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Vuelta 2017 - I'm red al(red)y!

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Froome , Froome indeed , good attack on the hills yesterday but the camera work on the Vuelta s never as good as the Tour. The guys at the front were doing some decent work yesterday but we didn't always see it and were reliant on Ned and co to keep us posted . .

l'll be surprised if Froome doesn't win this now despite the valliant efforts yesterday of wee Berti. .

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3 hours ago, saintnextlifetime said:

Froome , Froome indeed , good attack on the hills yesterday but the camera work on the Vuelta s never as good as the Tour. The guys at the front were doing some decent work yesterday but we didn't always see it and were reliant on Ned and co to keep us posted . .

l'll be surprised if Froome doesn't win this now despite the valliant efforts yesterday of wee Berti. .

Yup, wins today's stage from Chaves so will increase his lead.

Only Chaves within a minute of vroom, vroom!

 

 

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Sean Kelly was a great cyclist and a very genuine individual but I have to admit that I sometimes struggle to understand his accent. .

He's a good co commentator these days, when he's in the mood. Quite dry sense of humour as well.

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Really the writings been on the wall since Stage 3 and with 2-212  mins to in the bank from the ITT he's effectively got over three minutes to play with on the road stages and really who's gonna claw that back. Special mention to Sky's Gianni Moscon the domestique supreme

On a personal note it's nice to see wee Berti in the Top 10 and Adam Hansen (112th) well on his way to completing his nineteenth Grand Tour in a row.

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Aye , today was the day for slips, trips and falls and even a bit of blatant thuggery (I haven't seen that at a pro race for a long time) . Wee Berti put on a good show for the home fans and proved that even a cheat can make good viewing. Froome went on to prove why he is the top pro winning the race.

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Aye , today was the day for slips, trips and falls and even a bit of blatant thuggery (I haven't seen that at a pro race for a long time) . Wee Berti put on a good show for the home fans and proved that even a cheat can make good viewing. Froome went on to prove why he is the top pro winning the race.

Pretty disappointing that even when Froome slips up (literally) the others can't make significant gains

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1 hour ago, TPAFKATS said:


Pretty disappointing that even when Froome slips up (literally) the others can't make significant gains

It would appear to be poor organisation from the opposition . Going back to the days of Wiggo's win of the Tour , Sky have been consistently good at organisation which ultimately is the work of Brailsford . When Richie Port left I thought it would be a major blow for them but they seem to be able to adapt fairly quickly and ride out the challenges . .

I thought wee Bardet would have done better per his Tour performance but it hasn't really happened for him. .

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Not as large a winning margin as I expected for Froome yesterday but he's still extended his lead and now only Nibali is within 2mins (just).

A few tricky stages left including the Angry Lou on the penultimate day but with the help of his team Froome's been best on the climbs as well so it'll take something pretty spectacular to prevent him ending up with an orange jersey.

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Stage 17 - Froome loses 40 secs to Nibali to keep the race alive.

2 hilly stages and then the "killer" final up the Angry Lew looks like the race organizers have got the finish they want! :clapping

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Stage 18 - Great team performance by Sky and Froome regains 20 seconds from Nibali.

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Stage 19 - another hilly one but the last 15km is downhill after a Cat3 climb. Would be surprised to see any movement in the GC standings but in this Tour you never know. A mega break of 27 riders is 15 mins ahead but none from Sky. They'll all be taking the strain for Froomey - at 32-y-o he's approaching senior stage of his career but if any rivals fancy taking him on in a Grand Tour then they're gonna have to revamp their strategy 'cos at the moment Chris is The Daddy.

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Let's also salute the winner,  it wasn't certain till the summit of the Angry Lou was reached although we all called it after Stage 3.

3 Sky team riders in the Red Jersey group with 5km to go - supercaleyfragillisticexpebloodyimpressive!

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