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La Vuelta a Espana 2010: Stage 8 #lavuelta #vuelta

Posted by bikezilla on September 4, 2010

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Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) said: “I went for the first sprint to get the jersey. I didn’t understand why it didn’t count, I only found out later that it was because of the crash. Tomorrow is another opportunity to take the lead. I want it badly.”

What he means is that he wanted the time bonus he should have won along with that intermediate sprint, but he lost the bonus because of a crash. The loss of the time bonus gave the Red (leader’s) Jersey to Euskatel’s Igor Anton.

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) bit it.

Menchov can (and does) blame the crash earlier in the race for leaving him with an injured, weakened right knee. But his lack of guts in fighting for the lead in previous stages (just like in the entire Tour) made today’s time loss more significant.

Frank Schleck’s only excuse is that he sucked. He’s just not what we expected coming into the Vuelta. He either just doesn’t give a shiite and is thumbing his nose at Bjarne Riis, or he hasn’t recovered his form after breaking his collarbone early in the Tour.

Looks like Frank’s disrespect of the Red Jersey was not only premature, but completely pointless.

Unlike Menchov and Schleck, Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) is showing both fantastic form and bucket-loads of guts. It’ll be interesting to watch the fight for supremacy between he and Rodriguez.

That early crash also included Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and if his kit wasn’t enough of a beacon to guide your eyes in, we were treated to a fifteen minute long close up of his clothless, skinless, bright red azz, which was just the first in a series of obsessive azz shots.

The AzzCam next moved on to then-race-leader Phillipe Gilbert’s hinter parts and finally to the behindards of eventual Stage winner David Moncoutie (Cofidis).

Maybe tomorrow the camera guy can get us shots of the podium girls between changes. One can always hope.


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