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HuwB

Vuelta a España 2011

Might as well start a thread on the 3rd GT, since it seems they have decided to include that "bit of a hill" again. Wink
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/ne...u-back-in-2011-tour-of-spain.html
Slapshot 3

Fantastic.....now is there a way they can include the Bola, Angry Lu and Covadonga in the same race????
HuwB

The Spanish Zoncolan?
Lets hope this rumour is correct and the new climb of Puerto de Ancares is included, using the toughest of it's 4 roads:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/new-climbs-in-the-frame-for-vuelta
HuwB

The Vuelta route is up early, with all the profiles here:
http://www.lavuelta.com/11pr/es/recorrido/index.html#z1

Another hatful of mountaintop finishes! Smile
stage 4



stage 8



stage 9



stage 11



stage 13



stage 14



stage 15



stage 17



+A couple of lumpy ones to round off the race.
maffy

works ok for me. waste of three weeks for da current you see eye chappies.
Bartali

Nice!!
Nolte

damn you, bartali. that was my word exactly Very Happy
berck

MTF's? pfft. They're no Mt Baldy. Wink

Seriously though, some nice looking stages.
Slapshot 3

Lu's back, FANTASTIC

She almost as exciting as that bonnie Italian bird Zoncolan or the other one Finnestra
Biosphere

What's with all this mountain love? Is no one excited by the TTT and ITT?  Wink
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
What's with all this mountain love? Is no one excited by the TTT and ITT?  Wink


Put two of the together mate and look in profile....how can you not love that
HuwB

Hah!
Notice some of the profiles have disappeared. That's because I took some from the CN forum, but saved copies of the rest.
The Vuelta site has now removed all the race info.
Since the route was not supposed to be presented until the 13th, I'd guess some web wizard will be getting the boot!
SlowRower

Biosphere wrote:
What's with all this mountain love? Is no one excited by the TTT and ITT?  Wink


I am, but I'm a sad so-and-so. I particularly like TTTs - the sight of a well-drilled squad in action is something else. I think it relates to my rowing days, when one spent months on wind-blown, freezing canals and rivers in winter striving to get everyone doing the right thing at the right time.

Whilst it's funny to watch, seeing people ride into fields or seeing Cancellara looking over his shoulder all the time trying to locate his "team" isn't really what top-class sport should come to.

I like MTFs and bunch sprints as well, which is hopefully more acceptable. Smile

Not so keen on aimless undulations or the dreaded long, downhill finishes. Is that good or bad? Smile
Bartali

SR - I bet you are a big fan of synchronised swimming too ... Wink


I think there is a place for down hill finishes - the likes where Vino, DDL, Nibs, Samu etc can attack.  I object to the 'easy' downhill finishes that neutralise attacks and those that finish 40km from the end of the descent ...
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:
SR - I bet you are a big fan of synchronised swimming too ... Wink


Surprisingly no!

As I have no feel for music at all, I can't tell whether they're synchronised with the music or not, so it loses it as a sporting challenge for me. Plus, I like to see sport done with huge grimaces or thousand mile stares, not manic gurning-trying-to-look-like-smiling. Smile
HuwB

Well, I like it a lot.
Compared to those awful editions a just a couple of years ago, this looks quite spicy.
We have the two explosive finishes from last year, plus another at San Lorenzo. (this is the bottom of the Alto de Aitana climb)
We have the mighty Lou returning, plus a new big finish up North.

Add the Sierra Nevada on just stage 4, plus La Covatilla just when things are looking to quieten down.

Looking at all 3 GTs, we have the first MTF of stages 4, 6 and..............erm.
..........stage 12.

Guess which one looks the lightweight? Wink
Slapshot 3

It looks superb and as you say more adventurous than the Tour but I suppose we've come to expect that. Spain and Italy are rapidly becoming the races to watch.
mr shifter

berck wrote:
MTF's? pfft. They're no Mt Baldy. Wink

Sorry about this berck but it needs saying.

Mt Baldy the only one then, with several in a real GT.  Rolling Eyes
berck

mr shifter wrote:
berck wrote:
MTF's? pfft. They're no Mt Baldy. Wink

Sorry about this berck but it needs saying.

Mt Baldy the only one then, with several in a real GT.  Rolling Eyes


Very Happy  I was completely joking with that comment. That why I finished it with a Wink and the next line started 'Seriously though...'.

