Vuelta a España Ninja of La Vuelta

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Grossschartner avoided being eliminated from the competition with a very unninjalike performance. Honestly, you would think there was no way he would not finish inside top10 from such break but he managed to do so and also grab a lot of camera time with his attack instead.
 
Louis Meintjes is still in the race........I guess. Unless my memory is faulty I can never remember Meintjes attacking nor can I remember him getting into a break. I wonder what the attraction is for team managers when it comes to new contracts for him ?
 
To Stage 12

I have added a couple of riders who were unselected, put in the running.

Does top ten in a ITT stage really break ninja status? If the cameraman/producer doesn't pick up on them, then they get a high finish unnoticed.

RiderManagerBest placingCurrent GCGap
Carl Fredrik HagenLeinster116-
Nicolas Edet
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1180:50
James Knox
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151810:18
Jakob Fuglsang
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191911:09
Kilian FrankinyHakkie202214:04
Peter StetinaTigerion122623:11
Louis MeintjesWirral163938:40
Felix GrossschartnerAnderis145351:12
Antonio PedreroLibertine Seguros325653:26
Sergio PardillaArmchair Cyclist36621:05:55
Sergei ChernetskiStarlord2610701:34:28
Robert PowerLaarsland6015602:16:44
Nicolas RocheLogic is your friend2 (st 2)
Alex AranburuScarponi9 (st 2)
Victor de la ParteTobydawq17DNF
David de la CruzDel19629 (st6)
Jesus HerradaPantani lives1 (st6)
Rafal MajkaKoronin5 (st7)-
George BennettSalvarani9 (st7)
Oscar RodriguezCarton10 (st7)
Ruben GuerreiroDJSprtsch4 (st8)
Tao Geoghegan-HartShadow9310 (st9)
Herman PernsteinerSafeBet6 (st9)
Wilco KeldermanRed Rick8 (st9)
Pierre LatourHayneplane6 (st 10 ITT)
Dani MartinezJoeD199710 (st 10 ITT)
Matteo FabbroCian8 (st 11)
 
Edet still 7th on GC. Ultimate, extreme ninja. Too bad he had the leader's jersey.
He is channeling the great Zubeldia. Many are already forgetting that he wore the leader's jersey, which is the mark of extreme ninja capability . . . infliction of selective amnesia on the fan base.
Hagen still lurking.
 
I deleted Fuglsang and Knox.

RiderManagerBest placingCurrent GCGap
Nicolas Edet-117
Carl Fredrik HagenLeinster1190:13
Kilian FrankinyHakkie161914:10
Peter StetinaTigerion122431:48
Louis MeintjesWirral163901:08:15
Felix GrossschartnerAnderis144201:09:45
Antonio PedreroLibertine Seguros324701:21:28
Sergio PardillaArmchair Cyclist366301:42:58
Sergei ChernetskiStarlord2610002:25:48
Robert PowerLaarsland4013703:03:59
Nicolas RocheLogic is your friend2 (st 2)
Alex AranburuScarponi9 (st 2)
Victor de la ParteTobydawq17DNF
David de la CruzDel19629 (st6)
Jesus HerradaPantani lives1 (st6)
Rafal MajkaKoronin5 (st7)-
George BennettSalvarani9 (st7)
Oscar RodriguezCarton10 (st7)
Ruben GuerreiroDJSprtsch4 (st8)
Tao Geoghegan-HartShadow9310 (st9)
Herman PernsteinerSafeBet6 (st9)
Wilco KeldermanRed Rick8 (st9)
Pierre LatourHayneplane6 (st 10 ITT)
Dani MartinezJoeD199710 (st 10 ITT)
Matteo FabbroCian8 (st 11)
 
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To rest day 2 (stage 16)

D'oh: worked out all those times -10:27, and then found SafeBet beat me to it by a few minutes

Others within an hour of Edet who would still be in the game, had they been chosen, are Eg, Powless, Tusvled and Christian Rodriguez.
 
Edet still 7th on GC. Ultimate, extreme ninja. Too bad he had the leader's jersey.
The fact that Edet is still in contention, in my opinion, is a clear sign that the rules need to be revised. It shouldn't just be about your raw placings. An 11th placing when you went through the trouble of getting in a break is much more against the spirit of the competition than an anonymous 9th or 10th placing from the contenders' group. And a leader's jersey should disqualify you outright.
 
The fact that Edet is still in contention, in my opinion, is a clear sign that the rules need to be revised. It shouldn't just be about your raw placings. An 11th placing when you went through the trouble of getting in a break is much more against the spirit of the competition than an anonymous 9th or 10th placing from the contenders' group. And a leader's jersey should disqualify you outright.
True, but boy has he lived up to the criteria since losing the jersey!
 
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Outrageously good ninja performance from Carl Fredrik Hagen today to stay in the Red Jersey group all the way to the line and not get spotted by the Eurosport commentary at all who were convinced he had been dropped
 
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^^This!!^^
He'll leave the Vuelta unseen with a nice little GC placing. Good on him!!

I'd love to see him test himself with an aggressive attack in these final few stages.
 
By being at the back of the Red jersey group, CFH is always immediately in front of the camera bike. By trying to be unseen, he is the most visible of all.

But although we don't know how far any group behind is from Quintana/Hagen/Meintjes, he has a real danger of finishing in the top 9 today.
 
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With Hagen and Meintjes out, Edet regains the lead here.
Among the riders selected by posters of this forum, Frankiny has a comfortable lead over Stetina.

RiderManagerBest placingCurrent GCGap
Nicolas Edet-1118
Kilian FrankinyHakkie16204:25
Peter StetinaTigerion123035:37
Felix GrossschartnerAnderis144501:14:28
Antonio PedreroLibertine Seguros324701:16:48
Sergio PardillaArmchair Cyclist367201:56:42
Sergei ChernetskiStarlord2610302:38:30
Robert PowerLaarsland2710902:45:18
Nicolas RocheLogic is your friend2 (st 2)
Alex AranburuScarponi9 (st 2)
Victor de la ParteTobydawq17DNF
David de la CruzDel19629 (st6)
Jesus HerradaPantani lives1 (st6)
Rafal MajkaKoronin5 (st7)-
George BennettSalvarani9 (st7)
Oscar RodriguezCarton10 (st7)
Ruben GuerreiroDJSprtsch4 (st8)
Tao Geoghegan-HartShadow9310 (st9)
Herman PernsteinerSafeBet6 (st9)
Wilco KeldermanRed Rick8 (st9)
Pierre LatourHayneplane6 (st 10 ITT)
Dani MartinezJoeD199710 (st 10 ITT)
Matteo FabbroCian8 (st 11)
Carl Fredrik HagenLeinster6 (st 18)
Louis MeintjesWirral7 (st 18)
 

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