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The GC race was already very tentative plus the neutralisations, road blocking; the first twelve days outside of Javalambre weren‘t that good, they were living on suspense, the rest just makes them look better.
Arinsal was mid.The GC race was already very tentative plus the neutralisations, road blocking; the first twelve days outside of Javalambre weren‘t that good, they were living on suspense, the rest just makes them look better.
The only good stage in the first week was Javalambre. Factoring in the disasters in the opening weekend, it was one of the worst first weeks of the Vuelta.
Mate, have you really repressed StickyBottleGate?Obviously the last few days sucked, but honestly I've seen worse. It was one mountain stage and one medium mountain stages with very few gc attacks (and it's not even like there weren't any attacks at all). That doesn't immediately make a gt horrible.
Aside from that I feel like this was basically the quintessential Vuelta, for better and for worse. It will be memorable for all the weirdness, the unexpected winner, and just how unusual it all was. No we didn't get to watch epic battles on huge mountain stages, but when do we ever at the Vuelta? The race had it's signature gc stage, the one to Javalambre, and that's about as much as one should expect. The comparison I've read most often is the 2015 Vuelta, and I think that's pretty spot on. I remember that race very fondly, for all the Dumoulin drama and all the question marks about whether he could really pull it off. But then you look back at the actual racing and you remember that quite often it was abysmal. Those 3 mtfs at the end of week 2 were incredibly bad.
I think this race is similar. Was the racing in the Pyrenees, or the mtf's in the final week great? Not really, but Remco blowing up, the Jumbo boys toying with the competition on the Tourmalet, Vingegaard and Roglic starting to attack their own teammate, those are stories way more memorable than those of your average gt. It wasn't enough to make this a great gt, but I don't think this was a truly bad race either.
A really good first 12 stages? Let's go through them in order:
Oh god how could I forget the sticky bottle. Also shout out to Cumbre del Sol, easily one of the most entertaining mtfs I've ever seen.Mate, have you really repressed StickyBottleGate?
I honestly think the 2015 Vuelta gets overhated, specifically because one block of mountain stages was bad somehow it's what most people decide to remember. Stages 1-9 had a lot of weird punchy finishes that all overdelivered, and the weak MTF still had action with Aru flying off and Froome dropping. The Andorra stage was good as well.