Just playing the part of the California cycling snob Wink

Its like a commercial I saw here a few years back after the SF Giants opened there new Pac Bell Park (now AT&T Park). They had people comment on the beauty of the park. The last guy said.. "It's nice, but it's no Chavez Ravine". Took me a minute to realize that the last guy was a LA Dodger fan. They play in Chavez Ravine in the LA area. Very Happy
Biosphere

The full line-up announced.

Geox in what I feel will maybe be their last GT. Can't see them surviving next season since Sastre is probably ready for retirement and Menchov may have used up his 9 lives by then.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/vuelta-a-espana-wildcards-announced
Nolte

i'm happy Skil have been invited Smile
Mrs John Murphy

Time to bump this one Smile



Complete with Steak logo.
70kmph

Wiggins, Sastre & Menchov !
Bartali

Wiggo on the Angrilu?  Umm ... I'm not so sure.
kathy

Vuelta a España 2011

Thought it was about time we had a thread. I have just checked the TTT in Benidorm and discovered it's an evening one, so have hurriedly booked an overnight stay in a central, cheap (and probably nasty!) B & B for the night of the 20th!  

TTT's may have an unfortunate effect on results, but they are great fun to watch!
MAILLOT JAUNE

That's great kathy. I'm quite jealous. I saw  evening TTT in 2006 in Malaga. Fantastic spectacle. Have a great time.
Severo

I saw a TTT four years ago when I first watched the Tour de Pologne. I remember Cancellara and Gustav Erik Larsson taking it in turns to drag CSC around the 4km course, approx 1km pulls. It seemed that they were the only team who knew what they were doing, everyone else was trying to do what they thought they should, but without any real strategy.
KarenP

Re: Vuelta a España 2011

kathy wrote:
Thought it was about time we had a thread. I have just checked the TTT in Benidorm and discovered it's an evening one, so have hurriedly booked an overnight stay in a central, cheap (and probably nasty!) B & B for the night of the 20th!  

TTT's may have an unfortunate effect on results, but they are great fun to watch!


Please take your camera … hopefully it will be well lighted and you'll get some great shots.  Have a blast!
Fontfroide

Anyone have an accurate start list, or is it too early.
HuwB

One click to all the Vuelta profiles...............finally!
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=41940

(scroll down and click on for auto enlarge)
kathy

Not relevant to this year's Vuelta, but the Spanish commentators on Eneco today were talking about taking the Vuelta back to the Canary Islands.  In particular there is a proposal afoot to have about 4 stages in the Canaries, and they were talking about a 20+km climb to the Pico de las Nieves in Gran Canaria.  I would love to see a stage on Mount Teide in Tenerife - I think that would be spectacular!
Guiness

Enjoy Kathy! Looking forward to the pics.

Which is your favourite vuelta? I am a fun of the one in 1999. Alto de El Angliru in Asturias was amazing. I am told there were bits as steep as 23.6%  Shocked
Bartali

Isn't the Angliru back this year - stage 15???
Mrs John Murphy

Finally

Would it be worth merging this thread with http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/about4233.html?

Stage 1 Saturday 20 August Benidorm > Benidorm 13,5 kmTTT







Stage 2 Sunday 21 August La Nucía > Playas de Orihuela 174,0 km







Stage 3 Monday 22 August Petrer > Totana 163,0 km







Stage 4 Tuesday 23 August Baza > Sierra Nevada 170,2 km







Stage 5 Wednesday 24 August Sierra Nevada > Valdepeñas de Jaén 187,0 km







Stage 6 Thursday 25 August Úbeda > Córdoba 193,4 km







Stage 7 Friday 26 August Almadén > Talavera de la Reina 182,9 km







Stage 8 Saturday 27 August Talavera de la Reina > San Lorenzo de El Escorial 177,3 km







Stage 9 Sunday 28 August Villacastín > Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla 183,0 km







Stage 10 Monday 29 August Salamanca > Salamanca 47,0 kmITT








Stage 11 Wednesday 31 August Verín > Estación de Esquí Alto de la Manzaneda 167,0 km







Stage 12 Thursday 01 September Ponteareas > Pontevedra 167,3 km








Stage 13 Friday 02 September Sarria > Ponferrada 158,2 km








Stage 14 Saturday 03 September Astorga > La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo 175,8 km







