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15 Apr 2017 17:20

So, I guess you could argue that there was a slight Danish dominance in stage 4 of the Tour du Loir et Cher...

1. Kamp, Alexander (Den) - Team Veloconcept
2. Vinther, Troels (Den) - Riwal Platform Cycling Team (st)
3. Vingegaard Rasmussen, Jonas (Den) - ColoQuick CULT (st)
4. Klaris, Magnus Bak (Den) - ColoQuick CULT (st)
5. Guldhammer, Rasmus (Den) - Team Veloconcept (st)
6. Galta, Fredrik Strand (Nor) - Team Coop (0:29)
7. Rostollan, Thomas (Fra) - Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre (0:46)
8. Trondsen, Trond (Nor) - Team Sparebanken Sør (1:10)
9. Frame, Alex (NZL) - JLT Condor (1:18)
10. Clausen, Patrick (Den) - Riwal Platform Cycling Team (st)
Aka The Ginger One.
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20 Apr 2017 10:53

That. Was. STUPID!

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Aka The Ginger One.
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20 Apr 2017 22:50


You are Carlton Kirby and I claim my five pounds.
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29 Apr 2017 15:50

Weimar Roldan takes the first stage of Asturias!
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29 Apr 2017 16:16

medellin will destroy these races. i hope oscar can beat nairo on acebo.
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30 Apr 2017 17:43

Well, top 10 for Cara de Niño, but he couldn't beat Nairito.

W52 have been markedly more prominent outside of Portugal than usual this season, though - of course their biggest joy has been at home, with Amaro's win on the Alto do Malhão, but while Dayer opened up proceedings with his attack, when his brother made the decisive move the only one with him was Raúl Alarcón, who was 3rd in the Trofeu Agostinho and 4th in the Volta last year - also Gustavo César Veloso was in the break of the day (!).

Alarcón was 5" ahead of Nairo in stage 1 so assumes the race lead. But the most interesting thing to note is 21-year-old amateur Fernando Barcelo in 3rd place on the stage, just 30" back - he's been top 5 in two big amateur climbing races in Spain already this season, the Memorial Balenziaga and the GP Torredonjimeno. He was 2nd in the Subida a Gorla last year and looks like a genuine climbing prospect, however he lost a bunch of time yesterday so is not a GC relevance; Alejandro Marque, Sérgio Pardilla, João Benta, Óscar Sevilla and Ricardo Mestre on the other hand are dangerously close at hand. The remaining single stage, from Cangas del Narcea to Oviedo, is only 120km in length and only has two small climbs, La Cabruñana and El Violeo, though the latter is less than 10km from the line and potentially decisive:

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30 Apr 2017 19:07

Libertine Seguros wrote:But the most interesting thing to note is 21-year-old amateur Fernando Barcelo in 3rd place on the stage, just 30" back - he's been top 5 in two big amateur climbing races in Spain already this season, the Memorial Balenziaga and the GP Torredonjimeno. He was 2nd in the Subida a Gorla last year and looks like a genuine climbing prospect, however he lost a bunch of time yesterday so is not a GC relevance;

Someone on this forum mentioned him as a great prospect back in 2014 or 15, after he had won the junior national TT, tipping him to win some prestigious amateur climbing race, I think (which he didn't, as far as I remember). Since then I've been checking on Barcelo's progress every once in a while, and this is the first time I've fully understood why he was so highly rated by that poster back then. :)
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30 Apr 2017 19:17

I've been following his progress since he joined the Fundacion Contador youth team some years ago so I'm really excited to see him perform so well :)
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30 Apr 2017 20:11

Sevilla would have followed nairo but he had a mechanical
W52 went nuclear today, it will be very hard for nairo to win this.
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30 Apr 2017 20:32

Libertine Seguros wrote:however he lost a bunch of time yesterday so is not a GC relevance[/img]


He went down the wrong road. By the time he came back the pack was gone.
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01 May 2017 11:38

Nairito tried his best, attacking on El Violeo, but was unable to shake Alarcón, who eventually managed to gap the chase and take the win solo in the leader's jersey to put an exclamation point on his overall GC win. Alejandro Marque was the other one who could go with Quintana's attack, but the elites came back together on the short descent into Oviedo. With the aid of bonus seconds, the evergreen El Niño Óscar Sevilla managed to haul himself up from 6th onto the GC podium, but posing nothing remotely like a challenge to Alarcón and Quintana.

It's the first time the race has been won by an extranjero team since Tino Zaballa escaped the clutches of Duarte's Colombia es Pasión team in 2010, since then Movistar and Caja Rural have been taking it in turns (Moreno, Txurruka and Carthy for Caja Rural, Intxausti and Antón for Movistar) until Alarcón's imposition this week.

