Vuelta 2012, Stage 9 - Andorra > Barcelona 194,0 km

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icefire said:
Valverde didn't know yesterday's finish. He just followed the wheel of someone who did.

Gilbert didn't know today's finish (he even said in an interview that it was harder than it looked on the road book). He just followed the wheel of someone who did.

Yes, Contador still has a lot to learn.
You do know what Moose referred to, right?
 
Sep 21, 2009
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LaFlorecita said:
Like how to time his attacks well?
At least today he clearly mistimed his attack. One of the TV commentators I was listening to is from Barcelona and knows those streets very well. When Contador jumped he said immediately that it was too early. The other commentator is a former pro rider who had raced the now extinct Escalada a Montjuic (on those same streets) and said that the harder ramps were still to come after an almost flat section and he would be caught.
 
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icefire said:
At least today he clearly mistimed his attack. One of the TV commentators I was listening to is from Barcelona and knows those streets very well. When Contador jumped he said immediately that it was too early. The other commentator is a former pro rider who had raced the now extinct Escalada a Montjuic (on those same streets) and said that the harder ramps were still to come after an almost flat section and he would be caught.
AC had 6 months to prepare for this?? One would think he would done a better recognizance of the different routes. Know the different breaks and tees, or was he assuming it will be a piece of cake? I think we are running out of excuses for AC.
 
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Wonder if Rodriguez had flashbacks of old races once he saw Gilbert coming up to him near the top of the hill. That duo sure has been a familiar sight in recent years.
 
jilbiker said:
AC had 6 months to prepare for this?? One would think he would done a better recognizance of the different routes. Know the different breaks and tees, or was he assuming it will be a piece of cake? I think we are running out of excuses for AC.
I don't see any problems. Excuses for what? he is still in the fight.:confused:
 
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jilbiker said:
AC had 6 months to prepare for this?? One would think he would done a better recognizance of the different routes. Know the different breaks and tees, or was he assuming it will be a piece of cake? I think we are running out of excuses for AC.
What are you talking about?
 
Jul 10, 2009
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burning said:
He's probably talking about that mistimed attack by Contador
Yes, thats what I am talking about. if the spanish commentators local to the region knew the breaks and pattern of the road, why doesn't AC know? 6months, no competition, nothing. He had enough time to come to the each route and take a look, talk with local bikers etc. Even ride it himself. Unless you are saying his so called "mistimed" was what he originally planned but there was something that didn't click....again excuses.
 
jilbiker said:
Yes, thats what I am talking about. if the spanish commentators local to the region knew the breaks and pattern of the road, why doesn't AC know? 6months, no competition, nothing. He had enough time to come to the each route and take a look, talk with local bikers etc. Even ride it himself. Unless you are saying his so called "mistimed" was what he originally planned but there was something that didn't click....again excuses.
Maybe he found other stages more important. :rolleyes:
 

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