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« on: August 19, 2019, 12:48 »
#lotto

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Sander Armée
Thomas De Gendt
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Tosh Van der Sande
Brian van Goethem
Harm Vanhoucke
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Stage hunting

#movistar



Unzue considers Valverde, Quintana, Carapaz and Soler all leaders for the race.

#jumbo



Roglic with 1 race day since the Giro ended.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 12:56 »
    #ag2r



    Not a bad comeback from Latour at Pologne.

    #astana



    #bahrain



    Teuns had a great race last year, but bound to be a bit more tired this time round.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #3 on: August 19, 2019, 13:09 »
    #katusha

    https://twitter.com/katushacycling/status/1163368943475728384

    #sunweb



    Not expecting too much from them.

    #trek

    https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/vuelta19

    Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
    John Degenkolb (GER)
    Niklas Eg (DEN)
    Alex Kirsch (LUX)
    Jacopo Mosca (ITA)
    Kiel Reijnen (USA)
    Peter Stetina (USA)
    Edward Theuns (BEL)

    https://twitter.com/johndegenkolb/status/1162408689636118528

    Errrrrrrr.....
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 13:18 »
    #cofidis

    https://twitter.com/LaBicicletaNews/status/1163383707283218438

    Surprised Mate is riding. He was looking like Frankenstein after his crash in Pologne.



    #euskadi

    https://twitter.com/MuriasTeam/status/1163376427833745408

    Rodriguez coming into form at the right time.

    #burgos



    They surely won't be back next year. One final hurrah?
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #5 on: August 19, 2019, 17:50 »
    The Vuelta now also has now release a ~pdf provisional start list

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    The brilliant world champion, Alejandro Valverde, will be honoured in La Vuelta 19 by wearing bib number 1. The 22 teams that will commence the 74th edition of La Vuelta on the 24th of August at the Salinas de Torrevieja have already submitted their pre-registration forms to the organisation.
     
    Alejandro Valverde won La Vuelta ten years ago. This year, he will start La Vuelta 19 as one of the three ex-winners of the race competing for a new title, along with Fabio Aru (2015) and Nairo Quintana (2016). The Movistar Team has a solid team – with several possible leaders in its midst – among them, the Giro 2019 winner, (Richard Carapaz) and the winner of the Paris-Nice 2018 (Marc Soler) as spearheads. They will ride supervised by an elite duo consisting of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana.
     
    The Spanish Grand Tour’s 74th edition will also have an important list of South-American candidates with options to win the race: Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team), 3rd in 2018; Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), 3rd in 2016 and the potent EF Education First trident formed by the young Daniel Martínez and Sergio Higuita, who will ride with the experienced rider, Rigoberto Urán.
     
    On paper, Movistar Team’s main threat came from Jumbo-Visma, represented by Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk, third in the last editions of the Giro and the Tour, respectively. On flat stages, they will be protected by Tony Martin and in the mountains by George Bennett, Robert Gesink and Sepp Kuss.
     
    Jakob Fuglsang, winner of the last editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and of the Critérium du Dauphiné, had to abandon the last Tour de France due to a fall, and is now seen as Astana’s second card to play. Rafal Majka, 3rd in La Vuelta 15, returns with Bora-Hansgrohe accompanied by the Austrian Tour of Turkey winner (Felix Großschartner). Wilco Kelderman will lead Team Sunweb. Pierre Latour, best young rider in the Tour de France 2018 and practically absent this season following a long convalescence, will lead AG2R-La Mondiale. The Team Ineos opts for the British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart, who will have the opportunity to recoup following his Giro fall.
     
    Tireless rouleur and stage winner in the three Grand Tours, Thomas De Gendt, prepares to face his 3rd three-week race this season following a spectacular stage win in Saint-Étienne in this past Tour de France
     
    Highlights among the sprinters are Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ), Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) and the champion from the Netherlands Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step).
     
