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La Vuelta 2017 **SPOILERS**

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by rich p, 22 Jul 2017.

  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    The next GT starts in less than a month on August 19th.
    Some are crocked, some knackered from the Giro or Tour, some getting a bit past their sell-by date.
    Froome will be odds on if he does it - he will...
    Landa, Pinot and Quintana have done the Giro and the TdF.
    Valverde is borked
    Bertie is a busted flush
    Nibali could be Froome's main threat
    Porte will struggle to be mended and fit
    Dumoulin, Gesink, Kruisjwick could play a part
    Aru, Barguil, Bardet?
    • 5 stages flat and 1 level with end in high
    • 8 stages of average mountain
    • 5 mountain stages
    • 1 team time trial stage
    • 1 individual time trial stage
    Testing Features
    • 13.8 km Team Time Trial
    • 42 km individual time trial
    • 50 mountain passes
    • 2 days rest
    Could be fun unless Sky drain the life out of it.
     
  2. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I've just read on CN that neither Dumoulin or Gesink will be there, but Barguil may be if he doesn't argue with with the Sunweb management.
     
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Location:
    Wirral
    Zakarin, Ilnur.

    Looks like Froome has organised his season to be in enough form to do the Tour and the Vuelta. I think he might be too young to win it yet :whistle:
     
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  4. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Will Astana give Nibbles better support than they did Aru?

    Maybe some over the hill neverbeen or done nothing for whole career/does nothing for rest of career previously mediocre rider will put in an 'amazing' performance and surprise us all!
     
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  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    My money's on Haimar Zubeldia!
     
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  6. brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Bromley
    It would be odd if they do, because he rides for Bahrain Merida these days ^_^
     
  7. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Location:
    Hexleybeef
    Pedant.
     
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  8. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I did forget that.
     
  9. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    A more interesting selection of stage profiles, possibly 1 average mountain stage too many and the ITT is too long - I'm never happy me.
     
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  10. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    We plan on being near the (mountain top) finish of stage 8, we're setting off next Thursday^_^
     
  11. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    I don't think Froome was saving himself in the Tour - Sky were effective at controlling the race but he just wasn't at his best, as he hasn't been all season. Still good enough to win, obviously - largely thanks to his main rivals all being rubbish at time trials and/or going down mountains - but I doubt he has another grand tour in him this season. Sky ought to be backing Rosa or Poels. Or even Landa, who looks like he still has three more GTs in him this season.

    I'm with @Crackle - my money is on Zakarin. Nibali and Kruijswijk are obvious contenders. And Jungels. Lopez could be worth watching too.

    Leo Konig is an unknown quantity - he'll be fresh, at least.

    Surely they'll be backing Kelderman? Assuming he's over his injuries from the Giro crash.
     
  12. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    Yeah, I suppose LL Sanchez isn't quite old enough yet.
     
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  13. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Juan Antonio Fletcher might as well have a go, I can't understand half what he says on the telly anyway.
     
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  14. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I'd forgotten Konig entirely - Is he racing yet?
    I can't see Kelderman ever winning a GT though I have been known to be wrong!
     
  15. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Über Member