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Vuelta 2018 - Rest Day #1
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:08 »
The first week of racing in the Vuelta has come to an end, and with the GC still as open as it could be:

RANK RIDER GAP
1      #red   SIMON PHILIP YATES       -
2      #movistar   ALEJANDRO VALVERDE       + 00h 00' 01''
3      #movistar   NAIRO QUINTANA       + 00h 00' 14''
4      #bora   EMANUEL BUCHMANN       + 00h 00' 16''
5      #bahrain   JON IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI       + 00h 00' 17''
6      #ag2r   TONY GALLOPIN       + 00h 00' 24''
7      #astana   MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ MORENO       + 00h 00' 27''
8      #ef   RIGOBERTO URAN       + 00h 00' 32''
9      #jumbo   STEVEN KRUIJSWIJK       + 00h 00' 43''
10      #jumbo   GEORGE BENNETT       + 00h 00' 48''

There are a couple of potentially more calm couple of days to come before the next big showdown over the coming weekend, but Valverde may fancy the chance to pick up bonus seconds somewhere. The actual gap is only 0.08s as far as I can see, so 1 second would do to take #red.

In the points classification he is leading already:

RANK RIDER POINTS
1      #green   ALEJANDRO VALVERDE       81 PTS
2      #bora   PETER SAGAN       63 PTS
3      #dimension   BENJAMIN KING       58 PTS
4      #sky   MICHAL KWIATKOWSKI       50 PTS
5      #jumbo   DANNY VAN POPPEL       46 PTS
6      #quickstep   ELIA VIVIANI       41 PTS
7      #trek   BAUKE MOLLEMA       40 PTS
8      #bahrain   JON IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI       39 PTS
9      #ag2r   TONY GALLOPIN       37 PTS
10      #sunweb   WILCO KELDERMAN       37 PTS

Three stages likely to end in a sprint are to come though, so that's good news for #quickstep Elia Viviani

#cofidis Luis Angel Mate used his home roads to take the #vkom jersey on day 2 of the race, and has defended it since, picking up all points he could.

RANK RIDER POINTS
1      #vkom   LUIS ANGEL MATE MARDONES       60 PTS
2      #dimension   BENJAMIN KING       33 PTS
3      #trek   BAUKE MOLLEMA       24 PTS
4      #ef   PIERRE ROLLAND       20 PTS
5      #lotto   THOMAS DE GENDT       10 PTS
6      #ag2r   BEN GASTAUER       7 PTS
7      #bmc   DYLAN TEUNS       6 PTS
8      #astana   NIKITA STALNOV       6 PTS
9      #euskadi   HECTOR SAEZ BENITO       4 PTS
10      #astana   MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ MORENO       4 PTS

If he keeps on doing this, he may even have a chance to carry it to Madrid. So far no one else has showed real interest.

The same (as usual) applies for the combined classification...

RANK RIDER POINTS
1      #white   ALEJANDRO VALVERDE       18 PTS
2      #dimension   BENJAMIN KING       23 PTS
3      #astana   MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ MORENO       30 PTS
4      #trek   BAUKE MOLLEMA       37 PTS
5      #mitchelton   SIMON PHILIP YATES       42 PTS
6      #sky   MICHAL KWIATKOWSKI       42 PTS
7      #movistar   NAIRO QUINTANA       46 PTS
8      #quickstep   LAURENS DE PLUS       74 PTS
9      #bmc   DYLAN TEUNS       74 PTS
10      #ef   SIMON CLARKE       75 PTS

...and the team classification

RANK TEAM GAP
1      #jumbo   TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO       -
2      #movistar   MOVISTAR TEAM       + 00h 01' 36''
3      #astana   ASTANA PRO TEAM       + 00h 04' 08''
4      #dimension   TEAM DIMENSION DATA       + 00h 07' 03''
5      #bahrain   BAHRAIN - MERIDA       + 00h 07' 46''
6      #bora   BORA - HANSGROHE       + 00h 11' 23''
7      #sky   TEAM SKY       + 00h 14' 34''
8      #ef   TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE       + 00h 17' 24''
9      #uae   UAE TEAM EMIRATES       + 00h 26' 33''
10      #fdj   GROUPAMA - FDJ       + 00h 30' 04''

#astana currently Lopez leads the Youth classification with #quickstep Enric Mas 48s behind.

