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Clasica San Sebastián a perfect race today to start this off with. Let's do this.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 11:52 (two years ago) link

Official website: https://www.klasikoa.eus/

Special as I've been living there for two months and miss it like crazy, so bring on the scenery.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 12:01 (two years ago) link

See, another reason to be envious.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:12 (two years ago) link

well that is patently unfair :)

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 July 2017 16:50 (two years ago) link

Sorry guys :)

Thought it was a good race. Didn't expect Sky to control it like they did the TdF. Poor Landa though; if he's not working for Froome he's working for Kwiatkovski.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

bah the only televised cycling i have right now is Tour of Utah coming up on Monday :/

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:50 (two years ago) link

NBC's thing has a couple of races they're covering this weekend -- going on vacation next week, I'll catch up with them then.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:21 (two years ago) link

Sunweb are having a lucrative summer.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/29/coryn-rivera-win-ridelondon-classique

Madchen, Sunday, 30 July 2017 08:19 (two years ago) link

I became aware of Coryn Rivera when she won at Redlands two years ago, and have been a fan since. It was great to see her win Flanders this year, and now being fourth in the Women's WorldTour rankings.

naus, Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:50 (two years ago) link

http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=Last+10+Km+of+Stage+3&dashboard=tour-de-pologne&id=fNokRhde6k0&yr=2017

From the leafy trees+undergrowth and herky-jerky towns to the shitty pavement and hills, Szczyrk Poland resembles Western CT hills/Berkshires of MA of my youth waaaayy more than I woulda guessed. That finish was a pretty stern vo2 blowout, though. Sagan is there nothing you can't do?

popcorn michael awaits trumptweet (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 03:18 (two years ago) link

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/vuelta-a-espana/the-vuelta-a-espana-will-take-on-an-incredibly-steep-31-climb-and-these-photos-show-just-how-tough-it-is-345302

Looking forward to the Vuelta. Stage 17 could be like that one last year, when half the peloton didn't make the time cut.

naus, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:03 (two years ago) link

Most entertaining if so.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:08 (two years ago) link

Vuelta is going to be great.

Had an eye on the Burgos Vuelta, too. Landa won it so, so easily.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link

Vuelta is going to be Bertie's last race, here's hoping for one last crazy attack up a mountain
https://www.instagram.com/p/BXfHbrNFo3t/

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 7 August 2017 12:04 (two years ago) link

Watching the Colorado Classic because why not. GREAT setting for sure.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:09 (two years ago) link

Sanchez out of the Vuelta, probably out of cycling forever, due to doping.

http://www.velonews.com/2017/08/news/samuel-sanchez-positive-hgh-stimulating-peptide_446191

naus, Friday, 18 August 2017 05:12 (two years ago) link

Well that'll do ya

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 August 2017 05:26 (two years ago) link

Anyway, who's watching the Vuelta? Yesterday's ending was fun but today's was definitely the best stage so far, great final 10 K or so.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:26 (two years ago) link

Started watching today, and yes the last 10km were great. Have to hand it to Froome fighting for every second from the get go. Saw him post race saying "I once lost the Vuelta on 13 seconds, I do not want that to happen again." Vuelta is such a different beast than the TdF, you can't imagine a stage like this one being just the third stage of a tour. Madness ensues.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:33 (two years ago) link

Yeah the Vuelta's relative unfamiliarity to me -- this is only the second one I've seen -- makes it really interesting in terms of the dynamics at play. Things seem a lot more up in the air day by day.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:35 (two years ago) link

TdF's so much more controlled. First week you get sprints, second week the climbing starts, third week is rough(-ish) climbing, a sprint, and time trial, and hello Paris. Not taking anything away from it, but the Vuelta is just completely unpredictable every single year. There is no 'build up' of stages. It makes it way more difficult for teams like Sky to control the race. You picked a good Vuelta to follow because this years is particularly brutal. Eight, nine stages finishing up hill? Parts with 23% going up? Can't make it up.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:44 (two years ago) link

I'm not a big Froome fan, but loved to see him go for it. On just the third day! The Vuelta is an individual race in the end, not a team race like the TdF.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:46 (two years ago) link

Froome in 2011 vs Cobo is still the most hilarious thing I've watched except for flandis' solo tdf escapade. It was like, a _pacific rim_ level duel. It's Also when froome went from on the border of being cut from sky to the greatest star since Armstrong, almost overnight.

