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Vuelta a España Vuelta a España 2023, stage 16: Liencres Playa - Bejes, 120.1k

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I was going to write that this stage will be over before 15.00 if they start at lunch time, but I see to build up the excitement (the old Vegas trick of making the audience wait) so we're in a frenzy of anticipation, the start time is 14. 40 CET. I suppose we get to see the whole sorry excuse for a pro-cycling stage live on TV. Thank you Vuelta organizers! Do we get the added bonus of Kirby too? Wow! Our cups runneth over ...
 
I was going to write that this stage will be over before 15.00 if they start at lunch time, but I see to build up the excitement (the old Vegas trick of making the audience wait) so we're in a frenzy of anticipation, the start time is 14. 40 CET. I suppose we get to see the whole sorry excuse for a pro-cycling stage live on TV. Thank you Vuelta organizers! Do we get the added bonus of Kirby too? Wow! Our cups runneth over ...

Uh, why wouldn't they time the start time to match with the usual finish time???
 
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A real terrible pity the route planners will not take advantage of the full climb.

So most definately neither UAE, Bahrain or Movistar would touch much today.

It's 95% on the breakaway. Also due to the quircky roads up to last 'meh' ramp.

Sorry, didn't read other posts here until now, think my mobile browser teases me yet again.
 
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Uh, why wouldn't they time the start time to match with the usual finish time???
Why not start about the normal time and finish early so everyone can get back to their hotels early? Or why not start at 17.00 and still be done before it gets dark? Infact they could have had a ITT in the morning then the stage afterwards and still get home before dark. Of course that would mess up the TV schedules.
I remember posting similar thoughts in 2016 about a seemingly dumb 110 km stage which turned out to be one of the funniest stages in history. We can but hope.
Edit - a chance of some rain today which might cause problems, but only light winds.
 
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Lazkano FTW

I'm starting to think he won't get a stage win in this race. He hasn't looked too great so far, and even if he gets into the breakaway, there'll probably be som better climbers with him, although the flat-ish start will make it harder for them to hit the right move.

I'm wondering if the news about Van Hooydonck will change JV's tactics for today. They might want to win the stage now (if they didn't already).