    Last, but by no means least, is the presence of the Slovenian diamond in the rough, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), winner of last year’s Tour de l’Avenir and of the Tour of California this season. La Vuelta 19 will be the first grand tour for this promising rider.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 08:49 »
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 08:55 »
    #uae

    https://twitter.com/TeamUAEAbuDhabi/status/1163441357832282114

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    Tadej Pogačar will make his debut after proving this year that he is not only a contender for the future but for the present also

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    Pardilla is still riding? Haven't seen him all year.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 09:20 »
    #ef



    Uran the "clear leader".
    #ef aren't last to announce their team. I'm shocked! :o
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #9 on: August 20, 2019, 13:32 »
    Blimey, the Astana team looks strong.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #10 on: August 20, 2019, 14:40 »
    Unzue considers Valverde, Quintana, Carapaz and Soler all leaders for the race.
    So more GT tactical masterpieces will be on display once again? :fp


    Roglic with 1 race day since the Giro ended.
    So he's well rested then?   :P
    Stronger looking support squad than what he had at the Giro, no?


    https://twitter.com/johndegenkolb/status/1162408689636118528

    Errrrrrrr.....

    Hold on now. Shouldn't this clip have triggered some sort of forum-wide alert?  :lol

    At least there's one area where I can legitimately out-perform Mr. Degenkolb. :win

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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #11 on: August 20, 2019, 17:03 »
    But can you drum and count to six in Spanish at the same time. :shh

    #deceuninck

    https://www.deceuninck-quickstep.com/en/news/4088/deceuninck-quick-step-to-vuelta-a-espana

    Eros Capecchi
    Rémi Cavagna
    Tim Declercq
    Philippe Gilbert
    Fabio Jakobsen
    James Knox
    Maximiliano Richeze
    Zdenek Stybar

    #ineos

    https://twitter.com/TeamINEOS/status/1163828664619941888


    .....and that's all twenty two teams.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #12 on: August 20, 2019, 17:19 »
    Stronger looking support squad than what he had at the Giro, no?

    well, if they were there to support him, for sure, but Bennett for example said (a while ago) that he aims for a Top 5 himself
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #13 on: August 20, 2019, 22:32 »
    #lotto

    https://lottosoudal.be/en/news/lotto-soudal-heads-la-vuelta-team-attackers

    Sander Armée
    Thomas De Gendt
    Carl Fredrik Hagen
    Tomasz Marczyński
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    Brian van Goethem
    Harm Vanhoucke
    Jelle Wallays

    Stage hunting


    It is my impression from interviews with Carl Fredrik Hagen (in the week after the Poland tragedy) that he will most likely start out riding for GC, but he will not be protected by the team. The team's priority is stage wins.  When/if he's dropped out of contention (for top 10), Hagen will go for stages too.

    With #lotto Carl Fredrik has developed rapidly towards a climber for the big hills (this includes dropping Alaphillipe on the final stage in the Dauphine...! ) and his first year as a pro is basically a success already. Hardly anyone in Norway expected this much from him, but it proves the point that when our national races don't cater for good climbers they are ranked as mediocre flatlanders with poor sprints and overlooked. (The last few years the Norwegian national cup has added a stage race with some good climbs in the mountains, but this came too late for Hagen.)

    I hope he has recovered enough from the loss of Lambrecht to train well in the meantime, and I am curious to see how well he does in a 3-week race. My preduction: surprisingly well, if the tragedy hasn't completely destroyed his preparations. Physically, he is very strong and one of the Norwegians with a very extensive training schedule. Rumours has it he spends more time on the bike than Kristoff, but I doubt that is correct. However, I reckon the challenges this time certainly haven't been purely physical.

    Apart from that, he isn't very good on time trials but there are riders that can't TT that has made it in to the top 10 in the vuelta before, so it just might work out for Hagen too.
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    « Reply #14 on: August 20, 2019, 23:16 »
    He has had quite a good first season on WT level for sure, with some very decent performances on hilly terrain, but turning that into a Vuelta Top 10 sounds like a tough task to me.

    To be honest, I was already amuzed when I read that guys like Großschartner or Navarro potentially aimed for GC...
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #15 on: August 21, 2019, 07:09 »
    He has had quite a good first season on WT level for sure, with some very decent performances on hilly terrain, but turning that into a Vuelta Top 10 sounds like a tough task to me.

