Vuelta 2018 stage 21: Alcorcón - Madrid 100.9 km

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Well played by Morkov, immediately stopping the lead-out once he couldn't find Viviani.

The sprints have been incredibly dull this Vuelta with Viviani (and his lead-out) in a league of his own.
 
Viviani has had an amazing year. 18 wins, 7 GT stage wins, two semi-classics, national champion, gold and silver medal at european track championships, a few other stages and quite a number of placings in one day races. Only blemish maybe is the 2nd place at Gent - had he won that, it would have been one of the best years from a sprinter in a while.
 
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Armchair cyclist said:
How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
I don't know what you think you saw, but Simon definitely was in the peloton, just before Gorka. Adam just rolls in a minute later but doesn't wave to anyone. Mollema does right behind him in his red jersey.
 
Only 18 abandons throughout the race must be close to a GT record. In fact, 158 riders finished the race - exactly the same as last year (curiously, this number have been either 158 or 159 for the last five years) despite 22 fewer participants.
 
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tobydawq said:
Only 18 abandons throughout the race must be close to a GT record. In fact, 158 riders finished the race - exactly the same as last year (curiously, this number have been either 158 or 159 for the last five years) despite 22 fewer participants.
Considering all the guys recovering and with "one eye on the Worlds", 18 was a lot less then I expected.

If Yates had gone to Sky back in the past, Sky would have won all 3 GTs with 3 different riders.

(Thanks for all the kind words too on the stage threads :))
 
It's always beautiful to see another Grand Tour winner that has some Madison results on his palmares
to join the legends of the sport like SuperG, Wiggo (the kid from Kilburn) and, of course, Eddy Merckx.
 
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tobydawq said:
Armchair cyclist said:
How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
I don't know what you think you saw, but Simon definitely was in the peloton, just before Gorka. Adam just rolls in a minute later but doesn't wave to anyone. Mollema does right behind him in his red jersey.
Simon very clearly came in behind the main bunch, waving and celebrating. They didn't let him back out on the course so quickly to gain the applause did they?
 
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Armchair cyclist said:
How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.
 
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El Pistolero said:
Armchair cyclist said:
How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.
We'll see in GTs to come... but seriously it would be the greatest scheme ever
 
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El Pistolero said:
Armchair cyclist said:
How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.
I think it could be possible but not in this case. Adam has a scar on the chin from some crashes and they aren't identical anyway, even if they look very much alike.
 

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