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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?
Alberto Contador=Legend!

Nibali becomes only the 6th winner of all 3 GTS (2014)!
Nibali joins Gimondi, Merckx and Hinault as only the 4th man to win all 3 GTS and 2 different Monuments (2018). A throwback rider in this age of specialization. Bravo!
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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!!!
Alberto Contador=Legend!

Nibali becomes only the 6th winner of all 3 GTS (2014)!
Nibali joins Gimondi, Merckx and Hinault as only the 4th man to win all 3 GTS and 2 different Monuments (2018). A throwback rider in this age of specialization. Bravo!
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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
Aka The Ginger One.
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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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