Stage 15 Sunday 04 September Avilés > Anglirú 142,2 km







Stage 16 Tuesday 06 September Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) > Haro 203,6 km







Stage 17 Wednesday - 07 September Faustino V > Peña Cabarga 211,0 km







Stage 18 Thursday 08 September Solares > Noja 174,6 km







Stage 19 Friday 09 September Noja > Bilbao 158,5 km







Stage 20 Saturday 10 September Bilbao > Vitoria 185,0 km








Stage 21 Sunday 11 September Circuito del Jarama > Madrid 95,6 km





Ralphnorman

Is it just me or is the start date a bit earlier from previous years?
ullrichfan

Anton for the Angliru stage, me thinks - will he have recovered enough from the Giro to have a pop at the GC?  He faded badly at the Giro.
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Isn't the Angliru back this year - stage 15???


Yup. And looking forward to it.
kathy

Race director talks about the Vuelta

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID...ks-about-the-Vuelta-a-Espana.aspx

Not sure what he's on about talking about school holidays as one of the reasons for starting a week earlier.  The kids don't go back to school until mid/late September!
HuwB

ANDALUCÍA CAJA GRANADA
Titulares:
BERNABEU ARMENGOL Vicente David
BENITEZ ROMAN Jose Alberto
CABELLO BAENA Antonio
LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan José
PALOMARES VILLAPLANA Adrian
PIEDRA PEREZ Antonio
RAMIREZ ABEJA Javier
ROLDAN CARMONA Jose Luis
ROSENDO PRADO Jesus
Suplentes:
CARRASCO GARCIA Sergio
ESTRADA RUIZ Juan Javier
LECHUGA RODRIGUEZ Pablo
RUIZ PINTO Eloy
TORIBIO ALCOLEA José Vicente

BMC RACING TEAM
Titulares:
BURGHARDT Marcus
FRANK Mathias
KOHLER Martin
PHINNEY Taylor
QUINZIATO Manuel
SANTAMBROGIO Mauro
SANTAROMITA Ivan
TSCHOPP Johann
VAN AVERMAET Greg
Suplentes:
EIJSSEN Yannick
KROON Karsten
MOINARD Amaël
MORABITO Steve

COFIDIS
Titulares:
BAGOT Yohan
EDET Nicolas
MATE MARDONES Luis Angel
MONCOUTIE David
MONIER Damien
SARAMOTINS Aleksejs
SIJMENS Nico
TAARAMAE Rein
VOGONDY Nicolas
Suplentes:
FOUCHARD Julián
LABBE Arnaud

EUSKATEL-EUSKADI *
Titulares:
ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor
ISASI FLORES Inaki
MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi
NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel
OROZ UGALDE Juan Jose
PEREZ LEZAUN Alan
TXURRUKA Amets
VELASCO MURILLO Ivan
VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka
Suplentes:
AZANZA SOTO Jorge
CAZAUX Pierre
FERNANDEZ Koldo
LANDA MEANA Mikel
URTASUN PEREZ Pablo

GEOXT
itulares:
COBO ACEBO Juan Jose
BLANCO RODRIGUEZ David
DE LA FUENTE RASILLA David
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres
DURÁN AROCA Arkaitz
FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier
MENCHOV Denis
SASTRE CANDIL Carlos
VALLS FERRI Rafael
Suplentes:
ARDILA CANO Mauricio
BRANDLE Matthias
CHEULA Giampaolo
KOZONTCHUK Dmitry

HTCT
itulares:
ALBASINI Michael
CAVENDISH Mark
DEGENKOLB John
GOSS Matthew Harley
GRABSCH Bert
HOWARD Leigh
MARTIN Tony
SIVTSOV Kanstantsin
VELITS Martin
Suplentes:
BRAMMEIER Matt
GHYSELINCK Jan
RABON Frantisek
RASMUSSEN Alex
SMUKULIS Gatis

KATUSHA TEAM
Titulares:
RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
HORRACH RIPPOLL Juan
KUSCHYNSKI Aliaksandr
LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto
MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel
PAOLINI Luca
PLIUSCHIN Alexandr
TROFIMOV Yury
VORGANOV Eduard
Suplentes:
CARUSO Giampaolo
DI LUCA Danilo
GUSEV Vladimir
IGNATENKO Petr

