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17 Jun 2013 10:34

is costa a GT rider tho?? :confused: I've heard people saying he's just a one week rider. regardless he climbs well and tt's well so could develop into a gt rider. He's a relative unknown for me at gts apart from the fight with barredo hehe :D
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17 Jun 2013 10:38

Who will lead Movistar at the Tour?
Valverde? Quintana for KoM?
Or just let the road decide?
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17 Jun 2013 10:39

is costa a GT rider tho?? :confused: I've heard people saying he's just a one week rider. regardless he climbs well and tt's well so could develop into a gt rider anyway. He's a relative unknown for me at gts apart from the fight with barredo hehe :D
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17 Jun 2013 13:47

PedalCastro wrote:Who will lead Movistar at the Tour?
Valverde? Quintana for KoM?
Or just let the road decide?


Valverde will. Costa and Quintana will save themselves during the first thing and see how things go on the first mountain stages. If they perform above the expectations then they will be given freedom, if not, they will domestique for Valverde.

nick101 wrote:is costa a GT rider tho?? :confused: I've heard people saying he's just a one week rider. regardless he climbs well and tt's well so could develop into a gt rider anyway. He's a relative unknown for me at gts apart from the fight with barredo hehe :D


I don't think he is a GT rider, he will struggle on the real tough mountain stages imo. Although he has been getting much better on that regard and he clearly stepped up this year so you never know. A low end top 10 could be reachable.

The stage he won the year after the Barredo fight was a great. Easily outclassed TJVG and held off Vino and the Peloton on the way to super besse.
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17 Jun 2013 17:21

Movistar just posted on facebook that the baby Costa took to the podium yesterday was the baby of a couple Costa is close friends with, and the baby despite being only a little over 1 year old has been battling with cancer for months. So Costa promised them that if he won Suisse again he would take the baby to the podium with him.

And he delivered :cool:

Also portuguese eurosport says that a new deal with movistar is close and Unzue is just gathering the money from the sponsors to officialize the offer.
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17 Jun 2013 17:49

Can we get the title of this thread changed to the "Just how awesome is Rui thread"? :D
Seriously though, very cool of him to do that. Also glad to hear signs that he will be staying with Movistar.
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17 Jun 2013 23:07

Well done Rui, i hope you leave Movistar and go somewhere where you would be a leader maybe OPQS with Uran if it goes through. I mean no way will Rui have freedom in the TDF yes he may go for 1 stage but i cant see Movistar having a bad TDF, which is what Rui would need to have freedom. I think Valverde or Quintana will be off the podium but if 1 is in top 5 surely he will have to stay and help. Such a classy rider 2 TdS is some achievement. He beat a supposed big hope in the TDF TJVG, no chance TJ in this parcours. Will Rui ride Vuelta after or do the Fall classics and then ride the Worlds.
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18 Jun 2013 11:03

I don't see Valverde in the top 5... Movistar have a strong team though
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18 Jun 2013 11:22

PedalCastro wrote:I don't see Valverde in the top 5... Movistar have a strong team though


he'll be a factor tho most likely. Could you see Quintana in top 5 then??
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18 Jun 2013 15:59

Dont know about Valverde. I think Vuelta suits him better. In Tour the mountain stages are long and with many climbes. In Vuelta its often just one climb in the end of the stages, and the climbs are steeper.

One cant rule him of though. But I think he will realise a top-result isnt possible back Quintana, aim for stage win and then win the Vuelta.

Quintana has a very good chance of top 5 and even challenge for the poduim.

Costa which this thread is about shall focus on helping his captains and go for stages, unless he has made a major improvment since last year.
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18 Jun 2013 20:22

nick101 wrote:he'll be a factor tho most likely. Could you see Quintana in top 5 then??


I could see Quintana there, it depends if he has to work for Valverde though
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19 Jun 2013 14:10

Valverde. He will be their best chance of a top 5 which is a big if. The other two are improving but not this year.
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30 Jun 2013 16:22

Did Rui fell?
Didn't see the stage but just saw the results and he lost 17 min?
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30 Jun 2013 16:26

66th at 1 second.
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30 Jun 2013 17:04

He fell yesterday and hurt his hand a bit and got some road rash, but today he said that his hand barely hurt and he should be back to 100% in the next couple of days.

He was well positioned on the climb today so that's promising
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30 Jun 2013 17:29

Somar13 wrote:Did Rui fell?
Didn't see the stage but just saw the results and he lost 17 min?


That was just a bug. He is at 1sec. :)
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30 Jun 2013 17:53

thanx (10char)
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15 Jul 2013 17:46

I didn't get his "attack" yesterday. What did that suppose to be?

He's much weaker then I thought after Tour de Suisse.

I think he'll try to win a stage.
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15 Jul 2013 18:17

He said he wasn't feeling great yesterday so since a good GC placement was no longer possible anyway he decided to push a hard tempo for a small bit of time setting up Quintana's attack, which happened just a couple hundred meters after and then he rode the rest of the climb at recovery pace. Count on him to try and win a stage from the breakaway this week.
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15 Jul 2013 18:25

Parrulo wrote:He said he wasn't feeling great yesterday so since a good GC placement was no longer possible anyway he decided to push a hard tempo for a small bit of time setting up Quintana's attack, which happened just a couple hundred meters after and then he rode the rest of the climb at recovery pace. Count on him to try and win a stage from the breakaway this week.


That was really really tiny bit :) Someone could think you confuse Costa with Velits :)
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