Hmmm Horner in 13 vuelta on angliru, was as hilarious, but less haha.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 01:50 (two years ago) link

nb comparing froome and horner to those others is not intended as an implication of anything- vuelta is legit my favorite gt viewing.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 02:15 (two years ago) link

holy crap lutsenko is a house

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:39 (two years ago) link

just looked over the course maps and...i don't see how any sprinters could even make it to the flat final day.

fun finish today, everyone just pounding themselves tryna stay in the picture. kudus trying to catch lutsenko looked brave. woods is still my favorite "story," as a 30 y/o who came out of elite running who's coming good in the protour, it's more than amazing.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:30 (two years ago) link

holy crap lutsenko is a house

Pretty great ending there yeah. Today's was fun, those three were being cagey all the way along.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:38 (two years ago) link

Great victory by Alaphillipe there -- that was one wild finish.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:58 (two years ago) link

love this

Adam Hansen meets 92-year-old Bernardo Ruiz, 1948 #Vuelta winner and previous holder of the record of most consecutive Grand Tours ridden pic.twitter.com/IdQtS0gsXp

— The Cycling Podcast (@cycling_podcast) August 27, 2017

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 August 2017 11:52 (two years ago) link

Hadn't seen that, fantastic!

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Sunday, 27 August 2017 12:13 (two years ago) link

Just read this interview with Chaves. Damn, what a guy! He's got so much respect it's impossible to dislike him or do anything other than give respect back.

naus, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:09 (two years ago) link

Also love Hansen and the fact that he wrote the logistics software for Lotto.

naus, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:16 (two years ago) link

lol race go boom see ya next year. lopez looked amaaaazing though. and bmc has two huge sads.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:45 (two years ago) link

Yeah that was a fantastic finish yesterday. But yes, main race pretty much done and dusted I figure. I'll just watch for the crazy landscapes; the Benidorm stage...I get it now.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:44 (two years ago) link

This looks like a difficult day in store, even before they reach the Alto de l'Angliru.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 12:28 (two years ago) link

Sure does. Wish I had had more time to watch this last week, but didn't (just three mins of highlights every night, it didn't feel like enough). Will be watching today though.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 14:25 (two years ago) link

Finish line right now, oof:

Finish podium Angliru #LV2016. Now 6.5°C but it can get better. pic.twitter.com/pclwuaGWvv

— Philippe Maertens (@philmaertens) September 9, 2017

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 14:28 (two years ago) link

Watching this descent through my fingers, absolutely brutal.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:08 (two years ago) link

I'll need to catch up on this! But wow, sounds crazy.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:32 (two years ago) link

Absolutely amazing performance from Contador.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:46 (two years ago) link

Amazingly Froome has shaved half a minute from Contador in the past few minutes.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:53 (two years ago) link

That. Was. In. Sane.

One of the most beautiful finales I've ever seen. What a brutal climb, and what a joy to see Contador win his last race ever.

Amazingly Froome has shaved half a minute from Contador in the past few minutes.

That was mostly Poels tbh :) Got Wiggins/Froome flashbacks there - and not for the first time - when Poels seemed stronger than his captain.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 16:07 (two years ago) link

hats off to Bertie, what a way to go out

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:51 (two years ago) link

Yeah what a great ride by Contador, and he's been surprisingly strong for the last few days. I know he's controversial and everything but I don't think anyone can take this away from him.