    I agree, it sounds like a long shot, but then again  top 10 GC in a GT is considered a longer term goal. He isn´t under pressure to perform in the vuelta, but if he ever wants to get there, he probably can´t start a three week tour by dropping 5 minutes to be allowed to get into the breakaways and hunt for stage wins.
    I think he wants to test the level of the competition, and it is great if #lotto allows him to do that. They have been very good at their rider development with CFH.

    With the big IF of how the Lambrecht tragedy has impacted his (and the teams) preparations, Calle is one possible positive surprise this year. He is developing rapidly and we haven´t seen his limitations in terms of long stage races yet, but dropping Alaphilippe on the last stage of the Dauphine is quite a good sign, isn´t it? (let´s disregard van Baarle taking the stage!  :angel)
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #17 on: August 22, 2019, 11:58 »

    The last team to name their squad, and it still wasn't final.
    De la Cruz in, Elissonde out

    https://twitter.com/TeamINEOS/status/1164447219992408064
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    « Reply #18 on: August 22, 2019, 15:26 »
    That's huge news about Carapaz.

    Even if he does start, obviously he won't be near his top form. If he doesn't, that changes the dynamic of both Movistar and the race itself.

    Who might his likely replacement be if he's unable to race?
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #20 on: August 22, 2019, 17:09 »
    Rojas

    Wow. So it's official. Didn't see this coming just a few days ago.

    I'd say this works in Roglič's favor though. Such is the nature of the sport.

    I wonder how this will change Valverde's approach as well.
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    « Reply #21 on: August 22, 2019, 18:35 »
    I wonder how this will change Valverde's approach as well.

    I don't really thing so. The Vuelta has always been his main goal of the season, and he has barely ever finished outside the Top 5 in the past (3-4-2-5-1-2-3-3-7-12-5 since 2003). He'd had gone for it anyway.

    It's a little setback for movistar's target to win the 5th GT team classification in a row though :dizzy
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #23 on: August 23, 2019, 17:59 »
    The last team to name their squad, and it still wasn't final.
    De la Cruz in, Elissonde out

    https://twitter.com/TeamINEOS/status/1164447219992408064

    it's all a bit strange. Also the late inclusion of Poels, who "asked to be included in the team last Friday", because he "loves the Vuelta" and "was feeling good in training".

    Let's see where he ends up with that kind of preparation...

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    « Reply #24 on: August 24, 2019, 16:27 »
    #mitchelton Mitchelton Scott

    CHAVES Esteban
    BEWLEY Sam
    GRMAY Tsgabu
    HOWSON Damien
    MEZGEC Luka
    NIEVE Mikel
    SCHULTZ Nick
    SMITH Dion

    is has been quite a while since Chaves was at his best, but there was quite an intersting interview with Luka Mezgec in Slovenian press (google translator will do the job) a couple of days...

    https://www.rtvslo.si/sport/kolesarstvo/luka-mezgec-v-iskanju-mehurcka-in-s-taktiko-vse-ali-nic/497299

    According to him, Chaves was still carrying quite a bit too much weight during the Giro. Now he is in perfect condition again and he expects him to get a podium at least - and by the sound of it, even more. He mentions that he potentially will have to do some work to defend the #red leader's jersey at least.
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    Re: Vuelta Start List
    « Reply #25 on: August 26, 2019, 07:49 »
    The last team to name their squad, and it still wasn't final.
    De la Cruz in, Elissonde out

    https://twitter.com/TeamINEOS/status/1164447219992408064

    there was an article about it in l'Équipe yesterday. Apparently de la Cruz' agent Giuseppe Acquadro had a word with Brailsford, and as they have a good business connection (with guys like Bernal or Carapaz also in his hands) he could convince him to make a change to the lineup.

    De la Cruz doesn't have a team for 2020 yet, so him getting the chance to show himself is very much in Acquadro's interest.
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    « Reply #26 on: August 26, 2019, 07:57 »
    there was an article about it in l'Équipe yesterday. Apparently de la Cruz' agent Giuseppe Acquadro had a word with Brailsford, and as they have a good business connection (with guys like Bernal or Carapaz also in his hands) he could convince him to make a change to the lineup.

    De la Cruz doesn't have a team for 2020 yet, so him getting the chance to show himself is very much in Acquadro's interest.
    Is it time to stop calling it Team Brailsford, and instead call it Team Acquadro? :S
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