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Re: Team Movistar-thread

28 Aug 2017 10:01

mariposa wrote:Hopefully Ruben Fernandez is saving himself for the second part of the race. I saw him on the climb in Cuenca and he looked pretty easy, no point in pushing as other team members were in the break. The stage after the rest day is in his home territory so perhaps that is the stage he is targeting. He was in the group behind Valverde on the climb over the Collado Bermejo in the Tour of Murcia and knows the descent into Alhama de Murcia really well. I just hope that the rain forecast doesn't cause any issues as he does seem to be a bit accident prone.


You missed him crashing pretty hard?
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28 Aug 2017 13:53

Bala arrived to lift moral a bit in the team. I'm expecting better second half of the race, although stage win isn't going to be easy.
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Re: Team Movistar-thread

28 Aug 2017 14:25

Bala went on a ride with the squad and looked smooth. In a short video while riding, he also said something like "Prepare yourself, Froome"

:D :D :D What a legend!
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Re: Team Movistar-thread

28 Aug 2017 14:46

You missed him crashing pretty hard?[/quote]

I haven't seen any TV coverage for a few days so was it after the last climb or before? He looked ok on the climb and no obvious signs of any problems or injuries. He can be a bit accident prone so not really surprised!
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Re: Team Movistar-thread

28 Aug 2017 17:01

Movitrain wrote:Bala went on a ride with the squad and looked smooth. In a short video while riding, he also said something like "Prepare yourself, Froome"

:D :D :D What a legend!

What an absolute legend!
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29 Aug 2017 07:38

I think they clearly target the team GC, which they currently lead.
In the vuelta the breakaways often success, and Movistar have 5 strong climbers able to perform in montains. They can send 2 every day, take time easily in the team GC and probably win at least one stage.
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29 Aug 2017 07:50

Yes the team GC is an obvious goal. Just continue sending people up the road and they should win that, but I still believe this team easily can win a few stages.
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29 Aug 2017 13:19

Soler to win today!
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29 Aug 2017 15:35

Rojas probably could not have won anyway, but my god that finale was poorly ridden.
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29 Aug 2017 16:14

tobydawq wrote:Rojas probably could not have won anyway, but my god that finale was poorly ridden.

Yes, he would have been smoked no matter what he did. But it was weird indeed.

Soler a little under par today, but the stage wasn't really hard enough and the rouleur types obviously spent a lot less going into Collada Bermejo. He has also used a fair amount of horsepower already and this attempt means that my prediction of a Soler victory on Calar Alto goes down the drain. Too bad. :p But he tried and these efforts will benefit him in the long run.
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29 Aug 2017 16:29

Tomorrow is Lil Richie and Pedrero's turn again
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29 Aug 2017 16:31

ice&fire wrote:Tomorrow is Lil Richie and Pedrero's turn again

Sad that we expect more from these GT-virgins instead of Ruben Fernandez and Dani Moreno.
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29 Aug 2017 16:38

Both Fernández and Moreno have suffered crashes and seem to be below their best.
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29 Aug 2017 16:39

Yeah, but its still pretty much in line with the rest of their seasons...
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30 Aug 2017 07:52

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30 Aug 2017 09:18



I heard a rumour about this a few months back. Let's hope that it comes to pass sooner rather than later. The worry is that if is isn't next year will it really happen the year after?
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30 Aug 2017 09:38

and some very bad news.the herrada brothers will go to cofidis.
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30 Aug 2017 10:05

capuldemetal wrote:and some very bad news.the herrada brothers will go to cofidis.


So ... how much did Landa cost? :lol:
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Re: Team Movistar-thread

30 Aug 2017 10:09

As far as I'm concerned, Unzue directly approached Abarca about the possibility of adding Landa two months ago, and they were going to add a certain amount of money so Landa can be signed without crippling the rest of their roster. That plan seems to have gone out of the window now, unless they'll sign a string of good replacements. The question is, who are those guys going to be, the market doesn't offer a lot (Cannondale folding would ofc change that to a degree).

About the Herrada brothers, José didn't really do anything lately, so I understand him leaving, Jesús was still promising for smaller races though, so he's a minor loss for the team.
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30 Aug 2017 11:06

capuldemetal wrote:and some very bad news.the herrada brothers will go to cofidis.


I had read that Movistar didn't want to keep Jose. I suppose brotherly love won out with Jesus leaving as well. Bit surprised to see them go to Cofidis but could be a good move for them particularly for Jesus being given more freedom.
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