So far in #katusha Maurits Lammertink only one rider has abandoned the race, which is a very unusual low number
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    Re: Vuelta 2018 - Rest Day #1
    « Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 11:45 »
    for the overall - Uran is actually looking pretty good.

    He will do way better in the ITT ... if he can hold on and ride under the radar, no one else seems to be in super form so you never know.



    Valverde looking the part for Innsbruck. Scary good.
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    Re: Vuelta 2018 - Rest Day #1
    « Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 11:56 »
    Quiet week and a bit of a throwback to how most GTs used to open. It's been very hot and very dry and, on some days anyway, very slow.

    It's early days yet but ...

    The biggest thing this week for me has been how what had looked like a super stacked GC field has melted away to just a few contenders. Some through injury or circumstances but not a few who just look exhausted.

    Porte, Nibali, Martin, Zakarin, Woods, Dennis and Meintjes are all more or less done. Aru, Pinot and Mas don't look like stepping up their game any time soon. Majka and Mollema have different objectives. And I might be a lone voice here but I thought even Valverde was on the limit yesterday.

    All of which means that, Quintana, Uran and Kruijswijk aside, there's room for some (fairly) new faces on the podium Madrid. Yates and Lopez obviously but also Izagirre, Kelderman, maybe even Buchmann this time.

    What has been refreshing is that BOTDs have stayed away twice during what has not been as straightforward a week as perhaps it first looked on paper. King has been very lucky with how things have shaken out, of course, but also Clarke. And so it's not yet been possible to call who's the strongest among the sprinters.
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    Re: Vuelta 2018 - Rest Day #1
    « Reply #3 on: September 03, 2018, 16:07 »
    All of which means that, Quintana, Uran and Kruijswijk aside, there's room for some (fairly) new faces on the podium Madrid. Yates and Lopez obviously but also Izagirre, Kelderman, maybe even Buchmann this time.

    it should be interesting, yeah. Lopez has the potential to ride away on the climbs I guess, but the two super steep finishes to come may not be exactly to his liking. Kelderman looks surprisingly sharp as well after his injury, and should be able to claim a lot of time back in the time trial, so he is not completely out of it yet.

    Buchmann lost a bit of time yesterday, but he crashed pretty hard on Friday, so if he can recover from that over the coming flatter days, he may be in the mix as well. Same as the Jumbo boys. And Quintana. And Uran. And Valverde? Who knows
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    Re: Vuelta 2018 - Rest Day #1
    « Reply #4 on: September 03, 2018, 18:33 »
    What has been refreshing is that BOTDs have stayed away twice
    ¨

    Isn't that 3 times? (2x #didata King 1x #ef Clarke?)

    Quiet week....
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    IMHO there has been quite a few intense stages, but the anything with a mountain in it has been piano riding in the peloton until the last climb.
    It is kind of opposite of the Giro first week which invariably includes one or two sprint stages with a hopeless BOTD and everyone doing piano - in this vuelta the so called flat sprint  stages are raced for long distances while the mountain stages are for sleeping on the sofa.

    Another theme has been that of resurgence, maybe motivation-related?
    #cofidis had 0 WT wins, Bouhanni hardly a decent stage all season, now there's a WT win
    #ef had 0 WT wins and now they have 1 plus a strong card in the GC (uran)
    #didata had 0 WT wins with Cavendish having fallen off the year and EBH seemingly lacking something (possibly due to gall bladder operation in the spring). Now they have 2!

    All these teams obviously had something to ride for.
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