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Biosphere

Vuelta 2013, Stages 1-5: Vuelta a Galicia, 24th-28th Aug

Apologies to the proud residents of Zamora, but lumping it all as Galicia seemed like a decent grouping before the first big transfer. I also wonder if my grammar is correct as I just substituted for Espana and with Galicia not starting with a vowel . . . . Kathy?

I am off to Scotland for the long weekend, so will not see so much of the opening stages. I will make an extra special effort to catch the TTT though as I am told they usually decide the race Wink

Stage 1
Unipublic wrote:
The 68th edition of the Vuelta a España will begin with a 27-kilometre team time-trial stage.  This is where we will meet the first rider to wear the red jersey in 2013.  The teams will try not to lose too much time so that their leaders won’t be affected in the general classification.  The stage will not be easy and the ride through the locality of Vilanova de Arousa will be a challenging one.  Once they have overcome the first few kilometres, the true aficionados will be able to really enjoy watching the teams in action as they will reach very high speeds.  Just like it does every year, the Vuelta aims to innovate and in this edition the first stage will depart from a barge located in the ria de Arousa.




Stage 2
Unipublic wrote:
The first summit finish will take place in the second stage.  The peloton will have to conquer the 176-kilometre route from Pontevedra to the finish line located at the Alto de Monte da Groba in Baiona.  It could potentially be a day for riders to attempt to break away from the rest although, as energy levels will still be high, it will also make for a great battle amongst the most important riders.  Those riders wishing to make it onto the general classification will have their first chance to shine at the Alto do Monte da Groba.




Stage 3
Unipublic wrote:
The third stage will consist of a 172-kilometre route and will take place in Galicia.  The peloton will depart Vigo and finish at the Mirador de Lobeira, in Vilagarcía de Arousa.  The last part of the route spikes up, although it is not excessively tough.  The journey will be a winding one where the bravest riders will no doubt try to take flight.  With the exception of the final part of the stage, the stage as a whole will not be one to result in great differences in the general classification.  The leaders, however, will continue to try to do well in these stages so as not to miss out in the fight for the final victory.




Stage 4
Unipublic wrote:
As in the previous stage, the fourth stage of the Vuelta will also feature a route commonly referred to as a “leg breaker”.  The final part of the stage will again spike up although it won’t be challenging enough to result in significant changes in the classification.  In theory, all leaders should be able to complete this stage without too much trouble.  The stage will consist of 186 kilometres and will end at the finish line located in Fisterra “el Fin del Mundo “ (“The End of the Earth”).




Stage 5
Unipublic wrote:
The Vuelta leaves Galicia and enters the province of Zamora.  The route will continue to be very similar to that of the two previous days, although in this particular occasion spectators will be able to enjoy a sprint to the finish line.  The sprinter teams will have a hard time controlling attacks and we will surely see a very fast stage where riders will try to break away on various occasions.


gerry12ie

Re: Vuelta 2013, Stages 1-5: Vuelta a Galicia, 24th-28th Aug

Biosphere wrote:


I am off to Scotland for the long weekend, so will not see so much of the opening stages. I will make an extra special effort to catch the TTT though as I am told they usually decide the race Wink



Meee-ow!  I'll probably miss the TTT too but nowhere as glamorous as Scotland for me, just the sunny southeast.  I had harboured notions of tackling Mount Leinster but looking out at it from the Woodstock Arms in Inistioge night be a better job altogether.  Although trying to explain the dynamics of a team time trial to the locals might be a bridge too far...
Bartali

I'm so much looking forward to this race.

Brava Nibali  Brava Basso  Viva Puito  Viva Samu ... with no clear favourite, we might just have the best GT of the year!
HuwB

Well done, Bio. I was going to start a thread, but hadn't checked out our GT section. Embarassed

I'll just add Kathy's finishing kms and maps, if I may.

Stage 1

Finish

Map


Stage 2

Finish

Map


Stage 3

Finish

Map


Stage 4

Finish

Map


Stage 5

Finish

Map
kathy

I was hoping to see some of the Galicia stuff, but we have a lot of other things on this weekend so can't get over there.  However, we will still be in Asturias at the end of the Vuelta.....
Boogerd_Fan

Bos sent home with low cortisol levels... that's not looking good for 1/2 of Belkin's strategy.
HuwB

Wow, stunning HD pictures on Eurosport. That's quite some starting ramp.
Beasley

I'm sure GreenEdge used to be good at TTTs ...

Not a great time from BMC, but considering how threadbare they looked it could've been a lot worse!
Boogerd_Fan

owch... Katusha implode!

edit:
but recovered!!! They only lost half the time Garmin did... KOD time.
HuwB

Not the best time to view for me.
A few "surprises" in amongst the expected.
Betancur getting dropped by his very slow team was
a major problem for my fantasy teams.
I don't think anybody would have predicted an Astana RadioShack 1-2.
Bartali

Delighted though I am for Nibali ... I still think TTT are bloody stupid.  That JRod and Basso start a minute and a minute and a half down on day one is just stupid IMO.
HuwB

A bit more detail on today's first mountain finish:


Nothing too testing, but enough of a % in the final 2kms or so, to find out who hasn't got it, at least.
berck

Yes, a nice little challenge
Bartali

Quote:
its one of the wettest parts of Spain, that means its pretty dry ...


What's Kirby been smoking???
Bartali

Samu?  Looks sick ....
Fontfroide

Samu AND Henao, what is going on?  Both naturally on my team.
Bartali

Bloomin' Columbian!! Wink
berck

Can't see it on TV, but I thought this line was funny.

