2012 Vuelta a España: Stage 5:Logroño-logroño 168.0 Km

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IF you have to make a circuit at least make it difficult enough so there will be some attacks in the final :eek:
I think I'm going to take a rest day. It's either Post Danmark Rundt (cr@p race) or Vuelta a España (cr@p stage).
 
The organisers are trying something different, it could well fail badly on TV but its sure to be great for the fans who get along in person.
For me Im happy to see them take risks and try differnet things and I'll cope with those that flop as long as some of them work.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
Poggio after 160km is nothing, and we have a bunch sprint 10 times out of 10.

Poggio after 290km is an obstacle which can cause the race to break apart. Sometimes it doesn't, but it is a challenge.

Óscar Freire after 150km doesn't have the speed and hasn't for years. Óscar Freire after 250km is a threat, even today.
I'd love to see a MSR-like stage in a grand tour, wont happen at all though

Even organizators put a stage like this, probably 50 riders will come to finish together
 
DJ Sprtsch said:
Today's action has started. Only one rider wants to race, Chacon from Andalucia, he has 1:37 advantage after 4km.
does it mean Contador , valverde and froome will battle for the seconds available in the intermediate sprint?
 
Dedelou said:
does it mean Contador , valverde and froome will battle for the seconds available in the intermediate sprint?
I hope so :) Would love it if he was BotD alone, even though that would make it very easy to control.

After 25 km the advantage is over 8 minutes. <--- Too late :eek:
 
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If this goes on, that Chacon guy is gonna lap the peloton ;)

About the Sprints, i wonder if maybe TGBM will try to get some points/seconds maybe ?
 
Libertine Seguros said:
Poggio after 160km is nothing, and we have a bunch sprint 10 times out of 10.

Poggio after 290km is an obstacle which can cause the race to break apart. Sometimes it doesn't, but it is a challenge.

Óscar Freire after 150km doesn't have the speed and hasn't for years. Óscar Freire after 250km is a threat, even today.
As you say, that would be a challenge of course. I mean 240km stages that may have some 4th or 3rd category climbs far from the finish and are usually taken either by sprinters or by some random break.

Of course a San Remo stage presents a completely different race depending if it's a classic or in a GT stage. So yes, I still stand with my opinion :p
 
Dedelou said:
does it mean Contador , valverde and froome will battle for the seconds available in the intermediate sprint?
Froome could try something, he's only 1" back. It is too flat for Alberto, Purito + Mollema could go for it as well.

Alberto might drop a few places in the gc after this stage :(
 
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The lap they are doing is around 21 km. With 2 km cars behind the peleton, he would need about 20 mins ? Maybe 22 to lap them ;)

Would be funny, like indoor cycling, you get bonus points.

However, they will never let it get that far, as you wont be able to take him back ever if hes safely in the peloton.
 

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