What. The 2012 Vuelta was terrible, except for that one stage.
Had it not been for the atrocious Giro and Tour in that same year (like, really *** atrocious), the Vuelta 2012 would probably not have gotten so much love, myself included. But it was a joy to watch Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez fight on all the muritos and MTFs considering what we had gotten used to that yearhrotha said:What. The 2012 Vuelta was terrible, except for that one stage.
I'm just curious what you liked so much about these races. As I have written earlier I'm not the biggest fan of the last few vueltas but I see a lot of love here for them so I really want to know why people liked these races so much.dacooley said:the 2011 and 2014 Vueltas.
Have to disagree with you. '87 vs '89. 1987 was the year of Roche. The dude was phenomenal. He was the prohibitive favorite going in. His ride on La Plange was awesome. But we all knew the final time trial was a foregone conclusion.chiocciolis_calves said:It's more popular to pick the 1989 Tour, but the 1987 one came down to the final time trial and it wasn't decided by technology. And, truth be told, Roche's recovery on La Plagne was more exciting than LeMond's TT triumph, having watched both of them at the time.
I can't speak for dacooley, but I enjoyed Vuelta 2014 quite much. Like in 2012, the Vuelta was the best GT that year and we got to see the much anticipated Froome-Contador matchup. The two last MTFs that Contador were just great! Could have been better if Quintana didnt crash tho.Gigs_98 said:I'm just curious what you liked so much about these races. As I have written earlier I'm not the biggest fan of the last few vueltas but I see a lot of love here for them so I really want to know why people liked these races so much.dacooley said:the 2011 and 2014 Vueltas.
.. or referring to the farewell of Mart SmeetsTonton said:I think he's being sarcastic ...Valv.Piti said:
Yeah I meant Talansky had started the day 39s behind Contador in the GC, which ultimately meant Contador had to finish the stage within 38s of Talansky in order to keep his leader's jersey.infeXio said:Welcome to the forum!QuickZulu said:Criterium du Dauphine 2014, final stage.
Contador and Froome allowed 3rd placed Talansky to get into the break. Then they spent all day chasing in miserable weather. Froome cracked badly and Contador rode the last 2 hours out of his saddle trying to make up the 40s deficit...but never did. It was the most exciting bike race I had ever seen...until this year's Roubaix.
The final stage in the 2014 Dauphine was brilliant, indeed, though I'm not quite sure where you get that 40s time-gap between Talansky and Contador from Contador attacked and was roughly 2 minutes behind Talansky with 20 km left of the stage, ultimately finishing 1:06 behind Talansky on the stage. (or do you mean 40 seconds in the overall GC?)