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La Vuelta a Espana 2010: Stage 10 #lavuelta #vuelta

Posted by bikezilla on September 7, 2010


Prerace.

Andy Schleck and Stuart O’Grady get booted for . . . who cares.

Baby Schleck is 26, he’s supposed to do stupid things. O’Grady is 38. He’s probably having a midlife crisis as his career fades to black and he’s lost in the wishing that he was still 26.

The article mentions a good relationship ending on a bad note.

Good? The sniping of the past months makes it seem like there’s considerable bitterness and resentment swirling beneath the surface. This is just a symptom of that poison.

Bah.

Stage 10:

Cycling News

Today was a day of coolness in the peloton, start to finish.

— It’s quite inspirational to see such a tight group of leaders clawing and posturing over mere seconds.

Joaquin Rodriquez (Katusha) gave his tactic of chasing an intermediate sprint for a time bonus, and so the GC lead, another shot. This time it wasn’t a crash conspiring to erase his triumph.

This time is was nearly stolen by Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar, who have begun playing the points game in earnest as they struggle against each other for the Green (sprinters) Jersey.

Cav snatched away Rodriquez’ (and if he rode for an American team you know they’d have thought of a really cool nickname for him, like J-Rod. Let’s thank God that he doesn’t ride for an American team) chance at the first place points with Tyler taking away the 2nd.

They left J-Rod Rodriquez with a mere 2 second time bonus, but it was just enough for him to wiggle the Red (leader’s) Jersey away from Igor Anton (Euskaltel – Euskadi).

— Just 4 seconds separating 1st and 3rd a week and a half in to the Vuelta with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) in that 3rd spot.

— The first 16 spots are separated by just 1’59”.

So cool. So amazing. Makes me sad that I can watch so little of it and have to be satisfied with race reports and snippets of video.

— Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) graciously abandoned the break, because it would never be allowed to succeed with him in it.

The guy is also picked by many of his fellow riders as THE favorite for the Worlds in Geelong, Australia. Not that that has anything at all to do with today’s race. I’m just sayin’ that maybe you should keep his name in mind over the next few weeks.

— Caisse d’Epargne’s (damn if those guys haven’t given Spain a reason to love them) Imanol Erviti takes off solo with 20km to go and his exhausted break-mates can do nothing but bicker about who should lead the chase.

— And how about Anton’s appreciation for the Red, even in losing it:

“It’s a pity for the team that I didn’t succeed in keeping it. But for me, it’s still a dream that became reality, because leading a Grand Tour is something precious and special.”

The expulsion of Baby Schleck and Stuart O’Grady ended up being less interesting than a fart blown away by a heavy wind by the end of the day.

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