Vuelta de Espana

  • @crucial I don't think George intentionally let that mini break go at the end. It looked like he and Yates were following whoever made the first break and then they got caught and caught out by a counter by Keldermans et al. Yates had a bit more firepower at the end and George didn't quite have the legs to limit the damage.

    On the plus side - Kwiatkowski cracked a bit and is well over a minute behind George and Aru also lost 20 seconds.

    Not terminal, but not the ride I was hoping for - Miguel Angel Lopez had that ride and as a result he's 21 seconds ahead of George.

    Yates moves into the red jersey and I think he'll be hard to shift from there. In the Giro he looked stronger than George on pretty much every stage until he cracked and he's a better TT rider - so he needs to crack somewhere along the line if George is to win (overall I'll be very happy with top three - and satisfied with top five - anything less is a bit"meh" and I think George would agree).

    However, there's a lot of guys ahead of George who rode the TdF and hopefully those kms will catch up with them at some point.

  • Here's what George has to say.

    That side stitch is a recurrent problem for him - he's had an operation to try to fix it.

  • Tonight's stage is labeled "Hilly/Mid-Mountain.

    Tomorrow is "Hilly".

    Then three "Mountain" stages.

    Lots of sorting out over the next five days!

  • @chris-b said in Vuelta de Espana:

    Tonight's stage is labeled "Hilly/Mid-Mountain.

    Tomorrow is "Hilly".

    Then three "Mountain" stages.

    Lots of sorting out over the next five days!

    That stage yesterday had potential for some ugliness right at the end which seems to be a theme in this race. Lots of nasty gradient in the last 5 kms where if you aren't watching carefully someone can slip away and gain time.
    GB alluded to this being the case before the race and had been trying out some late power uphills. Haven't seen him use them yet but he's doing a good job making sure no one gets away if he can't do it himself.

  • Interesting result to last night's stage - Yates not protecting the red jersey and allowing Herada from Cofidis take it in a breakaway.

    I think Michelton Scott learned a bit from their experiences in the Giro and maybe burned all their matches trying to protect the jersey from near whoa to go. Riding smarter this time and will let Cofidis have a day doing the work.

    Stage finish was slightly shambolic and amusing in a slightly sadistic way.

    Some tubby guy for some reason found himself in the middle of the road beyond the finish line as the leaders came into sight. He blundered up the road to a point where he either thought he was out of the way or ran out of gas.

    He wasn't out of the way and the leader shouldered into him - his spectacles went flying and so did he. The second place getter rode straight into the body and went over the handlebars - to add insult to his injury of getting edged in the sprint!


    Noting @nepia's religious tendencies - he'll be delighted to see Spanish Jesus' efforts in getting the job done! 🙂

    Uphill mountain stage tonight. I see that the latter parts of the climb up the Camperona are 19.5% and the final km still gains something like 170 metres in altitude.

    That might suit the pure climbers - which is George - as well as Quintana and Lopez.

  • It hasn't suited George. He disappeared from view almost immediately and ended up losing a minute and a half on Quintana and Yates and has fallen to 14th in the standings.

    He's either cracked or had a mechanical - either way he's had a shocker.

  • Geoerge flagged the GC last night and finished 7 minutes behind Yates.

    Hopefully, that's because he's switched targets to trying to win a stage and hence purposefully lost time, so that he'll be allowed to escape in a breakaway - and not that he's just gassed.

    We'll see, I guess.

    His teammate Kruiswijk is up to fifth place and with Roglic's showing in the TdF, George has potentially slipped a bit down the Lotto team pecking order. Needs a couple of good days before the end of the Vuelta - and then a chance to impress at the World Championships.

  • Tonight's stage is a flattish one with a climb to the finish - would seem like a good one for George to get into a break away and storm up the final climb. In theory, if he's got two minutes on the peleton at the base of a climb, he should be good enough to hold on - as long as he hasn't had to do too much work.

    I gather he managed to get in a break a few days ago, but it got shut down.

    Needs to do something - even if it's just helping Kruiswijk, because he's had a pretty disappointing ten days.

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