Chasing Red - La Vuelta 2018

Discussion in 'general sports' started by Hollis, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Dare we believe yet? It’s a brutal final test tomorrow :eek:

    He’s looking good though :cool:
     
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  2. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Yates, if he does it, is definitely my favourite of the four British GT winners. A proper climber and without the huge team of the others.

    Hopefully Adam can match him next year at some point.
     
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  3. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    He would have to be struck by lightning or have a giant anvil fall out of the sky onto his head to lose from here
     
  4. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    You did watch the Giro, yeah? :hmm: :D
     
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  5. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    I did, but even that collapse wasn’t as sudden or late as this would have to be
     
  6. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    The racing is great without the sky train.
     
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  7. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    1-38. With what, 5 categorised climbs in less than 100km?

    I think he’s managed his form well and is going to do it, but it’s not that impossible for him to crack/somone else (Valverde presumably) to catch him.
     
  8. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    If he does it it’ll be an incredible achievement for British cycling as a whole. 3 different GC winners in a season, and 5 consecutive GC wins.
     
  9. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Great ride from Enric Mas today especially considering he had no team mates after the first bump in the road.
    Sky will probably sign him to be a supermom for Bernal
     
  10. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    That was great. Yates rides into the history books and I think I heard Valverde go bang from here :D
     
  11. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    I really enjoyed that. Yates is just incredibly entertaining. His answer to every tactical question is to attack again. Also Mas was fun and I defy any cycling fan not to like Pinot’s wins.
     
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  12. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    And only two of them identify as asthmatics!
     
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  13. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    He really took it to Movifail.
    Incredible ride by Mas. Last Friday he was 12th after having been sick yet managed to climb up to 2nd without any semblance of a team (QS squad was built around Viviani) and still managed to attack on occasion despite Mitcheton Scott, Astana and Movistar having decent doms.
    I thought he had an (pretty) outside chance of podium and regret not putting money on at 40/1.
     
  14. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Send a bit strange they aren't showing today's section live on TV :facepalm:
     
  15. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    He just took everything in his stride and stayed so calm and collected. Much better tactically over the 3 weeks. Obviously he didn't have a Dumoulin or Froome at his heals but there was plenty of talent he had to fend off. Amazing year for UK cycling.
     
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  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    It’s live on Eurosport.
     
  17. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    I think it's Will Fotheringham in the Guardian who's written about how they had to use a different strategy in the Giro as they expected Froome and Dumoulin to pick up time on the long time-trial.

    Anyway - that was a great tour, after a confusing first week... I like these less dominated races, and young riders coming through. Good to see Mr De Ghent winning the mountain classification as well.
     
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  18. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Brits have taken the three grand tours this season; funny how we do that just before Brexit :D
     
  19. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    He should be stripped of his title . Look at Mitchelton Scott blatantly blocking the road so no one can overtake

    [​IMG]
     
  20. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Why is no one talking about his failed drug test in 2016 , Is that done and dusted?
     
  21. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    British riders don't dope. It's all down to courage.
     
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  22. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM
  23. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Dutch courage :D
     
  24. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Apart from David Millar and the cheating French Cofidis.
     

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