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Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
« on: April 18, 2019, 19:21 »
We'll probably need a thread for this sooner rather than later as the wildcard announcement must be coming soon. We knew them by April 10th last year.

Are they waiting to give Burgos a chance to show some signs of life?

I'm going for Burgos - best result this season so far is 18th.

Since I posted this they have improved on that miserable record with Gibson scoring a 7th today in Turkey. However from a sporting perspective it's difficult to see them being worthy of the golden ticket.

Other options?

W-52 aren't exactly tearing up trees, Vital Concept would seem the likeliest beneficiaries and it's no stretch of the imagination to see Rolland winning from a break or Coquard enjoying the usually weaker sprint field, Delko are doing all right recently, the Geeeeeeeks have the money and some okay riders or Rally as a real left field shout.

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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 23:36 »
    No surprise, but Burgos showed nothing so far, even Caja Rural is weaker than last year but still the best spanish PC team. As a non-spanish fan I would have preferred an invitation for a different PC team. Although I understand that the Vuelta is the most important race for spanish teams and racing it the way to secure sponsorship.
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #3 on: July 13, 2019, 07:39 »
    Does anyone know when the Vuelta a Espana 2019 roadbook in english will be released? And where to download? Much appreciated.
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #4 on: August 06, 2019, 10:02 »
    Im waiting too.  Did you manage to find it anywhere yet ?
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 17:48 »
    Does anyone know when the Vuelta a Espana 2019 roadbook in english will be released? And where to download? Much appreciated.

    Im waiting too.  Did you manage to find it anywhere yet ?

    here you go:

    http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=2384.msg2250933#msg2250933
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 11:07 »
    Thank you. Without sounding ungrateful, any chance you have the english version? Thanks again.
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 11:35 »
    no, unfortunately not
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #8 on: August 12, 2019, 10:50 »
    no, unfortunately not
    thanks for posting it in any case. I appreciate it. 👍
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #9 on: August 19, 2019, 15:33 »
    Decent preview here from Andrew Hood:

    Analysis: No five-star favorites means Vuelta could be even more unpredictable

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    The lack of marquee names could be a boon for this year’s Vuelta. The Spanish race is now set to deliver the sparks and fireworks that have consistently made the it the season’s best barn-burner.

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    “No one comes to the Vuelta just to pedal the bike,” [race director Javier] Guillén said last week. “All the top-level riders only think about winning when they are racing. I’m not worried about the intensity they bring, I am only worried about if they come or not.”

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    Last year saw British riders sweep all three grand tours. So far, Latin Americans have won the first two in 2019. Take your pick — Urán, Carapaz, Quintana, López or Chaves — all have options to keep that streak going.
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    Re: Vuelta 2019 General Discussion
    « Reply #10 on: August 21, 2019, 01:22 »
    It looks like NBC is offering the Vuelta through their "Gold" streaming service, but it's also going to be broadcast on the "Olympic channel" although air times seem a bit late in the day, often not until about 3:00pm Spanish time.

    I'm not sure if that means a delayed broadcast, or only just the end of each stage. :slow

    I'll probably just have to wait and see, because NBC is notoriously horrible at keeping their audience abreast of what's actually going to be offered. As it is, the Olympic Channel, as listed, doesn't include Stage 1, and nothing after Stage 9. But I won't be the least bit surprised if that's just due to a weak and outdated website, (The Olympic Channel is part of NBC Sports).

    This is the same site who's highlight videos are telling me that, "Armstrong believes the 2019 TdF is still wide open." 
    :cool
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