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Vuelta Stage 19 Noja > Bilbao 158.5km

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





HuwB

As I suspected, this is quite an evil 2nd cat climb.
More than enough for fireworks, next time around.

Very, very, very hot for Bilbao.
39C on the road.
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
As I suspected, this is quite an evil 2nd cat climb.
More than enough for fireworks, next time around.

Very, very, very hot for Bilbao.
39C on the road.


And your link from yesterday is working nicely Smile

http://sports-livez.com/channel/ch-7.php
Fontfroide

I thought some Basque guys might have a go.  Good luck to them.
HuwB

Poels already dropped the first time around.
Carnage to follow.
So much for the racing having nothing in the back end.
kathy

Climbs in the Basque country usually have a sting in the tail!
smarauder68

Hoping Froome can take a few more secs from Cobo...I can't imagine Cobo descending very well at 105 lbs...
cyclingtv

who would of thought  the vuelta
might be decided on this last climb..

and as sm69 'bets' the following descent..
smarauder68

Its vitally important that Froome and company make the catch so Froome can contend for the bonus time...looks like it's gonna be close!
HuwB

Looks like Wiggins is still protected and that we have a Sky fail coming up.
Fontfroide

I thought some Basque guys might have a go.  Good luck to them.
cyclingtv

imo.. it will all be coming back together by the end..

anton's trying to salvage some honour.. let's wish him luck..
smarauder68

I'm getting varying reports on the gap...can't watch on TV at the moment so I'm reading the cycling news feed...but the gaps are confusing at the moment...if its over 2 minutes, its too much...the break will stay away.
smarauder68

17:22:03 CEST
Froome attacks, and Cobo follows him!

Doped or clean, Froome is becoming my favorite cyclist!
cyclingtv

anton over the top about 1:52 ahead of the chasing  peloton
right away froom attacks out of the group and cobo follows
smarauder68

hmmm...did Froome and Cobo catch 2nd on the road??? They could be sprinting for some huge bonus seconds.
cyclingtv

nope.. 6 km to go..

Bruseghin is second on the road about 30 seconds behind anton

froom group is 3rd, 4th and 5th about 2 minutes behind anton
HuwB

Anton has it in the bag.
Sky continue to employ a one dimensional game plan.
smarauder68

Can somebody do a better job than Cycling News and articulate the situation on the road?

For example: Anton....then Bruseghin @32 secs...then peloton @ 2:00 min?

How many in the peloton???
cyclingtv

what does that matter?
smarauder68

So, 3rd place gets 4 secs??? 8??? How much does Froome need to beat Cobo by?
Fontfroide

Igorrrrr!
cyclingtv

ignore this post..
smarauder68

17:37:26 CEST
This is a huge moment for Basque cycling. The celebration awesome. -


Why is it so huge??? The guy was supposed to win the entire Vuelta...Its not like they never won anything before..
kathy

Scott, you should study a bit more about what's going on.  The Vuelta hasn't been back to the Basque country for over 30 years, and a Basque has won in his own backyard - of course it's historic!
HuwB

Same time gap at the start of the climb, as when the group finished.
The bomb that Sky planted on the first ascent, turned out to be a dud.

Never mind, Quebec is on in 45 minutes.
smarauder68

kathy wrote:
Scott, you should study a bit more about what's going on.  The Vuelta hasn't been back to the Basque country for over 30 years, and a Basque has won in his own backyard - of course it's historic!


Thanks Kathy, I dind't know the Vuelta was afraid of going there...was it over fears of bombings or their way of punishing the Basques for wanting automony?

By the way, I met a Basque guy here in Miami who plays jai-alai professionally...I didn't know it was a basque sport, originally.  

Anyway, I asked him about the seperatist movement, but he said he's from the French part of the basque region and they don't want anything to do with the Spanish basques movement...
cyclingtv

sm.. how much of your life doesn't revolve around betting sports? just curious..
Slapshot 3

kathy wrote:
Scott, you should study a bit more about what's going on.  The Vuelta hasn't been back to the Basque country for over 30 years, and a Basque has won in his own backyard - of course it's historic!


I seem to remember a "debate" on the beeb boards where our Scotty berated the Basque region, Berg and Euskatel for never signing riders from outwith the Basque region....... got quite nasty from what I remember Wink

I think it's great that La Vuelta has gone back in to Pais Vasco, it's a beautiful part of Spain and the terrain for a brilliant race as we've just seen.
smarauder68

Slapshot 3 wrote:
kathy wrote:
Scott, you should study a bit more about what's going on.  The Vuelta hasn't been back to the Basque country for over 30 years, and a Basque has won in his own backyard - of course it's historic!


I seem to remember a "debate" on the beeb boards where our Scotty berated the Basque region, Berg and Euskatel for never signing riders from outwith the Basque region....... got quite nasty from what I remember Wink

I think it's great that La Vuelta has gone back in to Pais Vasco, it's a beautiful part of Spain and the terrain for a brilliant race as we've just seen.


Yeah, people tried to paint me as a basque hater...but I was simply arguing against their exclusionary policies...I think there are better ways of preserving culture and heritage...such as tomato fights or running and slaughtering defenseless bulls...but if you endeavor to compete at the highest levels of sport, you shouldn't limit yourself to a small group, based on race or ethnicity...just my take.
Bartali

smarauder68 wrote:
I think there are better ways of preserving culture and heritage...such as tomato fights or running and slaughtering defenseless bulls...


Scott, I miss your prose - truely brilliant!  Smile
cyclingtv

yea scott, it's sad they slaughter defenseless bulls and not the
dangerous ones that given the chance would gore you to death..
smarauder68

cyclingtv wrote:
yea scott, it's sad they slaughter defenseless bulls and not the
dangerous ones that given the chance would gore you to death..


You ever see what happens to the Bulls AFTER they reach the stadium???

Not a pretty sight...but I still think that horrific ritual is a better "cultural" ritual than excluding others to participate in their teams.
cyclingtv

sm, you must be a vegan and/or have never been inside a abattoir..
huh.. negative to both for me.. abattoirs ooze the smell of death 24/7..
imagine if you thought about that whenever you bite into a piece of flesh..
Slapshot 3

cyclingtv wrote:
sm, you must be a vegan and/or have never been inside a abattoir..
huh.. negative to both for me.. abattoirs ooze the smell of death 24/7..
imagine if you thought about that whenever you bite into a piece of flesh..


They have to do what they have to do......as long as they don't damage the fillet... Wink  (Meat eater and proud of it!!)
smarauder68

cyclingtv wrote:
sm, you must be a vegan and/or have never been inside a abattoir..
huh.. negative to both for me.. abattoirs ooze the smell of death 24/7..
imagine if you thought about that whenever you bite into a piece of flesh..


Not a vegan, but I admit I find myself rooting for the Bulls in Pamplona and other cities across Espana and Mexico.
Mrs John Murphy

SM please stay. Life is far too dull when you are not around to amuse us.

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