On a more humdrum level I stood out in the rain in Moreton-in-Marsh to watch the riders go by in the Tour of Britain today

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:59 (two years ago) link

Pro cycling is a little easier to watch now that I don't feel the need to care about whether what I see is on the level. That sounds like snide BS, but whatevs. Before I def didn't think it was all on the level, but I actually cared about that aspect of sport, and wanted to feel like the winner was clean. I think it's a worthwhile objective and testing should continue, but it's all in the game to me now. I sorta just wanna see people suffer and try and succeed or fail, and not get injured. I'd tell any of them to their faces I didn't believe there's a way to reliably know if anyone's clean, and the necessary power/weight numbers are clearly pointing to no fuckin way. but nice job. if u get busted, I'll believe that too. Ha tl;dr post.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Saturday, 9 September 2017 22:19 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Another year in rainbow stripes for Sagan.

naus, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:19 (one year ago) link

didn't even seem to be in that great of shape to win this.

Luckily Bergen looked absolutely amazing. At least, until the tv cameras crashed with 2-3 km to go.

Ludo, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:23 (one year ago) link

Bergen looked the part indeed! The crashing cameras were p hilarious tbh. Waiting till the finish cam picked them up and the commentators despairing was oddly... soothing?

Couldn't see enough of todays race due to work. Dumoulin had a blast this week with two titles. October 7th, Lombardia, is in my planner in capitals.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:29 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

"My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my salbutamol dosage."

sure I'm being naive here but if his asthma was deteriorating wouldn't responsible medical advice be to pull out of the race?

But doctor, I am Camille Paglia (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:06 (one year ago) link

In any case I've already heard several doctors declare that it's simply impossible to get this much salbutamol in using an inhaler.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:25 (one year ago) link

“We’re banning you due to terminally boring races by you and your team. Oh and the drugs.”

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:21 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

Bring on La Vuelta!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2018 18:03 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

british grand slam ! genuinely extraordinary

||||||||, Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:55 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

The London races this weekend were kinda crazy with both having notable crashes near the end. Viviani pulled it out with a great attack on the men's side (and then today announces for Cofidis which is kinda hilarious given how his team did the work for him yesterday).

But on a much sadder note:

https://deadspin.com/pro-cyclist-bjorg-lambrecht-dies-after-crash-during-rac-1836977471

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 August 2019 20:38 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Enjoying La Vuelta so far -- nothing crazy dramatic, just some good solid rides.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 August 2019 21:43 (three weeks ago) link

Roglic rode all competition to shit today, as expected. Stoked for the rest of this. Between the insane stage of last Sunday (w/ footage missing, piecing together how Roglic fell on the dirt road through twitter videos) and all that has happened already, it's like this Vuelta has already been going on for weeks. Love it.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 19:07 (two weeks ago) link

Y así fue la caída de Roglic. Entró en el camino de barro junto con @alejanvalverde@NairoQuinCo y de repente se le fue la rueda. Día complicado ayer en Andorra. ¿Quién dijo que esto fuera fácil? #roglic #ciclismo #lavuelta #vueltaciclistaespaña #camaraman #motocamara #LaVuelta19 pic.twitter.com/6Yynua9QhE

— Pack del Toro (@Packdeltoro) September 2, 2019

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dirt section 2 days ago was so grimy with the hail. enjoying seeing kuss working. (aussie commentary two days ago said kuss went to uni in WA lol- fighting words!)

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

Glad I was able to catch up on all stages today (holiday weekend meant guests from out of town). Roll on the rest...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 23:44 (two weeks ago) link

kuss was given a perfect tee-up, but then at least struck it so clean. beautiful job.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 8 September 2019 19:36 (one week ago) link

Kuss's enthusiasm was heartfelt/heartwarming etc.

as far as GC contenders go, the Vuelta isn't really delivering. I thought Superman Lopez would've been in better shape. I assume Valverde will not win time on Roglic in the third week.

