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Cosmic Kid

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08/20/2017 03:26 PM
Over on day 1.

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Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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08/20/2017 08:00 PM
'Well you just sved me a lot of time.
Orange Crush

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08/21/2017 09:44 AM
"Salvatore Puccio, not exactly noted as a climber, sets a very brisk tempo on the front of the peloton for Team Sky on the Rabassa"

I'll just leave this out there
79pmooney

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08/21/2017 01:10 PM
OC, I saw that and my first thought was "the Sky's the limit". (Want to do the impossible? Reach for the Sky.)

Ben
Dale

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08/21/2017 06:58 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 08/21/2017 09:44 AM
"Salvatore Puccio, not exactly noted as a climber, sets a very brisk tempo on the front of the peloton for Team Sky on the Rabassa"

I'll just leave this out there


Oh great... another George Hincapie-like climber.
Habanero

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08/23/2017 01:58 PM
I smell bull$4it....
huckleberry

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08/24/2017 10:44 AM
What's bull$4it? ; )

You guys are so jaded...

They are all as clean as my pruney little old man @ss.
Spud

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08/24/2017 10:59 AM
I could have sworn I saw Grigory Rodchenkov, in the crowd :-)
79pmooney

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08/24/2017 01:37 PM
Back to the racing - good to see 1) this stage that could have been a sleeper, long successful break and the GC guys spending hours studying each other's jerseys being real racing and 2) getting to watch Contador at his best.

Ben
79pmooney

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08/24/2017 02:19 PM
TJ's hands slipped off the handlebars?

http://www.velonews.com/2017/08/vuelta-a-espana/van-garderen-slips-vuelta-overall-crashes_446506

Anyone see good footage of his first crash? Curious to know if he was in the drops or not. (Caution - old fart here) I was taught in no uncertain words that in any dangerous situation, I was to ride the drops, always; that the tops/hoods were fine IF I knew the path ahead was clear and that I wasn't going to have to take drastic action. Now this was back in the day where if I was on the hoods and I hit that rock I couldn't see because of the rider ahead, well, bikes in those days had that little safety net; the cursed brake housing that we all jammed our thumb crotch into hard more than once.

Now, here - descent from the day's biggest climb. Hanging with the big boys on a big move. A grand tour. Last hour of racing, Everyone is tired. Isn't this drop time? Where you have that wonderful, secure handhold with that big hook your hand cannot slip over.

Now if TJ was in the drops, my apologies. (Though we were also taught that our grip must be firm. Wrists and forearms relaxed to take bumps and elbows from other riders, but grip solid. I remember Chris Carmicheal espousing a relaxed grip to reduce fatigue, then hearing that from lots of other people. Every time I heard that I thought - and still do - the consequences of one crash can easily offset the fatigue factor reduced by that loose grip.

Rant, rant

Ben
Orange Crush

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08/24/2017 04:02 PM
Contador at least showed today that it is possible to isolate Froome so perhaps there's still some hope for this Vuelta.

Interesting how every single GC contender and would-be contender except Froome has had a bad day one way or other and real hard stages have yet to come. Must be signs of a long season. So who knows what can happen.

I am a firm believer in relaxed grip Ben. LOL.
Cosmic Kid

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08/24/2017 04:23 PM
Good show my Contador today, but fruitless in the end...and he likely just burned matches he will need later on.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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08/24/2017 06:26 PM
"And then I remembered my colleague, who said something very astute: “Alberto only has one job in this Vuelta; to make sure Chris Froome doesn’t win” … and then it all made sense."

Read more at http://www.velonews.com/2017/08/commentary/roundtable-tejays-crash-ruin-contadors-raid_446542#6c6QbgVUEX5J4Sxr.99
Cosmic Kid

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08/25/2017 11:49 AM
Moto knocks Caja Rural rider down at the Vuelta.....guy was in the break and had an (outside) shot at the win.

Biggest race of the year for a Continental team and deprived of a shot at a huge win.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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08/26/2017 04:47 PM
History question: If Froome and his skybot army win the Vuelta:
When was the last Tour Vuelta double?

PS: Odds that TJ finishes in the top 3? Top 5? Top 10?
I'll bet: .000001, 25%, 85%
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