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longslowdistance

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08/25/2021 08:50 PM
To be continued . . .
Cosmic Kid

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08/26/2021 10:21 AM
Helluva finish…the peloton was strung out single file for the last 5K+. Bike Exchange was throwing down, all to no avail.

I’d be pretty upset if I was them right now…two days of turning themselves inside out for Matthews and he coms up well short on both days.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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08/26/2021 10:34 AM
Anybody hear how Roglic's doing after his crash? Yes, he got back on without difficulty but we all know that doesn't always tell the whole story.
Orange Crush

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08/26/2021 11:46 AM
Sounds like BikeExchange (Matthews) mucked up the transition from catch to sprint and EF jumped in smartly during that transition.

Back in the day Matthews was billed as the next Freire but he's never been able to deliver on that promise.
Orange Crush

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08/26/2021 01:14 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 08/26/2021 10:34 AM
Anybody hear how Roglic's doing after his crash? Yes, he got back on without difficulty but we all know that doesn't always tell the whole story.


Roglic is fine. Kruijswijk sustained a few scrapes but otherwise OK.
79pmooney

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08/27/2021 11:40 AM
D-QS! They ride all day for Jacobsen. He flats at the last corner. Nothing changes except the last leadout man didn't ease up to give him the win. A great day for a guy who draws a good salary to not have his name in the news!
Orange Crush

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08/27/2021 11:56 AM
Clearly not a lot of sprint competition in this Vuelta, particular after Philipsen had to abandon. Him and Jacobsen were a major cut above the rest.
Cosmic Kid

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08/27/2021 12:45 PM
Man, that field was strung out at the end....looked brutal. Avg speed for the last 15 minutes was 33mph+!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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08/27/2021 02:51 PM
Yes, sounds like it was massively fast forcing Bernal to explain how he ended up at the sharp end and why the 5 seconds he gained on Roglic don't matter.

This was a net loss for him, cause now he spent more time in front of microphones and less time recovering and getting ready for tomorrow LOL.
Dale

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08/27/2021 03:31 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 08/27/2021 02:51 PM
This was a net loss for him, cause now he spent more time in front of microphones and less time recovering and getting ready for tomorrow LOL.


Trying to explain to a someone who doesn't follow pro cycling/ cycling tactics why giving up the leaders jersey in a stage race is like trying to explain a card trick to a Bassett hound. (and yes, I know he wasn't in the leaders jersey but the point remains)
79pmooney

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08/29/2021 11:01 AM
Great win for Rafal Majka. A hard, determined, well planned and well executed ride. No mistakes; ridden like a seasoned pro. (He made the late kms a bit of a snooze. No one was going to touch the first two places and Kruijswijk never made inroads on him.)

The fight to get into the break! The CN live broadcaster summed it up in one sentence - smartest race tactic seen today? Richard Carapaz who chose to DNS.
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longslowdistance

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08/29/2021 01:01 PM
Caked on dried sweat on every jersey. Brutal to hold a stage race in Spain in the summer.
Orange Crush

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08/29/2021 01:32 PM
At the same time the Basque part of Spain where they’ll be next week can be wildly cold and wet even this time of year being exposed to Atlantic weather patterns. It looks and feels much different from rest of Spain, far greener and lush. Looks like the race will come down to Wednesday Thursday hard mountain stages and then the final iTT Sunday.
Cosmic Kid

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08/30/2021 07:28 AM
Jeez…what a boring weekend of racing.

Best action was the first 60km yesterday trying to get a break formed.

Meh.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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08/31/2021 02:35 PM
It does feel like we've been riding towards a foregone conclusion and I have watched very little so far. But will be turning on the live feed over next two days.
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