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    Well he has it in the bag after today. Great stuff from Quintana and Rodriguez which means contador isn't getting a podium after he blew up on the final climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Well he has it in the bag after today. Great stuff from Quintana and Rodriguez which means contador isn't getting a podium after he blew up on the final climb.
    contador's been hanging on for every climb hasn't he. I've been impressed with Rodriguez this last week. He really pushed today to get the podium. Quintana's been great and deserves his jerseys. But froome's never looked like losing it and is a comfortable winner in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toon Wolf View Post
    I tend to agree. Given the history of cycling in recent times it isn't surprising that someone who basically comes from nowhere a few years ago to being head and shoulders above the rest of the competition now is coming into question. It goes with the territory I'm afraid. I hope he's clean, but if I'm honest, it wouldn't surprise me one little bit if he was a cheating little drug fraud.

    It's the same with athletics- Yohann Blake comes from nowhere to seriously challenge the best in the world, multiple Jamaicans have tested positive in recent weeks and suddenly he pulls out of the World Championships. I may be putting 2 + 2 together and making 5, but my cynicism due to recent events calls it suspicious.
    How many individual grand stage wins had Chris Froome had before this years TdF?

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    Home in time for tomorrow's formalities, congratulations Sky and Mr. Froome.

    It's been a hell of a week, already starting to think about 2014!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehistorymakers View Post
    How many individual grand stage wins had Chris Froome had before this years TdF?
    Two or three I think. Stage 7 of last years tdf, and then he was there or thereabouts in vuelta 2011 and 2012
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    Thanks Paddington.

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    Chris Horner leads the Vuelta after 3 stages, at 41 is oldest man ever to lead a grand tour.

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    There's hope for us all!
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    Just checking the route and it looks a cracker. Looking forward to the stage finishing up the Angliru. Absolute bastard of a climb.
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    The last week is a bit horrific!
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    Did you spot the stage that ends on an unclassified climb? No points as the climb is too short but it is thirty fucking percent!
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    Not sure if it's that one or the Angliru, but they were walking up one of them last year.

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    I think it was that one. Seem to remember it is a ramp up into a medieval city. Rodriguez won the stage from froome but it was insane.

    Angliru is just horrific. Makes ventoux look like a gentle ride through the park.
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    Bit rough on Horner today, given the time gap compared to yesterday. Not that he looked too bothered.

    The Mirador today was the climb from last year, 23%
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    The one coming up is 29-30%. In the stage after the Alto de Blanca out back of Estepona. Sunday I think, maybe Monday. Literally only a kilometre or two, but it will be carnage. Mirador is a beast, but not at 30k from the finish.
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    The commissaires were completely inconsistent to find a time gap today when they didn't yesterday. Very poor in my view.
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    Seems a few had to walk yesterday

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    Gutted for Martin, only one winner for me today...
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    Oh totally agree. To break for 175k and get caught on the line is just a terrible shame for the bloke.
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    It was fucking heartbreaking, after all that effort.

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    today is the day of that lunatic ramp in the last kilometre. Going to be fun stuff.

    Nicolas Roche was awesome yesterday up the Las Blancas. Nice to see the race went past a place a stayed in Estepona during the 2002 world cup on the way through yesterday as well.
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    Roche misses out by 1 second.

    Race is starting to get interesting...
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    Fernando Alonso is buying a soon to be defunct cycling team it seems.

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    That would be Askadi Euskaltel I guess. Spanish team and due to pull out the sport at the end of the year due to lack of sponsorship.
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    That's the one.

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    That would make him even more popular in Spain than he is now. That team grew out of the Banesto team that Indurain and Pedro Delgado dominated. Hugely popular in the basque region and usually filled with Spanish mountain goats.
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    I've no idea about cycling, just something I saw on a Ferrari forum. I know he's a huge cycling enthusiast.

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    Not surprised as he was born in Oviedo. That is massive cycling country.
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    I see that a lot of tems struggle for sponsorship, any reason for this Paddy?
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