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    Must say it everyday "Alberto you will be missed".
     

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    Thomas deGent is some kind of stage assassin.
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    Front row seat for the fireworks on the Angliru today--time to wake up and smell the mastic:

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    It's useful to have two truing stands. I'm sure you're able to save a lot of time by building wheels, truing wheels and cementing tires with each hand simultaneously. I wish I were that ambidextrous!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    It's useful to have two truing stands. I'm sure you're able to save a lot of time by building wheels, truing wheels and cementing tires with each hand simultaneously. I wish I were that ambidextrous!
    Hah, one is almost 30 years old and I assigned it my gluing jobs. I built quite a few sets of wheels on that thing, BITD. There was some reason, now forgotten, for getting a second one. It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I'm a pack-rat, too, which doesn't help. One for steel, one for carbon, yeah that's the ticket.
     

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    One for front wheels, one for rear?
     

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    Are Eurosport's log in servers on the fritz? Neither the log in (says wrong password) or the forgot password (says error, retry) are working successfully, and clicking on Help results in a spinning beach ball, which suggests that something is going on at their end.

    So for now, I'm watching the Aussie coverage on NBC Sports Gold.
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    I could not log in to Eurosport one hour ago. I can now so it seems to be working.
     

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    The police have to punch and shove people out of the way so Contador can wiggle his way through. Nail biter to see if he can pull it off.

    How did so many fat people get up that mountain and why are they the ones who insist on running alongside Contador?
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    Wout Poels? So I guess he's a mountain climber now?

    edit: Ah nevermind. I had my Netherlandish riders mixed up.

    Nice ride by El Pistolero.
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    Contador just misses the podium. What a great performance!
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    Contador certainly attacked on every opportunity he could and will finish his career on a high (and would have come a very close second but for a dodgy stomach early on) and Nibali gave it a bit of a nudge, but otherwise the whole thing was a bit of a snooze.

    Sky's dominance and the 'following' culture is boring.
     

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    Still a great stage.
    Sky's double the budget and professionalism are showing. 5 riders in the remnants of the peloton.
    Sad for Kelderman to lose 3rd. He was still smiling though...
     

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Contador always shows up to race.

    Kelderman will see podiums soon enough.
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    It looks that a rider like Dumoulin , who can mimic / follow Sky's strategy and hit in the ITT has the best chance of coming close in GC.
    The course got to favor that though.
     

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    This course had climbs on nearly every stage. The Vuelta has recently had some of the toughest climbs of the year, and they seem to be making that a tradition (maybe it always has been,) but when the Angliru is so late in a very bumpy race, I think a lot of the GC contenders - and perhaps more importantly, their teammates - are worn out. But I guess that might be the organizers' goal? To try to wear out Team Sky and distill the contest to just Froome against the other GC candidates mano a mano. However, that didn't happen this time, because Sky took the approach of pounding the race in the first week, taking as much time as possible and then losing as little of that time as they could manage over the next two weeks while taking every opportunity to take time when it was offered. The rest of the race it was 100 rpms and stay at the front.

    I don't know that it was a boring race as much as it was an efficient race, which isn't boring just disappointing. I like the Vuelta and the Giro because they are NOT the Tour de France. But I think the Sky approach kind of sucked some of the air out of the Vuelta. I think there has to be some sort of budget equalization for the teams, but I don't know if the total revenue from televised coverage would support a profit sharing structure where each team gets a piece.

    On the other hand, will Froome ever attempt a triple? If he can have this kind of success in a double, how scalable is their approach?
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    On the other hand, will Froome ever attempt a triple? If he can have this kind of success in a double, how scalable is their approach?
    This was Froome's sixth attempt to win the Vuelta and his third attempt to do the Tour Vuelta double. Geraint Thomas was asked if he would ride the Vuelta after crashing out of the Giro and the Tour this year. His reply was that he did not feel able to do the necessary weight loss three times in one year. Obviously nothing is impossible but even Froome did not find the double easy to achieve, managing only on his third attempt, and a triple is probably physiologically a huge task when there are so many other good riders who may be concentrating on only one Grand Tour in that year.
     

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    good contract ride by teejay -- 10th in a grand tour is a good result, but, remembering robert millar's words after the 85 worlds, it's also, in the cold world of pro cycling, a high also-ran finish. still, it proves teejay can still ride up there in the gc, solidifies his role as porte's lieutenant going forward, and justifies a high salary. good on him. a giro stage win, 10th in spain -- that's a solid resume for domestique de luxe.
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    Mike Woods gets 7th. Nice to see a Canadian, and a local one at that, crack a top 10. Good news too that he still has a job with Slipstream.
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    Very nice ride by Woods indeed. Looked to me like a really hard race, even by grand tour standards.
     

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