LAMPRE ISD *T
itulares:
SCARPONI Michele
KVACHUK Oleksandr
MARZANO Marco
MORI Manuele
NIEMIEC Przemyslaw
PEREZ ARRIETA Aitor
PETACCHI Alessandro
RIGHI Daniele
SPEZIALETTI Alessandro
Suplentes:
BALLONI Alfredo
GAVAZZI Francesco
HONDO Danilo
PIETROPOLLI Daniele

LEOPARD TREK *T
itulares :
BENNATI Daniele
CANCELLARA Fabian
FUGLSANG Jakob
MONFORT Maxime
O'GRADY Stuart
PIRES Bruno
VIGANO Davide
WAGNER Robert
ZAUGG Oliver
Suplentes :
DENIFL Stefan
FEILLU Brice
LUND Anders
ROHREGGER Thomas

LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE *
Titulares:
NIBALI Vincenzo
CAPECCHI Eros
CARUSO Damiano
DA DALTO Mauro
DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano
MARANGONI Alan
NERZ Dominik
SAGAN Peter
WURF Cameron
Suplentes:
AGNOLI Valerio
BELLOTTI Francesco
GUARNIERI Jacopo
OSS Daniel
PONZI Simone

MOVISTAR TEAM
Titulares:
ERVITI OLLO Imanol
GARCIA ACOSTA José Vicente
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat
KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo
LOPEZ GARCIA David
PARDILLA BELLON Sergio
PLAZA MOLINA Ruben
SAMOILAU Branislau
Suplentes :
BRUSEGHIN Marzio
KIRYIENKA Vasili
MADRAZO RUIZ Angel

OMEGA PHARMA LOTTO *
Titulares:
BAKELANDTS Jan
DE GREEF Francis
DE HAES Kenny
DOCKX Gert
HANSEN Adam
PUJOL MUNOZ Oscar
REYNES MIMO Vicente
VAN DE WALLE Jurgen
VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen
Suplentes:
KAISEN Olivier
LANG Sebastian
NEYENS Maarten
VEIKKANEN Jussi

ASTANA PRO TEAM
Titulares:
KESSIAKOFF Fredrik
BAZAYEV Assan
GASPAROTTO Enrico
KANGERT Tanel
KASHECHKIN Andrey
KISERLOVSKI Robert
MIZUROV Andrey
PETROV Evgeny
RENEV Sergey
Suplentes:
ZEITS Andrey
DYACHENKO Alexsandr
IGLINSKIY Valentin
JUFRE POU Josep
KIREYEV Roman

QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM
Titulares:
BANDIERA Marco
BOONEN Tom
CATALDO Dario
CHAVANEL Sylvain
DE MAAR Marc
DE WEERT Kevin
MAES Nikolas
MALACARNE Davide
SEELDRAEYERS Kevin
Suplentes:
CAPPELLE Andy
STAUFF Andreas
VAN IMPE Kevin
VANDEWALLE Kristof

RABOBANK *T
itulares:
BARREDO LLAMAZALES Carlos
BRESCHEL Matti
FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar
GARATE Juan Manuel
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
MARTENS Paul
MOLLEMA Bauke
SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon
SLAGTER Tom Jelte
Suplentes:
BOS Theo
CLEMENT Stef
TANKINK Bram
WEENING Pieter
WYNANTS Maarten

SAXO BANK SUNGARD
Titulares:
SÖRENSEN Chris
CHRISTENSEN Mads
GUSTOV Volodymir
HAEDO Juan José
JÖRGENSEN Jonas Aaen
MAJKA Rafal
MARYCZ Jaroslaw
NUYENS Nick
SÖRENSEN Nicki
Suplentes:
COOKE Baden
HAEDO Lucas Sebastian
KLOSTERGAARD LARSEN Kasper
MORKOV Michael
ROBERTS Luke

SKIL SHIMANO *
Titulares:
GENIEZ Alexandre
DOI Yukihiro
FRÖHLINGER Johannes
GESCHKE Simon
HUPOND Thierry
KITTEL Marcel
SPRICK Matthieu
TIMMER Albert
VEELERS Tom
Suplentes:
CURVERS Roy
DE BACKER Bert
DE KORT Koen
HAN Feng
HUGUET Yann

