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What have we learned from the 2009 Vuelta a España?
Last Post 10/23/2009 11:44 PM by David Studner. 8 Replies.
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09/19/2009 10:40 PM
*Valverde's CONI suspension may have been a blessing in disguise.

*Valverde and Sammy Sanchez both succeeding in the Vuelta while skipping the Giro and the Tour (though for quite different reasons) makes one wonder how Ivan Basso could have done without the Giro.

*Moncoutié can climb a mountain in Spain, but apparently not in France. What the fuck, dude?

*If Mark Cavendish never existed, Team Columbia would still win a ton of stages in stage races.

*Andy Schleck's not quite ready. He's still guaranteed to win a Grand Tour or five or ten before he hangs it up, but the first might not be as soon to come as we thought.

*He could miss the entire 2010 season and still be as likely to win a Grand as Cadel Evans. Talk about a bridesmaid.

*Whether he has the rainbow jersey or not, Cancellara can still make you his bitch in the time trial.

*The next two Grand Tours might have beginnings as boring as this one did (2010 Giro and 2010 Tour are also starting in the Netherlands), though hopefully they'll have a better crop of sprinters than this Vuelta did.

*The combination classification remains pretty pointless. This'll make six years in a row it's won by the GC winner.

*Robert Gesink continues to impress. We need a Grand Tour that he and Andy both start and both finish (Gesink crashed out of this year's Tour de France).

*Has Damiano Cunego finally figured out he's better off as a stage hunter?

*Tyler Farrar can get it done with the whole cycling world watching.

*Though his team is going to win this year's team classification, one can't help but wonder if Ezequiel Mosquera might have made some of these Vuelta podiums he's just narrowly missed the last few years if he had stronger support riders.

*Overall success and stage success seem to be conflicting agendas. Only two of the final top ten won a stage, and one of those was a breakaway.

*You could probably win a lot of bar bets asking who were the only two Spaniard to win a stage at this year's Vuelta.



09/20/2009 04:41 PM
I haven't looked, but I wonder what percentage of GT riders end up winning a stage in the race...
Jon Hansen


09/22/2009 10:58 PM
We have learned that the world has it out to get Cadel Evans...and it's everyone elses fault.
David Studner


09/27/2009 06:39 PM
Despite being the 2nd most mountainous country in Western Europe, Spain just doesn't have anything on the Alps or Dolomites.

The Vuelta is too late in the year.


10/08/2009 04:47 PM
Now that Cadel just won Worlds, I bet he'll shut up for a while. Maybe he'll win Lombardia too.


10/13/2009 03:52 PM
maybe YOU'LL win Lombardia!


10/14/2009 12:20 PM
Hey Robb,

No I won't be racing in Europe this fall. My contract with Triangle Velo doesn't take me to european races unfortunately! Just lowly crits and road races here in the mid atlantic and southeast for me.



10/23/2009 04:38 PM
One topic was "Overall success and stage success seem to be conflicting agendas. Only two of the final top ten won a stage, and one of those was a breakaway."

Looking back a decade ago, the results were like this;

General classification
1. Abraham Olano  Spain BAN 93h 44' 08s
2. Fernando Escartín  Spain KEL a 1' 23s
3. José María Jiménez  Spain BAN a 2' 12s
4. Lance Armstrong  United States USP a 2' 18s
5. Laurent Jalabert  France ONC a 2' 37s
6. Roberto Heras  Spain KEL a 2' 58s
7. Álvaro González de Galdeano  Spain EUS a 5' 51s
8. Alex Zülle  Switzerland FES a 6' 05s
9. Marco Serpellini  Italy BRE a 8' 58s
10. Marcos Serrano  Spain KEL a 10' 17s

Jose' Maria Jimenez won 4 stages, the Mountain Jersey, wore the Golden jersey four times, kicked the living Sh*t out of people and gave Olano a run for his money....although he was Olano's Leutenant.
Oh, and lookie who took 4th overall; Lancy Pants.
David Studner


10/23/2009 11:44 PM
I think I remember one of the Spanish DS's saying that if the race had been a week longer Lance would've overtaken everyone. He went and did that @ the 99' Tour.
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