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    Men's World Road Race : 2012

    Well, Vansummeren, De Weert and Devenyns were at the front of the bunch, and kept the escapees on reasonable distance, while Meersman was only Belgian in the breakaway. The moment Leukemans joined the group in front, it was time for others to take over the pace setting. They didn't even get the...
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    Men's World Road Race : 2012

    There was no surprise. That's the title Gilbert was targeting last couple of years, and today finished off the job in his trademark style. When I saw 4 Belgians and no Spaniards just before the attack, I couldn't believe. Great teamwork of Belgian team, and big fail for Spaniards despite...
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    Men's World Road Race : 2012

    The race has started. Break needed about an hour to form. My wish is Boonen. I'm not sure that 10 passes over the Cauberg are exactly his cup of tea, but classic nature of the course certainly gives him a chance to show intelligence and experience. Would be nice achievement to defend...
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    Men's World Road Race : 2012

    Besides the strong squad, Sagan may lack the form that marked him like one of the favorites. But young riders can pick up the form quickly, so I think experience will be the factor which will determine his result. It seems that every outcome, but the pure mass sprint, is possible on this...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Good effort from Rodrguez. Who knows what would have been if he rode entire race like today... More courageous, attacked when (if) he could, instead of defending and collecting bonuses. Vuelta is leaving similar impression like the Tour - the strongest hasn't won. But it's not everything in...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Is it too much to expect, after all the thrills, Valverde showing his bolas on the Bola del Mundo? That would be a stylish comeback. After full suspension, early hiccups and generally low expectations before the race.
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    I think it's over now. The only surprise for me was the place where everything happened. I've expected it to be on the Bola del Mundo, in his backyard. That would be a cinematic comeback. But it's not bad this way either. It's even more appropriate than saponaceous happy end. It tastes like...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    And we couldn't see the most epic moment of 2012 GT season in live coverage. Just the chase after the attack. Classy ride. But from the best GT rider of his generation shouldn't be expected less than to fight on every stage. And just not to forget sport's playwright, after the rest day on...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Shot of Cataldo in front of De Gendt on 20+% slope 200 meters to the finish was epic! They were slithering like snails, but it still was a race. Fantastic! It made me wish to visit this brutal climb. To feel the pain and satisfaction at the top. Behind them business as usual. Froome...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Congrats to Piedra. I bet everyone in escape were surprised he didn't crack. Valverde raced more clever than yesterday and picked the best moment for attack. Rodriguez looked like he wasn't troubled at all by Contador's efforts, and Contador looked like he's getting tired a bit. Podium...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    So far so good. Rodriguez is showing real quality. Tactical as well as physical. He might be closer to overall victory than it's expected. Contador lacks racing and calmness. With racing routine he lacks, attack he launched would have been more effective. And without the routine, he should...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Like most of cycling fans, I think it's Contador's race to lose now. Rodriguez is the only guy in position to threaten Contador, in my opinion. Froome and Valverde, although better than Rodriguez on longer climbs, are too far behind and as race progresses it's hard to expect them to get...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Rodriguez is simply unbeatable on this kind of terrain. On Saturday starts new sort of selection. Don't want to say that Rodriguez will certainly have difficulties (he's shown during the Giro he's improved on long climbs), just that this Vuelta has something for everybody, and everyone should...
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    unofficial tour of Spain thread

    Phil Gilbert on the path to Valkenburg.
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    Who are your favourite Cyclists?

    Yes. And shame he couldn't meet uncle Louie. At least, brothers are together now. Wonder if Neil wondered if Heaven is alike the Moon? Or if the Moon is part of the Heavens... Or where the Heavens' jurisdiction ends? Was he on Heaven or the Moon? I know I would be on Heaven if I would...