Does anybody know why Mosquera is suddenly 20 seconds back (to 2:06) all of a sudden? What did he do wrong?
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"Phhhhh.... All good until a ridiculous misfortune when I punctured. Puncturing at that moment is bad luck, but the imbeciles from Shimano neutral service COULD NOT CHANGE MY WHEEL! Err...slight problem when the GC group is riding away from you on the second last hilltop finish of the Vuelta. So of course the Tv and photographers want to capture this dramatic moment, so then they blocked the team whilst doing so, leaving Nick the quick thinking team mechanic running up the hill through a traffic jam with my spare bike. Well at least I could continue....1'23" later.... Now i'm 4th at some ~1'23" - by coincidence? After the BS I have been through just to get to this race, i am not so sure i deserved that.
Tomorrow is a new day..."
auscyclefan94 said:The shimano people couldn't get the back tyre on so tthe television and photographers blocked the road for the team car to get through. Someone should tell those photographers/camera men that it is not about them but it is about the riders. i think evans did well to limit his losses. The way he fought was inspiring. I think he is sick and tired of all he bad luck he has had this year. "Tommorow is a new day''.Hopefully evans goes all out to get the time back. cadel; A true champion picks themsleves up when they have been knocked down, pick your self up and blow them away!
jhracing said:Is it just me, or has neutral service been really useless in races this year? I can't remember the last time they actually helped anyone. Almost seems like a relic of a bygone era.
How about just getting rid of them and their associated vehicles cut the congestion?
aarnold517 said:timmy, it never ceases to amaze me how much you truly do love rabo
Bala Verde said:According to gesink on the rab website he said that he rode close to his limit ie he had enough in the tank to keep a good rythm and stay with the elite group. He indicated that he felt ok, but had not that little bit of extra to attack. He just dosed his race so he'd sing it out till the top.
When valverde attacked to bridge the gap to mosquerra he was confident he would be able to get back to him. Sth like "his accelerations are too fast but I know he can't keep that pace" he perceived that basso couldn't pace himself to valv.
Obviously his words, his experience.
Is it me or does gesink have an almost absurdly high cadance. He some times looks like an mtber in a 34x28....
Thoughtforfood said:They are a safety net that nobody wants to use, but can be helpful depending on the situation. Yes they screwed the pooch this time, but in general I think everyone would still like to have them there.
I was initially a bit put off by Cadel's first rant, but I have to admit that I would have not been that restrained. Seems to me that if he is within 1'23" at the end, he will be far more angry. Those are the breaks of cycling however. I do however have to put into perspective that he is an incredibly wealthy "unlucky" kind of guy and won't be playing a violin for him. I have some friends that have had far poorer luck in their lives this year, and would love to trade with him...except for the chin, he could keep the chin.
Swingtop said:If Evans had made more friends (by riding in front more, for starters) they would've waited. Now, they wisely rode on. Bad luck, but no pity.
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:It was a hard postion. ok the right hting to do is wait, but then they lose all the hard work they did on the previous climb (dropiing the likes of SS). It isn't like they attacked and really pushed the pace, had he been stronger he would have stayed on SS wheel.
That being said, I agree it was unlucky, and I wish it didn't. bring on stage 14
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:I don't disagree. I think the fatigue showed in almost all of the GC men yesterday.
I really have no idea who will be the strongest tonight.
PS: someone should make a stage 14 thread. i'm too lazy