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The Vuelta is heating up!
I am not following much, but things look interesting.
Quintana was able to distance Froome, and everyone, yesterday. Is this what it takes to grind down Froome?
Quintana, Valverde, Contador, and Froome all look like contenders, plus other all-around riders are still in the running.
 

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I don't think Froome can be ground down. Win the TdF, win a crit or two, hit the olympics road race, take bronze in the ITT, ride away from almost everyone in the Vuelta.

Pretty busy schedule, he should spend some time with British Track to explain how they can peak more than every 4 years.
 

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Vuelta is a totally different type of race to the Tour. Froome isn't at peak like he was for the Tour. Valverde is the one I'm impressed by and I've been a fan of his since 2005. A hard classics season, Giro, National Championships, Tour, San Sebastian, Olympics, Vuelta.
 

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I've never been a Valverde fan, but I have to admit he has been on the front all year. He's a dangerous man.
 

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It's nice seeing Nairo go on the attack a couple of times, hopefully he remembers how to do it again at next years' TdF.
 

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Froome still looking unbeatable to me esp. given the upcoming TT. Even when he started out slow the other day on the climb; when he turned it on he was the fastest guy on the mountain.
 

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I sometimes imagine what it would be like if Phil and Bob were narrating a porn video.


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Holy Cow.
Sitting here at work catching the text updates as I can...Love the Vuelta.
 

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best grand tour of the season I reckon. Amazing push by the breakaway today. was on the edge of my seat all morning.
 

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Damn.... You Know Who's teammates finished....53 MINUTES down today :eek:
 

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best grand tour of the season I reckon. Amazing push by the breakaway today. was on the edge of my seat all morning.
It's hard to argue with this. Great racing today and Quintana is a grown butt man. That's how you take the fight to someone. It was definitely a lot of fun to watch.
 

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It's hard to argue with this. Great racing today and Quintana is a grown butt man. That's how you take the fight to someone. It was definitely a lot of fun to watch.
Was definitely fun to watch.....The grupetto finished 20+ minutes past the elimination time. For *some reason* the UCI jury decided to completely ignore the elimination time rules today. Golly gee I wonder why.


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
 

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Vuelta is a totally different type of race to the Tour. Froome isn't at peak like he was for the Tour. Valverde is the one I'm impressed by and I've been a fan of his since 2005. A hard classics season, Giro, National Championships, Tour, San Sebastian, Olympics, Vuelta.
The older he gets the stronger he gets, and the longer season he is able to race. He goes full out from the classics through the worlds. amazing nobody else can do that for a full season while staying competitive the whole time. He should share his secret when he retires.
 

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Well played on their part to absorb as many riders as they could, but to simply sit up and not even work was an insult to Sky, Moviestar and Tinkoff who actually raced today. What do you do if one of the riders who took a rest day wins tomorrow? Is that fair to Contador who put it all out there today to only just come up short?
 

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Excellent stage. Credit to Brambilla for starting the break and Contador for then going and driving it on. Quintana and Movistar were quick to jump on (and took their turns on pacing duties) but Froome/Sky and OBE seemed to be asleep. "All" Froome had to do was keep an eye on Quintana and wheel suck in the same way as Quintana did to Froome in the TdF. All in all it was a bit of a bizarre performance from Sky and OBE. ...... and Froome would have lost a lot more time (maybe + 5 to 10 minutes) if Astana hadn't taken over the pacing duties to protect Scaproni's top 10 position. Certainly, Froome's own team were nowhere to be seen.

Definitely a stage to remember and I'm very happy that I was able to watch it live from the start.
 

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Not too happy with nearly half the peloton missing the time cut and be allowed to continue...That would've changed the game a little. :)
 

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Not too happy with nearly half the peloton missing the time cut and be allowed to continue...That would've changed the game a little. :)
IIRC, 71 inside the time limit, 93 outside (it might be 73, 91?). The entire Direct Energie team missed the cut. Four teams, including Sky would have had one (or 2 depending on whether Lopez made the cut) rider left and another eight would have had two or three riders left. I guess the jury took sponsors, audience and supporters aspects into consideration. It is a judgment call that they are allowed to make. They also chose not to do anything about what some thought came very near to Moto pacing from the camera bikes at the front of the breakaway.

Anyway, life and the Vuelta goes on.
 
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