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22 May 2013 00:09

The Hitch wrote:Im not saying the giro field was weak im saying the 2010 vuelta field was weak.
Anton crashed out.
Andy was there for about 1 week before he got thrown out by Riis for breaking curfew. During that time he got dropped on a hill which half the sprinters made it over.

One could also say that Menchov was there. Did **** all apart from podium the time trial and come top 10 on a hill stage, but he was there, I guess;)

What was left was a Purito who had done already a full seasons worth of racing before the vuelta began, Schleck the weaker post collarbone injury, Peter Velits, Eze, Tondo :(, Sastre post 2 other gts, Roche and 4 decent Caisse riders none of who was a real gt leader.

No way around it. A very weak field for gt standards.



Why the need to defend when my last sentence was "But yes it was a weak field'?
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22 May 2013 17:00

Tomorrow is Nibali's day for sure :D First stage win coming up.
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22 May 2013 18:13

I fear Evans might take it :(

60-40 in Nibali's favour.
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22 May 2013 18:16

Netserk wrote:I fear Evans might take it :(

60-40 in Nibali's favour.


lowering expectations I see

Nibali is the big favorite, Evans doesn't seem strong
"The second place is not good."
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22 May 2013 18:16

Nibali by about 15s for me.
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22 May 2013 18:24

Are you folks crazy?? Nibbs gonna wrap it up tomorrow on the MTT for sure. Evans won't get near him at all-Cuddles is barely waiting for Cenzo to have a bad day, so he can profit from it.
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22 May 2013 18:26

LaFlorecita wrote:lowering expectations I see

Nibali is the big favorite, Evans doesn't seem strong

Try to see Evans' history in MTTs. (okay not that fair. He has only ridden one while in form in his entire career.)

Nibali only got 2nd in '11 due to the flat part.
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22 May 2013 18:39

Netserk wrote:Try to see Evans' history in MTTs. (okay not that fair. He has only ridden one while in form in his entire career.)

Nibali only got 2nd in '11 due to the flat part.


He would've done better or worse without the flat??
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22 May 2013 18:43

LaFlorecita wrote:He would've done better or worse without the flat??

Worse without the flat part. He was far from the fastest up the mountain.

EDIT: Nibali had the best time at the time check after 5.3km
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22 May 2013 18:50

Yeah but in 2011 Nibali was not this good/ competition was weaker.

Relevant to the competition Nibali was barely better than most of the top 10 in the high mountains in 2011. Scarponi in his annus mirablis where he was on a wiggins half year peak.

This year he is clearly better than everyone.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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22 May 2013 21:05

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I think he looks absolutely fine, I don't know why you guys keep saying he looks gaunt like an old man:D
Btw, this is post-race stage 16 press conference
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23 May 2013 00:21

maxmartin wrote:Image

I think he looks absolutely fine, I don't know why you guys keep saying he looks gaunt like an old man:D
Btw, this is post-race stage 16 press conference


He looks like a Winning man eater :)
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Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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23 May 2013 00:31

He looks great there!!

It was after a bitterly cold, miserable day - thinking it was Saturday that he appeared gaunt and wasted. Anyways, it was only a temporary look.
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23 May 2013 00:35

Carols wrote:He looks like a Winning man eater :)
You're funny! :) He's looking like Il Padrone!
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23 May 2013 00:57

Carol S.
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Alberto Contador: "And yes, it is true that for me it's the same to finish second or 10th."

Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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23 May 2013 01:25

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23 May 2013 01:31

Ninouka wrote:The lovely Bradley Wiggins is NOT shark food.


Just having some fun :D
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Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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23 May 2013 01:40

I think Nibali looks good, fittest I have ever seen him.
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23 May 2013 15:19

Oh happy days! :)
"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LBsWCNE9I

Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TQdI7csHs
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23 May 2013 15:21

So I guess this is Nibali's "wonder year" à la Bertie/2009 ?
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