74ª Volta a Portugal 15/08 to 26/08

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Just back from the gym. During the morning, some riders reckoning the course. Colombia-Coldeportes, Saur-Sojasun, Carmim-Prio. Also cars from Efapel, Onda-Boavista and LA-Antarte. They were going past a bit fast.The only cyclist I dared to guess was Brice Feillu (at least it was someone tall and scarely skinny)

It's not typical August Weather. Fresh and the roads have dried out for the most part.
 
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Only thing they said on RTP is that David Blanco start is scheduled at 16:40. Given that there are 123 in competition, last placed Victor Hugo Peña should have started already.

Link to the GC ("Geral individual") after stage 8
 
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Looks like we'll have a repeat of 2010. So far the transit is cut only in the rider's lane. Cars on the opposite.
 
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Ryo Hazuki said:
and do we have any times yet?
Nope. RTP Informação should be live in five minutes to tell us what's going on.

Edit: Victor Hugo Peña just passed through. Should be finishing any time now

His time: 32,6 km in 41:15:30
 
Mar 31, 2010
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holy **** this is a battle!! sabido 3 seconds faster!! 5 seconds behind in gc now!! but blanco is battling back
 
while i don't dislike blanco, it pains me to see a spanish holding the record of volta wins with no portuguese rider close to at least equaling it in the next 10 years. . . . the new guys stepping up will never stay on the national scene long enough to do it.

anyway after this volta, has any portuguese rider shown enough talent to maybe get himself a contract on a Pro conti team?

i would go with josé gonçalves, amaro antunes and daniel silva imo.
 
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Parrulo said:
while i don't dislike blanco, it pains me to see a spanish holding the record of volta wins with no portuguese rider close to at least equaling it in the next 10 years. . . . the new guys stepping up will never stay on the national scene long enough to do it.

anyway after this volta, has any portuguese rider shown enough talent to maybe get himself a contract on a Pro conti team?

i would go with josé gonçalves, amaro antunes and daniel silva imo.
none of those. look at how badly broco and cardoso have been failing this year
 
Ryo Hazuki said:
none of those. look at how badly broco and cardoso have been failing this year
neither broco nor cardoso are as talented as antunes and gonçalves. but they aren't Colombians so ofc they aren't even worth a place on a pro conti team . . . .

ok ryo

also cardoso is actually doing fairly well at the vuelta which is his first GT.
 
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Parrulo said:
neither broco nor cardoso are as talented as antunes and gonçalves. but they aren't Colombians so ofc they aren't even worth a place on a pro conti team . . . .

ok ryo

also cardoso is actually doing fairly well at the vuelta which is his first GT.
we aren't talking about colombians. but if you must talk about them, then yes they don't even hold a candle to them. antunes and goncalves aren't very big talents(goncalves bigger than antunes a lot though), broco was a huge talent in u23, bigger than those 2 you named.
 
Broco's career was derailed because he didn't fit in at Liberty Seguros, but his recovery is his biggest problem, I was surprised they put him in the Vuelta and not the Volta team as a result. André Cardoso may never be a leader anywhere, but he'll make a pretty decent mountain domestique, he just doesn't have anyone to domestique FOR at Caja Rural.
 
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I'm looking for recordings of older Volta editions and of other races in Portugal (Like Porto-Lisboa e.g.). Unfortunately there isn't so much too find before 2009. Only snippets. RTP has shown hours and hours, so maybe someone has recorded this stuff. :)
 

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