Vuelta Prediction: How will GC battle Shake up?

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I think it's weird people expect him to not touch a bike at all for a couple of months straight. It's been weeks since the Tour ended. You can rest very well whilst still training very lightly. In the video he already looked heavier than during the Tour imo.

This would be breaking news, if it was Andy Schleck when he was still active. It isn't
 
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LaFlorecita said:
A rider from Pinto is riding his bike around Pinto, shocker.
He isn't on Tinkoff-Saxo's 12 rider shortlist, so isn't even allowed to race.
doubt vuelta organisers would have any problem with him starting without being on the shortlist.

Don't think he will though.
 
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Billie said:
LaFlorecita said:
A rider from Pinto is riding his bike around Pinto, shocker.
He isn't on Tinkoff-Saxo's 12 rider shortlist, so isn't even allowed to race.
doubt vuelta organisers would have any problem with him starting without being on the shortlist.

Don't think he will though.
I think it is a UCI rule, I don't think the UCI would make an exception.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Billie said:
LaFlorecita said:
A rider from Pinto is riding his bike around Pinto, shocker.
He isn't on Tinkoff-Saxo's 12 rider shortlist, so isn't even allowed to race.
doubt vuelta organisers would have any problem with him starting without being on the shortlist.

Don't think he will though.
I think it is a UCI rule, I don't think the UCI would make an exception.
Uci doesn't care about shortlists. It's for the race organisers to know which rider will come (so which team to invite etc....)
 
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Billie said:
LaFlorecita said:
Billie said:
LaFlorecita said:
A rider from Pinto is riding his bike around Pinto, shocker.
He isn't on Tinkoff-Saxo's 12 rider shortlist, so isn't even allowed to race.
doubt vuelta organisers would have any problem with him starting without being on the shortlist.

Don't think he will though.
I think it is a UCI rule, I don't think the UCI would make an exception.
Uci doesn't care about shortlists. It's for the race organisers to know which rider will come (so which team to invite etc....)
If he's not on the list by the DS meeting he can't race.
 
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MatParker117 said:
Team Sky for Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Nicolas Roche, Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio.
The battle of "trains" looks more and more certain. Has Astana and Movistar enough of track expertise to deal with Sky this time around?
 
The first week suits Henao very hell, I could see him being high in the GC at the start of stage 7 and Alpujarra isn't very difficult.

On the other hand I don't think that Froome will arrive at his best in the first days, even yesterday he was riding a crit.
 
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TMP402 said:
Red Rick said:
PremierAndrew said:
Red Rick said:
Any idea what train Froome is bringing? I don't see where he's gonna take enough time/hang on to Quintana. TT is very late, and he didn't train on that this year, he might take some time on the hill tops though.
Sergio Henao and G are confirmed
Sounds very weak for the Skytrain. Don't think G will be climbing as well, Astana will have 5 guy's left when Froome is down to Henao
Also Nieve and Roche, probably Boswell, Deignan, Kiryenka, Sitsov. Otherwise Lopez or Knees.
Nearly nailed it. That sly Puccio!
 
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MatParker117 said:
Team Sky for Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Nicolas Roche, Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio.
Hard to understand the decision of not selecting Deignan and Lopez :( At least Henao made it this time.The team looks decent on paper but i have doubts about Thomas and Roche form.
 
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Ricco' said:
The first week suits Henao very hell, I could see him being high in the GC at the start of stage 7 and Alpujarra isn't very difficult.

On the other hand I don't think that Froome will arrive at his best in the first days, even yesterday he was riding a crit.
Maybe he was killing it in some hard training sessions? Then, a criterium may be a nice little recovery ride.
 
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DBotero said:
MatParker117 said:
Team Sky for Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Nicolas Roche, Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio.
Hard to understand the decision of not selecting Deignan and Lopez :( At least Henao made it this time.The team looks decent on paper but i have doubts about Thomas and Roche form.
Agreed that I can't see Thomas being as helpful as in the Tour, but Roche may have lost some weight and has apparently done two GTs in a year several times so who knows.
 
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TMP402 said:
Movistar's team doesn't seem wonderfully strong.
Nairo Quintana (Col), Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Andrey Amador (CRc), Giovanni Visconti (Ita), Rory Sutherland (Aus), Javi Moreno (Spa), Imanol Erviti (Spa), Fran Ventoso (Spa) and José Joaquín Rojas (Spa).

Not too impressive.Some bigger names were left out,strange choices.
 
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TMP402 said:
DBotero said:
MatParker117 said:
Team Sky for Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Nicolas Roche, Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio.
Hard to understand the decision of not selecting Deignan and Lopez :( At least Henao made it this time.The team looks decent on paper but i have doubts about Thomas and Roche form.
Agreed that I can't see Thomas being as helpful as in the Tour, but Roche may have lost some weight and has apparently done two GTs in a year several times so who knows.
I didnt expect that Thomas would be even almost as helpful in the mountains of the tour, as he finally was, so I wont underestimate him. I just hope that they aren't in good shape because I don't want to see another sky train gt. Its okay if froome races good and causes some great attacks but please not mtf's like last year when froome pulled alberto up the mountain although he was behind him.
 
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DBotero said:
TMP402 said:
Movistar's team doesn't seem wonderfully strong.
Nairo Quintana (Col), Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Andrey Amador (CRc), Giovanni Visconti (Ita), Rory Sutherland (Aus), Javi Moreno (Spa), Imanol Erviti (Spa), Fran Ventoso (Spa) and José Joaquín Rojas (Spa).

Not too impressive.Some bigger names were left out,strange choices.
Anton is a shadow of what he was but he could still put some work to his leaders and his shape in Poland wasn't that bad (working for Izagirre in Bukowina stage, for instance, and the last men to be dropped in the team except for the leader). Better than Sutherland, for instance. I guess that the undesired riders for 2016 were sent to Tour du Limousin and some of them could be of good assistance (Team Gadret, Capecchi, Antón, etc.)
 
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Awful team...breakaways galore i guess..Asbroeck found the step up tough but could get result or so.
 

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