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Vuelta a Andalucía 2013 (17th - 20th February)

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17 Feb 2013 12:16

Robert Gesink ‏@RGUpdate

Start of Ruta: When I got on the start podium it started raining, now the roads are dry again. #notmyday #badtime

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17 Feb 2013 12:17

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Valverde!!!



Nice one!!!! This should be his race.

All GC guys except Wiggo showing themselves already :)

Where is Ryder racing?
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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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17 Feb 2013 12:18

Carols wrote:
Where is Ryder racing?


Hawaii. He will be ready.
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17 Feb 2013 12:23

theyoungest wrote:Except that it's his 3d race day.

VDB is a pretty good prologue rider, BTW. He was 2nd or 3d here before.


When this prologue still had a hill he was 3rd, but on the flat he's normally not that good.
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17 Feb 2013 12:27

theyoungest wrote:Except that it's his 3d race day.

VDB is a pretty good prologue rider, BTW. He was 2nd or 3d here before.


he was 3-rd in 2011, but it was other route, with short climb and cobblestones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwLOweWCN6g
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17 Feb 2013 12:28

Pentacycle wrote:When this prologue still had a hill he was 3rd, but on the flat he's normally not that good.

He's quite explosive, yes that other prologue had a hill in it but the effort is similar.
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17 Feb 2013 12:33

Robert Gesink
Start of Ruta: When I got on the start podium it started raining, now the roads are dry again. #notmyday #badtime
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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17 Feb 2013 12:42

Dazed and Confused wrote:Hawaii. He will be ready.


Hummmm...training I assume.

Hopefully not hanging out with Lance LOL!!!
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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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17 Feb 2013 12:45

Mollema in the top 10. :eek:. Pretty solid by Quintana too.
Gesnik seems to be still afraid of crashing, going slow in the rain.
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17 Feb 2013 12:57

the asian wrote:Mollema in the top 10. :eek:. Pretty solid by Quintana too.
Gesnik seems to be still afraid of crashing, going slow in the rain.


Well, why ruin your season in Andalucia
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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17 Feb 2013 12:59

TGBM is giving of some signs of either peaking wrong or going to have a great season, because he usually needs lots of racing to be in shape. :)

I think he's usually quite decent at prologues though, so a random 10th place isn't out of the ordinaiy I think.
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17 Feb 2013 13:00

the asian wrote:Mollema in the top 10. :eek:. Pretty solid by Quintana too.
Gesnik seems to be still afraid of crashing, going slow in the rain.

Mollema, like VDB, is a pretty good prologue rider. Nothing shocking there.

What is surprising is that he did so well while riding in the rain, unlike VDB and Valverde, for instance.
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17 Feb 2013 13:04

theyoungest wrote:Mollema, like VDB, is a pretty good prologue rider. Nothing shocking there.

What is surprising is that he did so well while riding in the rain, unlike VDB and Valverde, for instance.


TGBM is a bit of a daredevil.... see the TT in Pais Vasco last year. He got 2nd there because he was riding like an idiot on an idiotic parcours. Only an excellent bike-handler like Samu could beat a reckless person like that, on that parcours. :p
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17 Feb 2013 13:09

Tom Dumoulin also complaining he was screwed by rain, and the roads were dry again just minutes after he finished.
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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17 Feb 2013 13:16

y u no post all the profiles?

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Great stages. Honorable mention to the Puerto del León, categorised as a 1st cat despite not being really worthy of any categorisation at all from that side.
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17 Feb 2013 13:31

Valverde to sweep all stages :o
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17 Feb 2013 14:01

So... how's it looking in regards to live feeds? :D
I've long been a bit confused by the fact that CAS can refer to both:
Court of Arbritation for Sport.
and Chris Anker Sørensen.
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17 Feb 2013 14:30

Valverde, what a boss.
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17 Feb 2013 14:41

Great stages, is there a livestream the coming days?
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17 Feb 2013 14:41

Some casulties:
90 32 NIEVE, Mikel ESP EUS a 36"
92 31 ANTON, Igor ESP EUS a 37"
110 13GESINK, Robert NED BLA a 43"

This can only mean one thing. Risk taking, longer distance.
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