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@14 AnthonyCan’t you get Eurosport or ITV 4 on your tele then.
With the 3 best cyclists in the world missing from La Vuelta, it should be a shoe-in for Quintana, but got to agree Yates isnt making it easy for him!, just hope he has paced himself for the whole race, and still time for a few more surprises
HOWEVER, just the fact that an Englishman kept pace with a Colombian on a 20% gradient in a Grand Tour absolutely beggars belief. Simon you are a god.
As for the cycling, deeply worried about Quintana and Yates knows it too judging by his frustrated tap on the handlebars on the finish line
TV watching evenings should revolve around Eurosport, the home of cycling. Thank god there are 3 Grand Tours each lasting nearly a month so I can indulge my daily escapism of listening to Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly take me around these 3 wonderful countries.
Yates has actually turned the presence of Valverde behind Quintana to his advantage. By forcing Movistar to chase the breaks over the last couple of stages, he’s extended his advantage by 7 seconds while presumably conserving energy. The problem for him is that Quintana looks fresh.
Movistar have the advantage of two riders in top 4 and assuming Rodriguez fades in next couple of days Yates will have done exceptionally well to triumph. Good to see he conserved energy in the last two days rather than chasing hares.
TV watching evenings should revolve around the superb, incisive, friendly ITV4 coverage!
Fifth or eighth to finish first
As posted previously Why no coverage of the race?, especially by the Beeb?
My good grief they choose some tough climbs. My thighs ache just watching them. Yates and Quintana are humble incredible sportsmen. May the best man win.
Quintana looks strong, can't see anyone challenging him. Valverde is too old and generally fades anyway on massive climbs, Uran isn't at this best, Lopez perhaps and Yates almost certainly will have a bad day.
Well done to Oscar Rodriguez on a stunning final climb to win stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana. His cadence was rocket fast. Well done Yates who gained time on all the main contenders save for Quintana. Without doubt Yates is very much in the thick of it and in with a great chance. Lots of mountains to climb and it can all change in a blink of an eye.
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