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La Vuelta a Espana 2010: Stage 20 #lavuelta #vuelta

Posted by bikezilla on September 18, 2010

Cycling News, VeloNews

— — Did anyone else notice that during Stage 20, the motorcycles seemed to be throwing blocks for Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo) vs over-enthusiastic fans? I loved it. I didn’t notice if they did it for Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), too.

It was cool that even though it often seems that Spanish and Italian cycling are the bitterest enemies, the Spanish fans seemed equally joyful in their support of Nibali as he closed in on Mosquera.

Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo) has been labeled a “diesel” in the belief that he slogs through most brutal climbs at a tough and steady pace, but not an especially fast pace. It seemed kind of like an insult.

Ok, no, he doesn’t accelerate like Alberto Contador on the most brutal climbs. But aside from Andy Schleck, who does?

I think Mosquera just knows how hard he can push for how long and when he needs to settle into an sustainable push. He rides hard and suffers to his limits, but he doesn’t suffer rashly or pointlessly. He rides smart.

Unfortunately for him, we saw a ton of incredibly intelligent riding over the past three weeks.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) probably rode his smartest stage of this Vuelta today. With legs 9yrs younger than Mosquera’s he was in great position to hold on to the Red (leader’s) Jersey. Even with smart riding and age on his side, Mosquera still took him to his limits.

It was an exceptionally beautiful struggle.


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