Stage result:
1 Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto) ESP 2'48'12
2 Óscar Sevilla (Medellín-Inder) ESP +7"
3 João Benta (Radio Popular-Boavista) POR +7"
4 Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) ESP +10"
5 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) COL +15"
6 Benjami Prades (Team Ukyo) ESP +40"
7 José Herrada (Movistar) ESP +40"
8 Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto) POR +40"
9 Alejandro Marque (Sporting-Tavira) ESP +40"
10 Mikel Iturria (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) ESP +40"

The GC issued by the officials is weird, and doesn't tally up mathematically; it appears to have confused the two Quintana brothers as it promotes Sevilla and Benta above Nairo based on the time gaps Dayer had. Nairo is in fact in 2nd on the GC and was on the podium accordingly. Still waiting on confirmation if Dayer was in the group at +40" or not as he's gone walkabout from the GC as a result of the confusion. Movistar have now corrected their tweet that said Nairo was 2nd on the GC between Alarcón and Sevilla to say he was in fact 2nd on the GC between Alarcón and Benta - confusion seems to reign - it looks like Óscar and João are tied on time once bonuses are factored in, so it comes down to placements?

Further edit: looks like we have a reissued GC that makes much more sense, and Niño is restored to the podium.

1 Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto) ESP 12'20'42
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) COL +32"
3 Óscar Sevilla (Medellín-Inder) ESP +1'07"
4 João Benta (Radio Popular-Boavista) POR +1'07"
5 Alejandro Marque (Sporting-Tavira) ESP +1'40"
6 Sérgio Pardilla (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) ESP +1'42"
7 Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto) POR +1'50"
8 Ricardo Vilela (Manzana-Postobon) POR +2'10"
9 Joaquim Silva (W52-FC Porto) POR +2'17"
10 Hernán Ricardo Aguirre (Manzana-Postobon) COL +2'46"

It looks like, after a rough few years, Asturias is back where it belongs - late April timeslot, Alto del Acebo MTF, and a GC punctuated heavily by Portuguese and Colombian guest teams.
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01 May 2017 11:48

https://twitter.com/TRITOBANK/status/859004030051397632

Looks like Gewiss-Ballan eating Huy alive. :redface:
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01 May 2017 12:05

Mightily impressive for a 31 year old, who hadn't done anything noteworthy in his life, to not just stay with Nairo, but also beat him with rather ease. What a talent. Future Vuelta winner for sure.
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DNP-Old wrote:Mightily impressive for a 31 year old, who hadn't done anything noteworthy in his life, to not just stay with Nairo, but also beat him with rather ease. What a talent. Future Vuelta winner for sure.

*Volta

He looks like the perfect candidate for that and he'll reach his peak for that in about four years' time. All joking aside though, he won a mountain stage of the Volta back in 2013 and has become César's right hand man in August since Délio went to France, and since this is one of the few shop windows that the Portuguese teams get, they quite often go ballistic in Asturias, or they used to before the downturn, the race seems to be getting back to its old role - while they do all the Spanish races, they tend to go best at the Asturias-Madrid period in late April-early May because the teams like Movistar don't have guys tuning up for País Vasco and the Ardennes in the team at that point, they're either resting or preparing for the Giro. And hey, if David Belda and Victor de la Parte can get promotions to higher levels at that age...
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01 May 2017 12:36

BREAKING NEWS: Team Sky is ditching Landani and G Thomas and will hire Alarcón to challenge Quintana in the 100th Giro. After that, lieutenant to Chris Froome at the Tour.
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01 May 2017 12:45

DNP-Old wrote:Mightily impressive for a 31 year old, who hadn't done anything noteworthy in his life, to not just stay with Nairo, but also beat him with rather ease. What a talent. Future Vuelta winner for sure.


Not the only Spaniard in his 30's riding for a small team who is going nuclear in the last few years. My guess is he'll use the coming 14 years as one big prep race and show Papi Horner how it's really done.
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01 May 2017 12:51

Thanks for the great update, LS!

Great to see Nairo fine tuning himself, attacking on every stage and winning the most important one. I'd obviously have loved to see him win the overall GC (he would then have an impressive palmarés of Spanish stage races - still has tho) but hats off to Alarcon, thats mightily impressive even though Nairo obviously isn't firing on all cylinders yet at this point. Must have been a very entertaining race to watch.
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01 May 2017 14:04

This was mental. Let's hope it won't end like milaneza.
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