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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:21 am    Post subject: Vuelta 2016: Stages 15-17, GC Takes Shape, Sep 4th-Sep 7th  Reply with quote

Wednesday's finishing wall might produce some quite decisive gaps

Stage 15




Stage 16



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick glance at today's profile suggests it's pretty innocuous, but still getting on for 2700m of climbing and it's short. Raced hard or tired legs after yesterday?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The final climb just doesn't look hard enough for the GC boys to try too much, given how hard their respective teams worked yesterday.
Looks odds on one for the breakaway to me, with both stage and KoM points up for grabs.
Now watch the GC battle erupt......

Whole stage coverage again today, from 1-30pm BST.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all depends on how it is raced but I do agree, it just doesn't look hard enough
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smash it Bertie!! LOL
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wooo ... this is interesting!!!  Sky struggling at the moment ...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scrap that, it major action.
Sky asleep at the wheel again.
OBE caught with their trousers down, too.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Froome is lucky that OGE have missed out ... they are doing all the work at the mo.  These short stages can be fun ...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey O'Reilly - Fuente De II??
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday was a wear down for today with all the work sky and orica did.

Wasn't there a giro stage where chaves and orica got caught out on a Tuesday or wednesday?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really would have thought that Sky would not have been caught out twice in one weekend. Suspect the front group ultimately doesn't have enough firepower. It will be gripping either way Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are Astana pulling?  Surely the onus is on Sky and OGE.  I suspect money has changed hands here ...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
Blimey O'Reilly - Fuente De II??


That it is.
Konig is completely out of the GC and probably the top 20 already.

Astana having to help in the chase.
If another team doesn't come to Froome's (and Chaves and Yate's) party, they are doomed.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely Astana should et Froome Chavez and Yates ride themselves int the ground then take back time on the final climb.  Why defend 9th(?) place?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Why are Astana pulling?  Surely the onus is on Sky and OGE.  I suspect money has changed hands here ...


Astana do have a top 10 GC placing to defend?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Surely Astana should et Froome Chavez and Yates ride themselves int the ground then take back time on the final climb.  Why defend 9th(?) place?


Maybe they don't know any other way to ride a grand tour?

They've been doing a bit of work all vuelta, I haven't been quite sure why.

Riding to defend 9th is like something from pro cycling manager PC game
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beggars belief ... I've never seen anything like it.  Froome has the most to lose and OGE and Astana haven't made him turn one pedal at the front. Naïvety at best ...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nolte wrote:
Riding to defend 9th is like something from pro cycling manager PC game


It's chess on wheels Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to hand it to Bertie ... he rides the 'old' way. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Beggars belief ... I've never seen anything like it.  Froome has the most to lose and OGE and Astana haven't made him turn one pedal at the front. Naïvety at best ...


Well he is losing plenty at the moment. It's nearly 3 mins now.

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