USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5; Breckenridge to Colorado Springs,189.7 km

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Some photos from the start of today's stage in Breckenridge. I'll post more after I get back from watching the start.

The Kingdom of Breck. Typical Ullr outfits

Peak 8 It will rain today



the start line being erected...
 
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benpounder said:
Some photos from the start of today's stage in Breckenridge. I'll post more after I get back from watching the start.

Hey thanks, sorry busy. I don't expect much here today with the Armstrong news.

What's the temperature? Coolish 60s here. Nice.
 
So todays break has suddenly jumped to 5:10 after 53km, up about 3 mins in the past 10km or so, presumably the peleton took a natural break.

I guess there are only three questions, whether the break gets caught, who wins, and how many places separate TJVG and CVV at the finish line.

I dont expect much excitement. At least the video feed is working today (so far!!).
 
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Yingge said:
So todays break has suddenly jumped to 5:10 after 53km, up about 3 mins in the past 10km or so, presumably the peleton took a natural break.

I guess there are only three questions, whether the break gets caught, who wins, and how many places separate TJVG and CVV at the finish line.

I dont expect much excitement. At least the video feed is working today (so far!!).
Nibali is now the virtual leader on the road. So I would expect a timed chase on this "easy" run in. I imagine what sprinters are here will want the stage, Garmin/ Farrar at least.
 
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Yingge said:
I havent seen Ivan Santaromita working for quite a while, he wont be popular with the other 6 in the cold and wet.
They should understand he's there for Tejay. It look pretty gusty with the T-storm.

They will probalbly be in the sun in another 20 minutes or so.
 
Yes, Santa now doing his share.

Break now down to 4:15, Nibali is about to lose his virtual lead.

Most isolated feed zone I have ever seen.

Check out the Satellite view - there has been a grid of roads laid out in that area - for who knows what.
 
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This stage is almost all downhill so it will most likely be a day for the sprinters. Farrar ftw, could also see Caruso do well.
 
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Yingge said:
I dont expect much excitement. At least the video feed is working today (so far!!).
Are there any stages in this race where you expect excitement? The mountains of Colorado have such immense potential for a fantastic cycling tour, but it's like the organizers went out of their way to choose the absolute most boring route they could find. "I know! Let's do one climb and go downhill for the rest of the day! Won't that be exciting?!" :rolleyes:
 
Yes, sad about the course, but thats what happens when towns/cities pay to host a start or finish, the orgainsers then have to fit in a trafficable road between the two. I would certainly like to see steeper climbs.
 
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Yingge said:
Yes, Santa now doing his share.

Break now down to 4:15, Nibali is about to lose his virtual lead.

Most isolated feed zone I have ever seen.

Check out the Satellite view - there has been a grid of roads laid out in that area - for who knows what.
A future communtiy...maybe. A ranch selling off land in the hopes of the once housing boom.
 
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As promised, more start photos:



Chris Horner doing some PR....



...as is Dave Z.



Tejay on his way to the sign-in.
 
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Yesterdays hero



Both Jens and Chris Horner were very approachable this morning.



The roll out...



What is interesting is that photo of Horner was just after his interview with Bob Roll, I was 2 meters away and couldnt hear a word. I did not know about the afairs l'Armstrong until I posted those earlier photos. You would not have known that based upon the atmosphere around the team bus.
 
Isn't it about time for the tv coverage to totally fail?

Ooops, as I speak.

hfer07 said:
ohhh god:mad: Paul Sherwen was whipping while reading the news on LA/USADA....... pathetic:mad:
Same with Eurosport nobs Kirby and Smith.
A corporate lacky and ex team mate of boy wonder.
Sitting on the fence, but leaning well over to the Armstrong side.
Both sickening and pathetic in equal measure.
 
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Yingge said:
Yes, sad about the course, but thats what happens when towns/cities pay to host a start or finish, the orgainsers then have to fit in a trafficable road between the two. I would certainly like to see steeper climbs.
I talked with the route director this morning for about 15 minutes. He said that the towns do not pay the organization. Obviously though, the decision upon where the route will go is dependent upon the intangibles each town guarantees to provide.
 
LoLed so hard at those guys sprinting a round too early.
Impressive win by Farrar again. Does anyone know if it was originally the plan that he should do the Vuelta, coz if it was I think it was really, really good for his morale that he went to Colorado.
 
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Probably my favorite thing about this race is seeing all the young American riders I have on my Pro Cycling Manager team. :p

That would include Van Garderen, Phinney, King, Bushe, Howes, Stetina, Lewis, Keough, Craddock, Dombrowski, and Mannion.
 

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