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Title: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: search on August 24, 2019, 17:13
Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe

August 25th

looks like a fun stage to kick things off on Sunday:

(https://img.aso.fr/core_app/img-cycling-vue-jpg/2/3131/0:0,1500:846-960-0-70/ff6b1)

>3000m of climbing there, so probably no chance for the sprinters. And in all likeliness #red will be up for grabs (at least if Jumbo takes it on day one), so it should be a big fight for the breakaway right from the start.

If it somehow comes back together... there's still this little beauty to cope with in the end

(https://i.imgur.com/HdeoKlp.png)

~24k to go from the top:



Calpe is a popular Winter destination for some teams, so plenty of riders may know the routes from training. And also the "Alto de Puig Llorenca" is a well known climb, as it is the ~800m shorter version of "Cumbre del Sol" (stage finish in 2015 and 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDlsMPduHsM
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: search on August 24, 2019, 17:15
and yes, I think this is one of the "seven sprint stages" some people were talking about :dizzy
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: t-72 on August 25, 2019, 13:26
https://twitter.com/roisdelapedale/status/1165598858803666945
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: search on August 25, 2019, 17:10
those idiots on Eurosport got on my nerves quite a lot today. "Who would have thunk that the sprinters got dropped?" "Who would have thunk that we see attacks on the climb?", blah blah, blah... everyone who had a look at the profile, i guess.

But well. In the end #movistar Quintana won and #sunweb Nicolas Roche took the #red leader's jersey.

(https://img.aso.fr/core_app/img-cycling-vue-jpg/lv19e02-05-2000x690/4314/0:0,1999:690-1200-0-70/c23c3)



Who would have thunk :dizzy
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: rote_laterne on August 25, 2019, 20:54
Nice to see Quintana back. At least he wasn't chased down by Valverde. After reading the article at CN, that nobody told him about Carapaz I thought he would again be isolated and it would break him mentally. I hope  #movistar backs him as their only GC rider now.
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 25, 2019, 22:03
After reading the article at CN, that nobody told him about Carapaz I thought he would again be isolated and it would break him mentally.

Which article was that? What wasn't he told?
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 26, 2019, 01:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM36XqsKfZQ



Why does Quintana look pregnant?  :S

(https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/08/GettyImages-1170127518-1220x814.jpg)


What the...???
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/2019/07/25/2/gettyimages_1164171424_670.jpg)


Same at Paris-Nice
(https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/03/Final-Podium301.jpg)
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: AG on August 26, 2019, 09:32
the jersey design going to dark at the bottom certainly doesnt look flattering   :D

well done Quintana !!!!


Everything I had read before the stage talked about sprinters holding on etc - it being considered a sprint stage.   (I didnt look at the profile, had just seen the headlines and blurb)     when I turned it on and started watching, I got quite a surprise that the talk was essentially that it was going to be a GC stage.

and so it was.
Title: Re: Stage 2: Benidorm › Calpe
Post by: rote_laterne on August 26, 2019, 21:58
Which article was that? What wasn't he told?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-guarded-on-chances-of-taking-a-second-vuelta-a-espana/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-guarded-on-chances-of-taking-a-second-vuelta-a-espana/)

Quote
Colombian had 'no idea' Carapaz would not be taking part

Asked about how the last-minute absence through injury of Giro d'italia winner and teammate Richard Carapaz – one of Movistar's key players for the Vuelta – was being handled by the rest of the team, Quintana said he had limited knowledge of what had happened.

"I don't really know much about that, nor was I aware the decision had already been taken he would not race," Quintana said. "All I know is that he was going to take part and now he's not."

Showed at least ongoing communication problems or non-communication in team Movistar.

Post Merge: August 26, 2019, 22:02
Why does Quintana look pregnant?  :S

I always wondered about the shape of his belly.