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2012 Vuelta. The Return of the King.

06 Feb 2012 18:09

(also known as the cheer up Fleur and El Pistolero thread:p)

In Science news, a giant step towards intergalactic travel was taken today as the Hubble telescope witnessed La Vuelta a Espana move at many times the speed of light into a whole new galaxy of importance.

The Great One will return, and he's not happy.

He wants revenge.

This thread is for speculation. Speculation regarding the Vuelta now that the scene has changed.


How many stages will Contador win? (more or less than 8?).

How many minutes will he win by?

How many tdf contenders will back out of the 2013 edition after seeing this display?

How many riders will finish outside the time limit on Bola del Mundo after Bertie flies up it like Apollo 15 on take off?

[SIZE="1"](Those who want to say - how many dope tests will he fail, thats taken ;))[/SIZE]

As to the other aspects of the race (if there are any), Igor Anton, sorry mate not this year either.

Joaquim Rodriguez - unlucky man. How do you choose, Tour with 90km tt or a Vuelta with Contador.

Ivan Basso - errr you still want to do the Vuelta?
The Hitch: Winner 2013 Vuelta cq game. Winner, Velorooms prediction game 2012, 2013. 2nd all time cq rankings.
The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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06 Feb 2012 18:20

7 stage wins

the second rider finishes in the gc at 11:45

robobasso who?!
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06 Feb 2012 18:22

I like this thread a lot! :)

How many stages will Contador win? (more or less than 8?).

I don't know how many stages there are he can win, but I'm gonna say 6

How many minutes will he win by?
9.

How many tdf contenders will back out of the 2013 edition after seeing this display?
5.

How many riders will finish outside the time limit on Bola del Mundo after Bertie flies up it like Apollo 15 on take off?

87.
"The second place is not good."
The great Alberto Contador :p
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06 Feb 2012 18:22

jens_attacks wrote:7 stage wins

the second rider finishes in the gc at 11:45

robobasso who?!


I like that prediction.
"The second place is not good."
The great Alberto Contador :p
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06 Feb 2012 18:29

Didnt think id be saying i look forward the the Vuelta more than any other GT
Its gona be good, im unsure what form Contador will come with, can he ride any warm up events? Burgos?
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06 Feb 2012 18:31

Anton will win. I will maintain it till 1.5 years after Madrid :(
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06 Feb 2012 18:31

La Florecita and Hitch, if you're both single, you should meet each other. Also beacuse Alberto is married. At least one passion you have in common, so who knows?
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06 Feb 2012 18:32

gilbertador wrote:Didnt think id be saying i look forward the the Vuelta more than any other GT
Its gona be good, im unsure what form Contador will come with, can he ride any warm up events? Burgos?


Burgos should be fine, otherwise maybe Portugal? And I'm sure the Spanish are happy to throw around a race in case its needed.
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06 Feb 2012 18:34

McLovin wrote:La Florecita and Hitch, if you're both single, you should meet each other. Also beacuse Alberto is married. At least one passion you have in common, so who knows?


I'm not sure how old Hitch is... And what has Alberto being married to do with this?
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06 Feb 2012 18:36

LaFlorecita wrote:I'm not sure how old Hitch is... And what has Alberto being married to do with this?


Judging by his later posts, he can't be more than 12.

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06 Feb 2012 18:37

Arnout wrote:Burgos should be fine, otherwise maybe Portugal? And I'm sure the Spanish are happy to throw around a race in case its needed.


Burgos ends on the day Alberto gets to ride again.

Portugal will begin the 15th, end the 26th and Vuelta starts the 18th.
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06 Feb 2012 18:37

McLovin wrote:Judging by his later posts, he can't be more than 12.

(my posts should be treated like a pamphlet)


Oh then he's a bit too young I guess. :rolleyes:
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06 Feb 2012 18:39

Contador will annihilate everybody in a manner not seen since Coppi in '52!
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06 Feb 2012 18:41

Hugo Koblet wrote:Contador will annihilate everybody in a manner not seen since Coppi in '52!


This sound like something heared before........yeah, yeah...I heard it before 2011 Tour regarding Contador and before every Tour Toni Martin starts :) It's a tradition, like Easter and Groundhog Day.
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06 Feb 2012 18:41

Arnout wrote:Burgos should be fine, otherwise maybe Portugal? And I'm sure the Spanish are happy to throw around a race in case its needed.


Burgos is August 1-5 this year, so no dice.

The Volta is too close for the Vuelta, and overlaps - August 15 to 26. They moved it later (a move I approve of) because it means they can pick up the Spanish Continental teams that don't do the Vuelta, who normally are in Burgos instead. But it means no Alberto, much as though it would be AMAZING to have Contador rock up and smash everybody on the Alto da Torre.

The calendar date change means he could probably do San Sebastián (it's on the 14th), but that's just a one-day race.

Probably the best race he can do is the Tour de l'Ain (August 7 to 11) - it finishes with a climb of the Col du Grand-Colombier so will at least give him the chance to stretch his mountain legs.

I'd suggest that Ain - Donostia - Vuelta is the way to go, giving him 6 days of racing to find his feet.
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06 Feb 2012 18:44

Libertine Seguros wrote:Burgos is August 1-5 this year, so no dice.

The Volta is too close for the Vuelta, and overlaps - August 15 to 26. They moved it later (a move I approve of) because it means they can pick up the Spanish Continental teams that don't do the Vuelta, who normally are in Burgos instead. But it means no Alberto, much as though it would be AMAZING to have Contador rock up and smash everybody on the Alto da Torre.

The calendar date change means he could probably do San Sebastián (it's on the 14th), but that's just a one-day race.

Probably the best race he can do is the Tour de l'Ain (August 7 to 11) - it finishes with a climb of the Col du Grand-Colombier so will at least give him the chance to stretch his mountain legs.

I'd suggest that Ain - Donostia - Vuelta is the way to go, giving him 6 days of racing to find his feet.



http://www.velowire.com/UCIwielerkalender/wedstrijd/496/eneco-tour.html

He'd have 2 extra racing days then.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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06 Feb 2012 18:46

Arnout wrote:Burgos should be fine, otherwise maybe Portugal? And I'm sure the Spanish are happy to throw around a race in case its needed.

Contador riding Volta a Portugal. Now that would be just awsome. Poor Ricardo Mestre :D

El Pistolero wrote:http://www.velowire.com/UCIwielerkalender/wedstrijd/496/eneco-tour.html

He'd have 2 extra racing days then.


Yes:) Just a taste for Flanders in 2013!
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06 Feb 2012 18:47

El Pistolero wrote:http://www.velowire.com/UCIwielerkalender/wedstrijd/496/eneco-tour.html

He'd have 2 extra racing days then.


Yeah, but that's nothing for Alberto. He needs climbs to prepare well.
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06 Feb 2012 18:51

I am so happy that the Vuelta will have alot of mountains in it. Will this be a copy of the 2011 Giro?
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06 Feb 2012 18:51

LaFlorecita wrote:Yeah, but that's nothing for Alberto. He needs climbs to prepare well.


He barely touched a bike after the Tour last year and still won the 2 mountain stages in San Luis. Now he'll train like crazy, get those racing days in his legs(especially the more important time trial testing) and blow everyone away.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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