2km from end...
Movistar's pace is such that nobody can even contemplate attacking.
1.6km from end...
Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) rips clear of the red jersey group.
berck

Roche takes it!
Boogerd_Fan

I thought Konig had it there, but the counterattacks were just too strong. Nice to see Roche get given some space to win the stage.

Surprised considering the work MoviSKY put in, that they Valverde didn't try to follow Moreno or Roche as they went off to join Konig. GC Contenders keeping their powder dry.
HuwB

Too many cycle races, too little time.
Only just watched the stage; another clutch of surprises.
Nick Roche finally wins a race.
Really not impressed by Movistar's tactics on just stage 2:
wasted effort.
Samu shocker.
Beasley

It's probably too early to say game over for Henao, but if it is Uran is in prime position to leave Sky with a flourish.

Betancur's a surprise. Perhaps he's there to support others &/or chase the mountain competition?

The next two days are J-Rod country. If he's there for the GC he needs to squeeze out all the seconds he can. He can't afford to play silly mind games, he just needs the seconds on the board.
kathy

Just watched the highlights on TDP - much better coverage of the race today than all those shots of boats yesterday!

Samu, Henao - both very disappointing!
Nolte

yay, my pick was only second Very Happy
Boogerd_Fan

JRod may be getting a little wiser to win a GT blow-by-blow . He was also slipping away for seconds a lot in the Giro & Vuelta 2012 editions… the result? Cracking in the 3rd week under pressure from Hesjedal/Contador.
In the Tour 2013 he was less animated (albeit there are no bonus seconds or steep final km’s) but on the Alps he came alive.
Could be intentionally saving something to take minutes on Angliru vs. seconds on these lumps.
Fontfroide

Predominant on my various teams were Henao (picked GC here), Bos, Samu and Betancur.  Too early to tell, but I am wondering if I will bother to check results.
Bartali

Crosswinds!!!
Bartali

Valverde delivering a little bit of 'payback'.
HuwB

Bartali wrote:
Valverde delivering a little bit of 'payback'.


With a slightly "cheaper" shot. That crash caused a lot of splits and delays.
Bit different to a puncture when they are already going full blast.
Still, it's to be expected.
All on go slow now.
berck

5km to go.
Beasley

42 is the new 26, evidently! Laughing

Well, Nibali got rid of the race lead, at least.
berck

Horner? He looked good in Utah a few weeks ago. Maybe Beasley's right. Smile
Bartali

yeah ... Nibs did a good job there.
HuwB

Well, rather as I expected, these first week hill finishes are only good for weeding out the weak.
Would have preferred a slightly more traditional first week, to attract the odd sprinter.
Phony GC war allows young Mr Horner to replace young Mr Voigt as Radio Shack's stage hunter supremo.
Fontfroide

So what do they say about Sky picking Henao as the leader and him falling apart on the first hill.  Aside from being pissed off that they made such a bad decision and tricked me into thinking he was in good shape… is he ill?  Did he forget to eat?

Never mind, I just read he didn't eat.  Jesus, how can this happen, is there not a DS or someone to remind him to eat?  What kind of pro is he?  All right, I admit that many people forget to eat once.
Bartali

Marginal gains FF ... its what Sky are good at! Wink
HuwB

Incase anyone is wondering what that little 3rd cat, 35 kms or so from tomorrow's finish looks like.......



........29% LOL.
berck

I wonder what kind of fireworks we are going to see when they hit that spot in about 30km from now?
Biosphere

berck wrote:
I wonder what kind of fireworks we are going to see when they hit that spot in about 30km from now?


Is it going to do much more than dispatch sprinters? It will be fun to watch, but I suspect too far from the end to be decisive?
HuwB

Climber? Sprinter? or Valverde?
HuwB

Dan Brown goes one better than stage 2.
Again a jump that no one reacts to.
mr shifter

Moreno takes the win for Katusha, with Cancellara second.
17:35:06 CEST
berck

I didn't even think about Cancellara today. This would be his type of terrain.
gerry12ie

Roche prominent again today.  He could have a nice palmares by now if he hadn't persisted with that ridiculous GC mantle at AG2R.
Boogerd_Fan

interesting to see Nibs leapfrog Horner again at the top of the standings... bit weird that - i thought he would want to keep quiet a bit longer!
Beasley

I expect Nibali who have rather not have leapfrogged Horner, but it's not the worst thing in the world. If the right break forms tomorrow, I wouldn't be surprised to see Astana letting it go.

Regardless, the sprint trains should take care of Thursday and Friday, and then it's the start of the pointy stuff.
kathy

Nibs had disappeared beofre the poduims had been annnounced.  They had to fetch him back.  So much for the GC leader being immediately required to give samples Crying or Very sad
mazda

Was deemed to be a gap from Huzarski in front of Nerz and Basso.
Horner, Uran and Zubeldia were all behind and so lost 6 seconds.

So not really anything to do with Nibali and his team.
Just the random distribution of riders at the top of the hill.
Biosphere

Garmin working to bring back the break at the moment. With 40 km to go, break has 5 mins and catch looks inevitable.
HuwB

Matthews has left his form late, but at least it's finally arrived.
Last time he was in a Spanish stage race, he was leading out Darryl Impey!.

Argos showed some intent, but not the well drilled train of the TDF.
OPQS even worse for Meersman, than for Cav. Surely Stybar could
do something in that department.
kathy

A bit of a mess really, with no top sprinters trains present!

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