2012 Vuelta a España: Stage 3: Faustino V → Eibar (Arrate) (155,3km)

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2012 Vuelta a España: Stage 3: Faustino V → Eibar (Arrate) (155,3km)



Climbs

Alto La Aldea 11 km 3,80 % Cat 2
Puerto de Vitoria 6,7 km 3,20 % Cat 3
Puerto de Campazar 5,7 km 4,80 % Cat 3
Alto de Arrate 5,5 km 7,80 % Cat 1
Arrate


The first uphill finish. A classic mountain peak in the Basque Country Tour. The finish line is 2 km beyond the top.



Top favourites:

+++++ Antón, Froome, Contador, Rodriguez

++++ Quintana, Gesink

+++ Uran, Valverde, Cobo, Van der Broeck

++ Henao, de Gendt, Dani Moreno


GC:

Castroviejo LEADER
Quintana +0
Valverde +0
Cobo +4
Gesink +10
Mollema +10
Froome +12
Contador +12 (he took 2 seconds bonus on last intermediate sprint at stage 2)
Van der Broeck +12
Rodriguez +15
Moreno +15
Antón +28
de Gendt +35
Machado +55
Talansky +1:27
 
Jul 29, 2012
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hrotha said:
In this kind of climb I'd put Purito among the top favourites, even as THE top favourite.
Normally yes but after his Giro where he proved he can be consistent in a GT I don't think people like Contador/ Froome aren't going to make it easy for him.

He can handle 3 weeks so giving him these free seconds isn't smart so I expect they do something aswell, maybe also an attack from Anton.

Quintana, maybe valverde for the sprint.

I'm just hoping for action !!!
 
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Samuel Sanchez always wins here. However, he's not in the race.

The only climber who has really been able to make a difference on this climb is Contador. So Contador FTW. If it's a group at the finish, Mollema.
 
it will be just like in 2009 in pais vasco,alberto will go ballistic
i doubt that even froome can stay with him,he's so hungry
my prediction:

1.alberto
2.quintana +10
3.froome s.t.
4.cobo +20
5.henao s.t.
6. kashechkin :p

the most important thing is that yes,we're gonna have some crazy attacks
 
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I've almost asked that now Contador has received that 2 bonus sec or not, because here at CN he is still at +14 seconds (and not much after the stage, he was also +14 behind at lavuelta.com), but now it's correct.

I just can't wait for tomorrow. Who will attack? How many riders will arrive together? Who is going to lose time from the favorites? I love the Vuelta.

I think there is a good chance for Uran to take the stage because he is good in sprinting (not in the Olympics :D ), so I'm with him, unless he need to work for Froome.

Why I don't think that Puritocould win this easily is the 2 km flat.
 
jens_attacks said:
it will be just like in 2009 in pais vasco,alberto will go ballistic
i doubt that even froome can stay with him,he's so hungry
my prediction:

1.alberto
2.quintana +10
3.froome s.t.
4.cobo +20
5.henao s.t.
6. kashechkin :p

the most important thing is that yes,we're gonna have some crazy attacks
He was the protected rider today, so why not
 
maybe somebody doesn't know arrate altough i doubt it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PURApYfUDkU&feature=player_detailpage#t=568s

papy horner dancing up the pedals



check the time gaps from 2009 when alberto attacked. this time he will be way stronger,i think the gaps will be bigger

1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 4.16.29 (40.35 km/h)
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0.09
3 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Team Katusha
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 0.28
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0.33
7 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.36
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0.55
9 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
11 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux
12 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank
14 Joaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
15 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 1.12
16 Chris Horner (USA) Astana
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad
18 Andrea Noe (Ita) Liquigas
19 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
20 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
 
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There are just so many riders that I like in this Vuelta....

If anyone of Contador, Anton, Quintana, Henao, Gesink, Mollema or De Gendt takes this I'll be happy. :)

Also, normally Froome would be in this list too, but I will cheer against him just for this Vuelta, because I don't want Sky to win this Vuelta. :p
 

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there are going to be 5-6 strongest climbers on the finish line. Purito is the favorite, but remembering pdbf i wouldn't rate froome's punch much weaker. One will show one is not able to fight for the podium. i hope it wont be guys from rabobank.
 
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If Contador has the legs he'll attack. Getting the leader's jersey too early in the vuelta is not as bad as in the tour.

He knows the climb and we know he won't be able to resist.

I wonder who will be able to follow him or who attacks before him if that happens.

It's going to be interesting:D
 
Miburo said:
If Contador has the legs he'll attack. Getting the leader's jersey too early in the vuelta is not as bad as in the tour.

He knows the climb and we know he won't be able to resist.

I wonder who will be able to follow him or who attacks before him if that happens.

It's going to be interesting:D
If he can take time he will. He can always throw the jersey to someone relatively harmless.
 

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