Ludo, Sunday, 8 September 2019 20:00 (one week ago) link

it's like, Pogacar is too young, Valverde is too old. Quintana has spent too much energy on Tour de France and inner team struggles. So we're left with M.Lo to do it (and he's got he team to back it up).

Ludo, Sunday, 8 September 2019 20:02 (one week ago) link

Loved Kuss' win. Been enjoying this Vuelta btw, w/ Pogacar, Gilbert's earlier win, and so many youngsters having a go. Love the bandits of Euskadi Murias and Burgos, too, giving this Vuelta a needed rosy glow on the cheeks.

Ludo otm, but Lopez still won't deliver. Think it's clear Roglic will breeze to the title (bad luck not withstanding). Valverde ever so impressive but not as good as Roglic. Plus Jumbo have the team to deliver.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 September 2019 07:34 (one week ago) link

Brilliant stuff from Pogacar. Him and Roglic surely buddies 4 life now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:42 (one week ago) link

Rumors Roglic may wanna get out of Jumbo (to Emirates)?In light of Dumoulin cannot say I blame him for wanting clear leadership role, but perhaps Pogacar on board UAE would be its own issue sooner than he may think.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:17 (one week ago) link

remco evenepoel is a weapon

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:21 (one week ago) link

A little late but yeah, loved Kuss's win as well, fun interview just after too. Right kind of enthusiasm and not an easy stage! Yesterday's stage good as well, kinda glad for the break today just to catch up on things.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:26 (one week ago) link

Rumors Roglic may wanna get out of Jumbo (to Emirates)?In light of Dumoulin cannot say I blame him for wanting clear leadership role, but perhaps Pogacar on board UAE would be its own issue sooner than he may think.

― Hunt3r, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:17 PM (twenty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Erm, Roglic signed a new contract today, staying at Jumbo till 2023 :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:43 (one week ago) link

remco evenepoel is a weapon

― prorogue mahone (||||||||), Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:21 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

You sure you don't mean Van der Poel?

What a finish! Congratulations @mathieuvdpoel!#OVOToBpic.twitter.com/pyi4MgvSs3

— Tour of Britain 🇬🇧 (@TourofBritain) September 10, 2019

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:44 (one week ago) link

vdp is a weapon also but remco is something else

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:49 (one week ago) link

jesus @ that sprint

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:51 (one week ago) link

he shoulda raced mtb worlds, he had enough time to recover for road worlds.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 03:11 (one week ago) link

For some reason there's a breakaway w/ Quintana, Kelderman and Pernsteiner, and the peloton can't close the gap, which is already 3min.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:05 (one week ago) link

4.30 now. And we can't even watch it...

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:55 (one week ago) link

mental stage - 31mph average speed. gilbert said he was spinning at 110RPM (!) on his 54x11 (!!)

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:28 (one week ago) link

crowd chanting “¡HI-GUI-TA!” at podium was pretty great.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:58 (one week ago) link

Yeah, he held on really great. I kinda feel for Pogacar, his first Vuelta's just a couple of days too long for him, but he's been great.

Again confirmed today Quintana cannae hack it uphill right now. Which retroactively renders yesterdays "coup" pretty much useless. I expect Lopez to knock him off third on Saturday.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:01 (one week ago) link

Roglic caught in a crash, Movistar puts its foot on the gas. QuickStep and Astana giving Valverde a right bollocking.

🇪🇸 #LaVuelta19

After a crash in the peloton, which involved race leader Primoz Roglic (TJV), Movistar have now been removed from every other teams Christmas gift list... 🤷🏼‍♂️ Some order being restored now though, as the break with @ben_oconnor95 has 1’50”.

— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) September 13, 2019

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 13 September 2019 14:37 (one week ago) link

Hell of a run-in by Cavagna there!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 September 2019 21:25 (one week ago) link

VAI POGACAR

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:04 (six days ago) link

weapon

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:29 (six days ago) link

Love that guy

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:44 (six days ago) link


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