SKY PROCYCLING *
Titulares:
ARVESEN Kurt-Asle
CIONI Dario David
FROOME Christopher
LÖVKVIST Thomas
POSSONI Morris
STANNARD Ian
SUTTON Christopher
WIGGINS Bradley
ZANDIO ECHAIDE Xavier
Suplentes
CARLSTRÖM Kjell
CUMMINGS Stephen
DOWSETT Alex
HUNT Jeremy
NORDHAUG Lars Setter

TEAM GARMIN CERVELO
Titulares:
FARRAR Tyler
FISCHER Murilo Antonio
HAUSSLER Heinrich
HUSHOVD Thor
KLIER Andreas
LE MEVEL Christophe
MARTIN Daniel
TALANSKY Andrew
VAN SUMMEREN Johan
Suplentes:
BOBRIDGE Jack
MAASKANT Martijn
RASCH Gabriel
VANMARCKE Sep

TEAM RADIOSHACK
Titulares:
BRAJKOVIC Janez
BUSCHE Matthew
IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
KLÖDEN Andreas
LEQUATRE Geoffroy
MACHADO Tiago
OLIVIERA Nelson Filipe
PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Moreira
ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar
Suplentes:
BEPPU Fumiyuki
CARDOSO Manuel Antonio Leal
HUNTER Robert
MCEWEN Robbie
RAST Gregory

VACANSOLEIL-DMC
Titulares:
CARRARA Matteo
DEVOLDER Stijn
GOLAS Michal
KEIZER Martijn
LAGUTIN Sergey
LIGTHART Pim
MOSQUERA MIGUEZ Ezequiel
POELS Wouter
VAN LEIJEN Joost
Suplentes:
ANZA Santo
BELKOV Maxim
PYDGORNYY Ruslan
SELVAGGI Mirko
VEUCHELEN Frederik
kathy

It's still up in the air as to whether Mozzie can ride, I believe.
Bartali

I'm assuming that - consistent with his position all season - he won't.

Innocent or guilty, the whole thing seems a real mess.  Kathy - can you throw any local flavour on what's going on?  As I understand it his B samples have still not been tested?

EDIT - Oh I see what you mean ... he's on the team list?

This could turn out to be a little beauty!!  A bunch of real scrappers to keep the race honest - Anton, Scarponi, J-Rod, Mossie, etc.  Some quality all rounders - Nibs, Wiggins, Menchov, Klodi, Brajkovic, etc.  Then there's GVA, Sastre ...  A whole lot of quality in this!!
kathy

The Mozzie thing.  He has kept his mouth firmly shut until recently.  But he is very upset about the situation - he's in his mid-thirties so in the twilight of his career.  No-one seems to be able to throw any light as to why his B-sample hasn't been tested.  I think his team must have got fed up, and put his name down for the Vuelta in order to 'challenge' this delay, which is understandable from their point of view.

I hope he rides - he can be guaranteed to liven things up the mountains.  Scarponi sounds up for this as well - talking about going for GC.
Boogerd_Fan

Scarponi sounds confident...

my money is on Nibs defending his title.
Nolte

kathy wrote:
The Mozzie thing.  He has kept his mouth firmly shut until recently.  But he is very upset about the situation - he's in his mid-thirties so in the twilight of his career.  No-one seems to be able to throw any light as to why his B-sample hasn't been tested.  I think his team must have got fed up, and put his name down for the Vuelta in order to 'challenge' this delay, which is understandable from their point of view.

I hope he rides - he can be guaranteed to liven things up the mountains.  Scarponi sounds up for this as well - talking about going for GC.


it's just a very dissapointing delay. i think from a sporting point of view not to clear it up in under a year, not even to test the b sample in a year, it's disheartening.
he's 36 in November .
kathy

An open letter from Ezequiel Mosquera

http://www.velofutur.es/noticias/...en-letter-from-ezequiel-mosquera/
Nolte

thanks for posting, kathy.
kathy

The letter sounds rather confused.  He sounds distraught, as though he thinks his advisers haven't help and feels as though he ought to try and explain things himself.  I haven't read the Spanish version of the letter - that might be clearer - perhaps there is some mis-translation there.
Bartali

No Mosquera ..... its been announced.
smarauder68

Just checked my online sportsbook odds...

Shocked to see Igor Anton favored at 3.5-1....

