Vuelta 2012, Stage 15: La Robla > Lagos de Covadonga (186,5 kms)

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LaFlorecita said:
How is he gonna get the stage win without dropping Purito? Or is Purito gonna gift him the win? :rolleyes:
He doesn't have to drop Purito to get a stage win. If there is no one else in front, he just has to finish before J-Rod. If Valverde can tag along, they can go 1-2 and Contador would be in the lead while only being a second ahead. Again, this is why Contador needs to team up with Valverde. It's going to benefit them both in the battle against J-Rod.
 
Jul 19, 2009
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No matter which way he does it, I think we can all agree that Alberto needs a stage win plus a J-Rod 3rd place or worse finish right now.
 
Mar 11, 2010
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I don't really understand the negativity when Contador attacks and can't do anything with it. Or better yet, when he seemingly attacks in the wrong place. Everybody complains about the Tour being boring...........
 
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
Who cares? It was still pretty entertaining. You can find faults in pretty much any modern day racing, it comes to a point where you just gotta find the fun where it is.

Err I mean, by all means keep complaining.
Fun? I had dinner and when I came back it was still a large main group with Gesink on the front at 6km to go (for them).

Also

http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showpost.php?p=1007960&postcount=21

That said, I forgot about Mercado, but the rest let him ride.

But knock yourself out ******* off to 20 second attacks.
 
Feb 17, 2012
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peacefultribe said:
I don't really understand the negativity when Contador attacks and can't do anything with it. Or better yet, when he seemingly attacks in the wrong place. Everybody complains about the Tour being boring...........
How does attacking in the wrong places (is he even?..) have anything to do with a race being boring?
 
Jun 4, 2011
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LaFlorecita said:
Alberto never just rides a tempo.



But he can't

(I wonder how many times I've written that the last few days.)

Something like last year telegraph is not that far from a tempo ride however. That should be how to do it.
 
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sultanofhyd said:
The thing is he IS able to drop Purito, it's just that he is getting back. That's why Saxo tried that weird tactic today sending everyone up, they hoped to sustain the gap once Contador attacked but it didn't work.
I think you might be right. Alberto did drop purito, but purito still gets back to him (reminding me the battle between andy and alberto 2010 TDF). Maybe this could be a warm-up for tomorrow's stage, by did it through out the climb to wear purito down? Keep testing purito's mantle for tomorrow's stage perhaps.

If tomorrow purito is still standing like today, wuf.. i think vuelta win will be more more a sure thing..
 

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