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La Vuelta - Stage 18, Its not the Angliru, its the Angliru's angry cousin

  • 02-09-2021 10:31am
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    Registered Users Posts: 19,755 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    Stage 18 and theres a beast at the end nearly 15 kilometer's long and with an average gradient of 9.8 per cent. Roglic back in red and Bernal probably killed himself yesterday to put up a challenge today.


    Movistar to go all out and come away with nothing


    Full coverage again on Eurosport





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  • Registered Users Posts: 945 ✭✭✭ Tim76


    It's a brute...




  • Registered Users Posts: 15,197 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Hopefully they do a sweep for horse poop before the riders get there 😅

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,755 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    Hope they resurfaced the road



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,014 ✭✭✭ Galego


    They did but just the concrete parts. A pity because the cement segments were part of the magic.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭ Daroxtar


    I see s few specks of rain on the camera lens. This could make things interesting. They descend off the top of the Corbetoria and then loop around to do El Cordal before coming back up the Corbetoria the way they descended and turning at the top for the the last 6km to the top of the Gamoniteiro. The Corbetoria descent is lightning fast but pretty wide. The Cordal is a different kettle of fish. Narrow, twisty, loads of shade, leaves on the road. Nibali crashed on it a couple of years ago leading into the Angliru. Contador launched his attack half way down and carried on to win his last ever race. If someone gets clear there it could be great craic.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,014 ✭✭✭ Galego


    Opppsss.....

    Second photo. That used to be concrete.




  • Registered Users Posts: 12,704 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    Michael Storer and Thyman Arensman were doing a great job of protecting Roman Bardet's lead in the KOM classification... until Storer accumulated more points than Bardet 😂



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino


    Storer looks like he's take a wrong turn in an U-16 race and ended up in the Vuelta



  • Registered Users Posts: 33,800 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    This race has been insane since the first stage.

    This final climb will be insane with the pace that's been on for most of the day.

    I wonder if Bardet is planning to go for the stage win. Very surprised he wasn't in the breakaway.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,984 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    If Roglic wins today, think that means he wins the Mountains Jersey as well. Unless Bardet/Storer comes 2nd/3rd



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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,197 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Bardet striking out now. Love to see him have good go here.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,493 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    A "goaty" road? Is that a phrase now?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 33,800 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    Could have been testing his legs and grabbing KOM points also.



  • Registered Users Posts: 33,800 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    Anybody know the reason why Roglic is wearing what looks like a miner's helmet with the piece on the front?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino


    Think its just a standard team-issue Lazer Genesis with oranged-lensed glasses stuck in the vent



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,984 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    Carlton's word of the day - 'Exponentially'



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,197 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Bahrain nowhere to be seen now after all that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭ Daroxtar


    26kmh on a 10% gradient. Jesus christ



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,984 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    This is a great climb



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  • Registered Users Posts: 287 ✭✭ Morris Garren


    Wild horses roaming in the background there; expecting goats, brown bears and a few vampires in the final 2km....



  • Registered Users Posts: 499 ✭✭ lissard


    Lopez really is a beautifully smooth climber.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,495 ✭✭✭ De Bhál


    gcn player acting up big time here



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,755 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    gota love the roads they find up the side of a mountain in spain



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,495 ✭✭✭ De Bhál


    that was class - almost zero visibility at the top. That's one climb I won't be putting on the bucket list.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭ Daroxtar


    That was a right good stage. The gradient not being quite as severe as the Angliru made for better racing. They'll definitely go back there again. Last 2 days have been very good.



  • Registered Users Posts: 287 ✭✭ Morris Garren


    The poor lads in the autobus will have some job getting up there unhindered; surely bump into the others coming down? Insane bit of road



  • Registered Users Posts: 33,800 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    Great ride from Sanchez. Mas really confuses me, he looks so strong thus whole tour and can keep up a high pace on the climbs, he clearly doesn't have the explosiveness of a puncheur but looks like he could go all day. I'd love to see him try set a high pace earlier on a climb and see if he can burn everybody off.



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,883 ✭✭✭✭ dahat


    There was a rather large truck parked about 500m from the line, I’d say the engine is burnt out from getting up that far.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,493 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    So Storer now takes the KOM jersey...

    Quelle domage pour Bardet!



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