Vuelta: the most viewed Vuelta of the last years

Aug 31, 2012
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Looks like Vuelta is having good results in terms of TV audiences in Spain, much more than previous years.

The participation of Alberto Contador and good riders like Frome and Purito + Steep climbs almost everyday + beautiful stages + the big fight between Contador and Purito until the end of the race.

Many casual viewers (not only cycling fans) are watching the stages too.
 
Mar 12, 2010
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As long as it doesn't turn into a 2012 Tour de France type race, I say the mountains are good. There will be another Purito, maybe not another Contador, but there will always be legit competition as long as the pedals keep spinning.

The next generation will have its champions just the same...maybe not in the same style, but us fans will choose our hero.:)
 
Sep 21, 2009
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Old School said:
As long as it doesn't turn into a 2012 Tour de France type race, I say the mountains are good. There will be another Purito, maybe not another Contador, but there will always be legit competition as long as the pedals keep spinning.

The next generation will have its champions just the same...maybe not in the same style, but us fans will choose our hero.:)
The next generation of champions won't be Spanish and won't go to the race. For the average fan the race will be a local event with riders unable to win a GT elsewhere. The average fan didn't know who was that Italian guy who won in 2010.

To all that has been said, this year 2/3 of the race has been during the holiday season. We'll see next year when it's at least 2/3 of the race in September.
 
Aug 29, 2012
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With colombia being such a high country, and the cycling culture heading into their country in a big way with young and upcoming riders such as Uran, Henao and Quintana does anyone think we could see an era where road cycling is dominated by Colombians in the same way Kenya and Ethiopia have done so in long distance running ?
 
Red Rick said:
The stage rumoured to be unneccessary, overkill and utterly pointless proves to be the best stage in La Vuelta in the last years.:cool::cool::cool::cool:
It was the only stage not ending with a wall-like ramp... acceptable length... not many mountains before the final climb but if Unipublic wants to put more of this in the future it will still be an improvement.
But, problem is you don't always have AC drilling it.
 
The Hitch said:
What football was on in the 2nd week of July 2009?
No idea. I'll see if I can find that cover.

EDIT: Found it. Real Madrid was playing its first game of the season, first one with Mauricio Pellegrini as coach. Raúl was starting together with Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema and blah blah blah...

Contador did feature on the cover though.

 
Sep 21, 2009
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I must say that cover is not what I recall having seen. Maybe is my bad memory or maybe they have several editions with different covers. I recall having seen Contador making the front page, but in a small box a the top not larger than that funny ad.
 

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