector Saez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport) and Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobón) tackle the cat-3 alto de Cabanes with a lead of 2'45".
  • imatfaal wrote:
    Was told by a great spanish cook - a friends grandmother - that anyone who tells you what must and must not go in a paella is mad; ".

    the paella is the flattish pan isn't it? - so just chuck it all in I say!

    Thats a big break! Jetse bol certainly works hard for that Colombian team that we were talking about earlier in the season
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,566
    They need to speed up a little. It's going to be touch and go whether I see the end.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    okgo wrote:
    Yes, finish has ramps of over 15% and is 9% or so average.


    Looks like there will be some gaps from the look of that final climb. 20% section with 1km to go.
  • Does the break have enough advantage to go all the way?
    With this long descent they might even gain more time.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    Does the break have enough advantage to go all the way?
    With this long descent they might even gain more time.

    There's enough strength in there to stay away. Over 5 minutes with 30km to go.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 3,544
    Now 6'20" with 24kms to go.
    Froome to lend out the jersey for a couple of days?
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    Dorset Boy wrote:
    Now 6'20" with 24kms to go.
    Froome to lend out the jersey for a couple of days?

    Think they'll bring it back under 5 minutes before the finish.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,028
    5 km to go... it's going to be a breakaway day. Peloton 7.20 behind the front two.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,028
    Astana's Lutsenko goes solo with 3km to go... Kudus chasing
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    Lutsenko takes it - good ride that
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    yes an excellent ride!
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    bertie still on Froomes wheel!
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    voooom voooom froome
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    GOGO CONTADOR
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    nicely done by contador. life in the dog yet
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,028
    Contador, Froome, Woods, Chaves finish together... others drifting in behind...

    Lutsenko on the phone to Vino already!
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 14,798
    Plenty lost a few more seconds there.
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,183
    Contador did well there.
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    nibs lost 26 to froome .
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