Top 10 Faves:

Anton..........7/2
Scarponi......9/2
Menchov......6-1
Nibali...........6-1
J.Rodriguez..6-1
VanDenB....13-1
Wiggins......19-1
Brajkovic....19-1
Kloeden......31-1
Sastre........41-1

Longshots:

Kascheckin..126-1
Fugalsong....126-1
T.Martin.......300-1
LLSanchez...351-1
LeMevel.......351-1
Lokvist........351-1

I haven't been digging up any intel on this race yet as far as who is actually planning to race it vs just soft pedaling to fill out the numbers.

Any value up there?
smarauder68

I would think Wiggins would get some play considering his early departure from France and pre-TDF form was pretty solid.

Maybe Kasheckin is value at 126-1....given the Spanish Cycling Federation's leniency towards doping, Kash probably loaded up for this one...
HuwB

Kloeden at 31-1 seems a worthy shout, given there's one decent ITT.
Brajkovic, too.
Of course, with the Shack riders, it's a question of which version turns up: US or Euro.
smarauder68

Pardon my ignorance but what has Anton done lately to warrant this favorite label?
HuwB

smarauder68 wrote:
Pardon my ignorance but what has Anton done lately to warrant this favorite label?

He won the Giro stage up Monte Zoncolan.
Last race was the Tour of Burgos, where he was so-so......as were a few other contenders.
smarauder68

HuwB wrote:
smarauder68 wrote:
Pardon my ignorance but what has Anton done lately to warrant this favorite label?

He won the Giro stage up Monte Zoncolan.
Last race was the Tour of Burgos, where he was so-so......as were a few other contenders.


I noticed he didn't manage a top 10 at the Giro and doesn't have a great record in time trials...kinda mystifying that he is 7/2 and favored over the likes of Scarponi, Menchov, Brajkovic and Wiggins....All seem to have better Palmares and will be motivated to win.
HuwB

smarauder68 wrote:
HuwB wrote:
smarauder68 wrote:
Pardon my ignorance but what has Anton done lately to warrant this favorite label?

He won the Giro stage up Monte Zoncolan.
Last race was the Tour of Burgos, where he was so-so......as were a few other contenders.


I noticed he didn't manage a top 10 at the Giro and doesn't have a great record in time trials...kinda mystifying that he is 7/2 and favored over the likes of Scarponi, Menchov, Brajkovic and Wiggins....All seem to have better Palmares and will be motivated to win.


Scott: It's all based upon how well he was going in the race, last year.
He was dominating most of the climbs and looked set to win the GC battle..............until he crashed out.
The Orange men do seem to take a lot of tumbles.
Boogerd_Fan

if he stays upright, this years climbers parcours is favouring riders like him. his odds reflect that. obviously.
hengispod

i like the look of nibali. rested after the giro, depending on how strong his team is?
smarauder68

Menchov seems value to me....he's well rested and a much better time trialer than Anton....

I wouldn't mind punting something on VDB or Wiggins if I knew how they've recovered from France...
kathy

Anton has based his whole season around training for the Vuelta.  He was dreadfully disappointed last year when he had to abandon - he would have given Nibs a real run for his money IMO.  So home race - and it goes back to the Basque Country for the first time in umpity years!  No-brainer really!
Boogerd_Fan

All the TTers will be found out on the Angliru.

A mountain goat is going to win it this year.
Nibs/Anton/Rodriguez or maybe a motivated VDB
Bartali

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
All the TTers will be found out on the Angliru.

A mountain goat is going to win it this year.
Nibs/Anton/Rodriguez or maybe a motivated VDB


And of those, Nibs is the one who can TT ...

It has the makings of a little cracker!
Fontfroide

kathy wrote:
Anton has based his whole season around training for the Vuelta.  He was dreadfully disappointed last year when he had to abandon - he would have given Nibs a real run for his money IMO.  So home race - and it goes back to the Basque Country for the first time in umpity years!  No-brainer really!


And you picked Scarponi?  Would you care to share your reasons?  I picked Anton, maybe I should change?
kathy

I picked Scarponi for a couple of reasons.

I thought lots of others would pick Anton, and Scarponi has been pontificating a lot about how he likes the course, and he's going for the GC etc, so I think he might be a good pick for the podium.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Can Wiggins keep the Red jersey all the way to Sunday????? I do hope so and hope that the teams don't gang up on him like they did when Millar was in Red in 1985!

Edit - Sheesh! I'm a week ahead of myself!!!! Can Wiggins keep Red for one more week????
mazda

So is there a serious chance at changing the GC over the next 3 days ?

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