pity or piti? :--) (but sorry, that's not for this thread)Buena etapa from Bala. It's a pity he didn't won, but if he shows this strength couple of more times, the win will come.
I think (could be wrong) he was protecting Mas today and doing his best to ensure Mas didn't lose time that he seems to have issues with at the end of stages. Otherwise I agree that well positions he'd have been top 3 on the stage.Really strange that Valverde wasn't even in the fight for the win today. He will hardly find better opportunities, at least from the GC group...
Couple of days ago he looked both strong and fast, well positioned Valverde would end up on the podium today, I'm pretty sure.
I really don't like Valverde but must admit he has already tried to do sth and was quite close to win one stage.Honestly. This feels like the Nibali situation. We expected him to show something on the high altitude stages because he used to dominate them but he did not deliver. Same for Valverde. We expect him to show something in uphill sprints because he used to be nearly unbeatable in them but he just lacks the punch he used to have.
TImes moves and some guys are simply younger and quicker. Currently Dan + Guillaume Martin and Roglic are probably the quickest.
We are back to the point where Valverde showed that he could easily win a stage from the break. He already was close a few days ago. Will be interesting to see what Movistar will do.
Right now it sounds and looks like they are going for the "Tour special". 3 guys in the top 10-12 of the GC without any chance to finish on the podium. Easily winnning the team classification and maybe adding another stage win.
Ha has two all-time top 10 results on Angliru, and the only other rider who has that is Roberto Heras, so wouldn't say it's not a good climb for him.We'll know after the stage whether he'll top 10 this Vuelta. Not a good climb for him so I'm expecting him to drop significant time.
He indeed did. 2008 and 2017.Didn't Contador win twice there?
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