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Mrs John Murphy

Vuelta Stage 1 Benidorm > Benidorm 13.5 km TTT 20th Aug

Stage 1 Saturday 20 August Benidorm > Benidorm 13.5 km TTT





HuwB

Time to start the ball rolling. Interesting to see a TTT start with a bit of a lump.
Normally, 14kms would favour the sprinter train teams, but will this 3km hill mean that they have to start easy?
Perhaps this course suits a team packed with time trialing diesels, such as the Shack?
Mrs John Murphy

Other than the lump it doesn't look very technical so I'd have thought it would favour HCT.

However, I don't think any of the GC contenders are come with strong TTT teams so hopefully it won't make too much difference.
kathy

Decisions, decisions.  Which part of the course should I go to?  I'll be there fairly early - I hope - so will go to the start area and try to get some photos before they start - then perhaps somewhere near the finish - looks like two bites at the cherry there.

I have a horrible feeling it's going to be dreadfully crowded!

Watch out for me - I have a large Welsh flag which I'll wave vigorously if I see a camera anywhere near Laughing
kathy

Tomorrow's weather should not be too hot

http://canalmeteo.laverdad.es/ciudad.php?id_ciudad=152

Useful info for those looking for TV or online coverage

http://www.steephill.tv/vuelta-a-espana/#tv-schedule
Nolte

Liquigas usually do good in TTT's in the vuelta so that is why i picked them
HuwB

Eurosport had time to kill, so they just showed some the team presentation.
Some scaffolding and planks knocked up on the beach?
Austerity in Spain.

Wiggins looked painfully thin and rather glum, as did JVdB.

Anyhow, we have sunny Skil, ready to start.
HuwB

Garmin and BMC having shockers....
maffy

ned's doing ok on itv4, but matt r seems to have slightly random things going on in his head today. swifty. in the studio for a couple of days - all the comms themselves so far - no matt k.

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heute meine es ist deutsche
HuwB

Shack Tour problems continue!
Brajkovic off the bike and off the back.
maffy

effpee kod Very Happy

itv4 matt k now.
HuwB

Team LEOPARD CANC set the new mark.

Yup, fp hell for US punters so far.
Garmin the best of a sad bunch.
BMC-Cadel revert to type.
Taylor Phinney?
HuwB

Retirement Shack break 17 minutes...........by 0.2"
All things considered, a fair comeback.

This ramp is causing all sorts of problems.
Marzano loses over a minute getting started.
Nuyens dirt biking..........very interesting.
Biosphere

Thanks for updates. In the LBS so at least I'm on message even if I'm not watching Smile
maffy

is only short ttt but teamskyteam fragmentation.

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life's a beach, or that is
Fontfroide

maffy wrote:
is only short ttt but teamskyteam fragmentation.



Anyone have details?
maffy

went down to four riders, had to wait for zandio to catch up
Fontfroide

So where is Kathy, anyone see her flag?
HuwB

Sky utter disaster.
Down to 4 men, they had to wait for a 5th.
Wiggins lives in Gerona.
He might as well head north, instead of south.
Loses a packet in a time trial on day one.

Fontfroide wrote:

Anyone have details?


The question has been asked, but so far, nothing reported from the course.
HuwB

From Twitter:

"Cav drops back to help Team SKY."

Cancellara takes the team time trial.
maffy

HuwB wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:

Anyone have details?


The question has been asked, but so far, nothing reported from the course.


according to matt r telephone ds following - road captain k asle arverson und zandio crash before intermediate.


then there was a later ste de jong int after the ad break, with added bonus "language problems"

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mmm melinda...
HuwB

maffy wrote:
HuwB wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:

Anyone have details?


The question has been asked, but so far, nothing reported from the course.


according to matt r telephone ds following - road captain k asle arverson und zandio crash before intermediate.


then there was a later ste de jong int after the ad break, with added bonus "language problems"

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mmm melinda...


Yes.
It caused Zandio to sit up, not realising he was the last man

Virtual GC

Nibali 16.34
VDB +14
Rodriguez +21
Anton +24
Brajkovic +25
Kloeden +25
Kruijswijk +26
Scarponi +28
Taaramae +33
Wiggins +38
Menchov +39
Boogerd_Fan

Sagan within reach of the gold jersey

Velits just 9 seconds down (and 4 off the Leaky boys)... I wouldn't discount his chances in that Virtual GC just yet.

All-in-all, very good day for Slovakia Smile
HuwB

The lowdown on the Sky debacle:
http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290,22762_7114830,00.html
Mrs John Murphy

Geox stinking up the place.
Boogerd_Fan

just came back online to apologize for the total FAIL in my post earlier.

GOLD = RED jersey! I'd forgotten the change.

Velits is Martin, not his twin brother Peter... so...meh, just domestique duties and not a GC contendor.
Mrs John Murphy

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
just came back online to apologize for the total FAIL in my post earlier.

GOLD = RED jersey! I'd forgotten the change.

Velits is Martin, not his twin brother Peter... so...meh, just domestique duties and not a GC contendor.


But according to Frodo he has veins that look like penises.

Besides, being on HGH means that no matter where you are in the GC you are on Hobbit nannying dutires.

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