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ice&fire said:
Teledeporte is broadcasting the last minutes of an intersting handball game between Tunisia and Macedonia. They've rescheduled the event at 19:15
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It looks like Garbi from Segart has made it in! That's an insanely tough climb to sneak in towards the end of a medium mountain stage. In Valencia, in august as well. Definitely will be some GC fireworks there.
 
- Will check the parcours of the Giro to see which one is harder - Like there are interesting stages on the second and third weekens - Like the ITT is stage 16 - Feel that if you have it later in the race the strong TT riders sit back and hold on in the mountains - This should make for more aggressive racing. Thumbs up from me.
 
Very good for Vuelta standard. Missing a true queen stage, a 2nd TT and a few true medium mountain stages. Also disappointed Sierra Nevada is regular Sierra Nevada, now nothing will happen on Hazallanas. Garbi and Barrejo too far from the finish line sadly.
 
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A lot of hilly terrain and multiple mountain passes to add flavour and interest to the Vuelta a los Muritos de España. A great step forward.

Also, we have finally passed from the hilly 37km ITT of these past years to 42km flat. At least is something.
 
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DFA123 said:
There surely can't be a harder 50km stretch in grand tour history than the Cobertoria, Cordal and Angliru. Isn't that enough to make it a queen stage?
Its up there. Cordal, hard side Cobortoria and Alba was also pretty brutal... at least on paper. Gosh, that was a bad stage. :lol:
 
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DFA123 said:
There surely can't be a harder 50km stretch in grand tour history than the Cobertoria, Cordal and Angliru. Isn't that enough to make it a queen stage?
It's quite solid at least - not harder than Sella Ronda - but the gradiants are LOCO.

Overall this a 8-9 in a Vuelta world. and perhaps a lucky 7-ish overall.
+: ITT
+: Stage 3
+: Last week
+: Downhill kings be alert
+: Lots of small annoying mountains everyday

-: Sierra Nevada ???
-: B/C-class sprinters incoming
-: Transfer heavy
-: Last year had ALL NEW MTF's - this year we reuse too many classics, sets up a weird 2018, unless the Canaries........
 
There's a significant improvement in the mid-mountain stages, but they've spoiled the downhill finishes on the way to Sagunto and Alhama (El Pozo) by choosing the loops that place the last summit further from the finish.
The lack of a hard queen stage and the 3-in-a-row MTFs is attributed to the effect the Aubisque stage had on Urdax the day before. But having both Sierra Nevada and Angliru 120 km short is a bit too much.
 
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TromleTromle said:
DFA123 said:
There surely can't be a harder 50km stretch in grand tour history than the Cobertoria, Cordal and Angliru. Isn't that enough to make it a queen stage?
It's quite solid at least - not harder than Sella Ronda - but the gradiants are LOCO.
It's way, way harder than Sella Ronda. Its 15km shorter and has about 800m more of climbing. Angliru alone is harder than the entire Sella Ronda.
 
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DFA123 said:
There surely can't be a harder 50km stretch in grand tour history than the Cobertoria, Cordal and Angliru. Isn't that enough to make it a queen stage?
A cat 1, a cat 2, and an HC climb (not using Unipublic measures) in a stage under 120km? Hell *** no.

Also, Sierra Nevada stage of 120km? ***

Somebody tell Contador to please go full genius in a 220km+ stage the next time he does it
 

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