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Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 05:01

For the podium, we all know that Froome, Quintana, Valverde, Nibali, Landa, Aru, Pozzovivo, Bardet and Rodriguez will have their eyes on the GC overall victory. Still waiting for the confirmation from Van Garderen and Pinot. Only Contador, Porte and Uran are missing among the big names.

My top 5 Prediction is:
Quintana
Nibali
Froome
Valverde
Aru


Other riders that might crack the top 10 are Majka, Martin, Costa, Rolland, Sanchez, Barguil and Mollema. Frank, Talansky and Kelderman might also join the mix if they ride Vuelta.
And since riders with fresh legs perform well in Vuelta, we could also throw the names of Spilak, Van Den Broeke, Nieve, Bentacur, Moreno and Niemiec

Other GC names that will surely miss Vuelta are Hesjedal, Talansky, Konig, Kruijswijk and Caruso .
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26 Jul 2015 06:16

Post edited to remove the junk I posted.
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26 Jul 2015 06:19

Impossible to predict like a true Vuelta it seems it's time for a surprise winner again.
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26 Jul 2015 06:22

Edit: Was an reply to greenmonkeys initial post.
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26 Jul 2015 07:02

Majka to win.
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Re: Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 07:24

Riders that rode the TDF won't win.

No **** way can they recover from this hard race in 4 weeks.

Aru takes it.
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26 Jul 2015 07:38

Really strong lineup this year. Interesting that Astana have all of Nibali, Aru and Landa on the preliminary start list. Valverde and Rodriguez are usually stronger in the Vuelta than in the Tour. I have no idea how they aim to peak though. Rodriguez probably peaked for the Tour which means that his GC days are past him. Majka I think will be really strong.

Prediction:

1. Majka
2. Quintana
3. Landa
4. Valverde
5. Aru
6. Froome
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26 Jul 2015 08:31

Costa ain't doing the Vuelta.
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26 Jul 2015 08:56

Who's going to lead Astana? Aru and Nibali joint leaders, with Landa doing the donkey work despite probably climbing better?
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26 Jul 2015 09:00

Nobody competing has really shown they can be better in their second GT of the year apart from Valverde and Rodriguez. We've seen Froome fail in 2012, Aru wasn't good enough in 2014, Landa has pretty much come from nowhere so we don't know how he'll go, Quintana hasn't had a proper shot. Nibali wasn't as good in 2013 and with his new style of peaking I'm not sure what his form will be.

As seen in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the winner hasn't ridden a full GT prior to the Vuelta so they've been fresh. Therefore Pozzovivo is my pick for a podium.

This has got the making to be a really exciting GC battle
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26 Jul 2015 09:09

A lot of the mentioned names don't even ride Vuelta.
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26 Jul 2015 09:09

It's going to be really unpredictable. I will be anticipating this like crazy. The flat ITT will be key. Froome has a legit chance to do the Tour-Vuelta double.
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Re: Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 09:14

Landa will obiouvsly win unless there's a long ITT.
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26 Jul 2015 09:15

I'd be really impressed if Froome goes to Vuelta. With all the Criteriums he's meant to go to now it will really take a knock off form and time to prepare, just ask Niali last year. Or will Froome not turn up to those and be even more hated by the French?
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26 Jul 2015 09:19

Brullnux wrote:I'd be really impressed if Froome goes to Vuelta. With all the Criteriums he's meant to go to now it will really take a knock off form and time to prepare, just ask Niali last year. Or will Froome not turn up to those and be even more hated by the French?

Post-Tour criteriums are just fixed races. He can keep training and it's not like they're many. Usually just two or three for each rider.
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Re: Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 09:23

Tyr wrote:Landa will obiouvsly win unless there's a long ITT.


There's a 39km TT.
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26 Jul 2015 09:28

froome won't start if his shape doesn't allow to battle for the win or podium. aru and valverde are my favorites. :)
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26 Jul 2015 09:40

My prediction now is that Pozzovivo will podium if he is at the form we saw earlier this year, this has been his best year ever form-wise. Quintana will fade in the 39km TT and ship almost as much as Landa. The person who needs this win most is Nibali IMO, but Valverde and Murito will win plenty of stages in the first week which is once again littered with uphill sprints, maybe with Gerrans and Ulissi joining the battle for stage wins if fit.
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Re: Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 09:40

Froome,Nibali or Verde

no way Quintana and Aru will win with 39km ITT

Landa is going to lose 5minutes in the ITT

Unless NIbali chokes Aru and Landa are all going to work for him by the way,so their chances to win are limited from the start. I hope Astana won't be so weak and insecure again. Choose your damn captain and stick with it
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Re: Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

26 Jul 2015 09:48

Asero831 wrote:Other riders that might crack the top 10 are Majka, Martin, Costa, Rolland, Sanchez, Barguil and Mollema. Frank, Talansky and Kelderman might also join the mix if they ride Vuelta.
And since riders with fresh legs perform well in Vuelta, we could also throw the names of Spilak, Van Den Broeke, Nieve, Bentacur, Moreno and Niemiec

Other GC names that will surely miss Vuelta are Hesjedal, Talansky, Konig, Kruijswijk and Caruso .

So Talansky might crack the top 10 despite surely missing the race? A good rider he must be. ;)

Nonetheless, I hope he choses Vuelta over USAPC. He had troubled start of the season, but he was getting better towards the end of the Tour. That gives him a chance to continue upwards trend for Vuelta.
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