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18 Feb 2013 13:40

Ryo Hazuki wrote:if it was a belgian who usually sucks in itt's then no :rolleyes:

In 2011 Uran got 18th in the Dauphine ITT, so I wouldn't say he sucks.
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18 Feb 2013 16:05

I went to see the ITT yesterday in Tavira, and it was a nice experience. I was positively surprised by the amount of people who turned out. First it wasn't that many but by the end there was quite a crowd. Granted, it was Sunday, but I had been to the ITT of Paris-Nice two years ago and there were very few people, so I wasn't expecting much at all.

We stood at the finish and the nice thing was that they had put the barriers really close together so you were very close to the riders. I had also been to the prologue of the Tour 2006 in Strasbourg, and there it had been large boulevards so if you were on the wrong side you were screwed.

Overall the organization seemed really good, except for the fact that they didn't have an announcer like in the French races. Also there was nothing that showed the time of the riders, so you were left guessing. In this particular case the suspense wasn't too high of course, but it would have still been nice to get some updates.

The ambiance was pretty good, especially when the local riders from the Tavira team came by. A lot of you will probably know this but I was surprised to see that basically none of the continental teams had TT bikes. Some of them had TT handlebars, a lot of them didn't even have those. I just thought I'd mention it so you consider that when you look at the results. The demographics of the spectators were quite mixed, a lot of old men but also children, both were making a lot of noice and having fun. Also some Dutch, Germans and mostly Brits, there seem to be a lot of Brits living in Tavira.

After the race, the ambiance at the winner's ceremony was quite good too, even though no Portuguese had won. Rui Costa was up there though and he had his fanclub along who made noise. I was very pleasantly surprised by Tony Martin. I had never seen him this up close and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy, joking on the podium with Kwiatkowski, and very friendly while talking to fans. Definitely seems like a top bloke.

Since this was such a small event, everything was very accessible too. A lot of riders walked right past us, such as Boaro for example and Nizzolo. Oliveira was driving the Radioshack team car afterwards, I think him and Zubeldia went and got it while they waited for Nizzolo and Azevedo.

Overall I had a great time and I am happy I went! People in this town were also very friendly, I had a good bifana sandwich but unfortunately no Super Bock :( Next time!

I will now post some pictures. I have a lot of them, unfortunately I rarely know which rider it was because I didn't have a startlist and most of them I don't recognize :o I have a normal digital camera, nothing professional.
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18 Feb 2013 16:07

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18 Feb 2013 16:28

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18 Feb 2013 16:29

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18 Feb 2013 16:39

Christian wrote:I went to see the ITT yesterday in Tavira, and it was a nice experience. I was positively surprised by the amount of people who turned out. First it wasn't that many but by the end there was quite a crowd. Granted, it was Sunday, but I had been to the ITT of Paris-Nice two years ago and there were very few people, so I wasn't expecting much at all.

We stood at the finish and the nice thing was that they had put the barriers really close together so you were very close to the riders. I had also been to the prologue of the Tour 2006 in Strasbourg, and there it had been large boulevards so if you were on the wrong side you were screwed.

Overall the organization seemed really good, except for the fact that they didn't have an announcer like in the French races. Also there was nothing that showed the time of the riders, so you were left guessing. In this particular case the suspense wasn't too high of course, but it would have still been nice to get some updates.

The ambiance was pretty good, especially when the local riders from the Tavira team came by. A lot of you will probably know this but I was surprised to see that basically none of the continental teams had TT bikes. Some of them had TT handlebars, a lot of them didn't even have those. I just thought I'd mention it so you consider that when you look at the results. The demographics of the spectators were quite mixed, a lot of old men but also children, both were making a lot of noice and having fun. Also some Dutch, Germans and mostly Brits, there seem to be a lot of Brits living in Tavira.

After the race, the ambiance at the winner's ceremony was quite good too, even though no Portuguese had won. Rui Costa was up there though and he had his fanclub along who made noise. I was very pleasantly surprised by Tony Martin. I had never seen him this up close and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy, joking on the podium with Kwiatkowski, and very friendly while talking to fans. Definitely seems like a top bloke.

Since this was such a small event, everything was very accessible too. A lot of riders walked right past us, such as Boaro for example and Nizzolo. Oliveira was driving the Radioshack team car afterwards, I think him and Zubeldia went and got it while they waited for Nizzolo and Azevedo.

Overall I had a great time and I am happy I went! People in this town were also very friendly, I had a good bifana sandwich but unfortunately no Super Bock :( Next time!

I will now post some pictures. I have a lot of them, unfortunately I rarely know which rider it was because I didn't have a startlist and most of them I don't recognize :o I have a normal digital camera, nothing professional.

Cool story and nice read :)
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18 Feb 2013 16:54

Netserk wrote:Cool story and nice read :)


Thanks! Here are some more pictures:

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18 Feb 2013 18:00

Thanks a million for the story and pics, Christian.

Very interesting.
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19 Feb 2013 11:14

Netserk wrote:In 2011 Uran got 18th in the Dauphine ITT, so I wouldn't say he sucks.


last year in final giro itt when it mattered he was horrible, while as only 19 years old he already won a itt in pro field with unibet in euskal bizikleta, he was always a massive itt talent but with caisse he lost it all, now hopefully is getting back
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19 Feb 2013 19:39

Image

rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share
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19 Feb 2013 19:45

Parrulo wrote:Image

rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share


Great action shot indeed. Thanks.
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19 Feb 2013 20:14

Parrulo wrote:rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share


Thx Parrulo, great picture. Couldn't see any Schleck doing this right now, neither father nor son(s).....
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19 Feb 2013 23:07

Parrulo wrote:rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share


Great picture, I'm a big fan of Rui Costa and not just because he's portuguese: I like tactics and smart racing and he's great in that regard. Just like Pirlo in football: why running if I can play just walking around the field? :p I like that souplesse . Also he seemed like a great guy the only time I saw him.
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19 Feb 2013 23:09

Ryo Hazuki wrote:last year in final giro itt when it mattered he was horrible, while as only 19 years old he already won a itt in pro field with unibet in euskal bizikleta, he was always a massive itt talent but with caisse he lost it all, now hopefully is getting back


In that euzkal.bizkleta tt the last 12 guys weren't allowed to start because of.rain.
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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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20 Feb 2013 00:12

Parrulo wrote:Image

rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share


Great pic. I think I saw Machado's girlfriend (?) absolutely screaming at him on Malhao as he was drifting back towards the pack after initially going with Henao and Rui Costa. Felt a bit sorry for him.
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20 Feb 2013 00:22

JRanton wrote: I think I saw Machado's girlfriend (?) absolutely screaming at him on Malhao as he was drifting back towards the pack after initially going with Henao and Rui Costa. Felt a bit sorry for him.


Why, was she not that hot?
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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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20 Feb 2013 08:12

The Hitch wrote:In that euzkal.bizkleta tt the last 12 guys weren't allowed to start because of.rain.


so? the best itt guys had already started and finished. he still beat isidro nozal and santos gonzalez and many others, who were very strong in that era
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08 May 2013 08:54

Parrulo wrote:Image

rui costa on the malhão with his father running and cheering for him behind.

thought it would be a cool pic to share


Rui Costa will podium Tour this year, i have no doubts about that
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