#LAVUELTA: THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PODIUM IN CONTADOR THOUGHT

#LAVUELTA: THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PODIUM IN CONTADOR THOUGHT

“The most important thing is that people have appreciated the fact that, in stages where nothing would normally have happened, I attack and gave a show during this Vuelta. For the fans and for me this was more important than the podium or of the final victory “. Alberto Contador say goodbye to the great cycling and obscures for one day the most spectacular man of this season, Chris Froome who place the double Tour-Vuelta, the same as Bernard Hinault. Contador end his career with a last tour as attacker, a finale that even in a movie we could not imagine. The Spaniard start bad in this Vuelta, loses 2 minutes right away at the first […]

#LAVUELTA: ANGLIRU THE MOUNTAIN THAT DEFEAT PANTANI AND FROOME

#LAVUELTA: ANGLIRU THE MOUNTAIN THAT DEFEAT PANTANI AND FROOME

Vuelta Espana arrives in Alto de Angliru in Asturias, a Spanish region famous for the city of Oviedo. The stage is short but hard. The Angliru is a fearless mountain, 12 km terrorizing the group and bringing to mind so many emotional memories. This is the preferred climb of “El Chava” Josè Maria Jimenez, one of the greatest Iberian climbers in recent years. A pure talent, psychologically fragile, prematurely disappeared. Here won Alberto Contador and Gilberto Simoni but lost Chris Froome. Even the great British athlete received a great defeat on this ascent, most notably by a meteor like Juan Cobo, an unsettled athlete, but in that year, 2011, he could arrive before the 2 team Sky […]

#LAVUELTA: LET’S SAVE CANNONDALE-DRAPAC WITH INDIEGOGO

#LAVUELTA: LET’S SAVE CANNONDALE-DRAPAC WITH INDIEGOGO

Alto Santo Toridio de Liebana (SPA): Froome increase his lead from Nibali by a few seconds, just 20″, but still earns and it’s a big sprint to the victory of the red shirt. Now there is only the fearsome stage of the Angliru on Saturday to separate him from his historic double Tour-Vuelta. Angliru, for those who did not know it is the Spanish climb twin with Mortirolo for its hardness. If the runners’ nights at Vuelta are upset by the climbs, Cannondale Drapac team athletes are tormented by the risk of team closure next year. A situation that is not easy to handle since one hundred people are working for the US team. […]

#LAVUELTA: STEEP DESCENTS, HEAVY CLIMBS. WELCOME THE DUO CONTADOR-NIBALI

#LAVUELTA: STEEP DESCENTS, HEAVY CLIMBS. WELCOME THE DUO CONTADOR-NIBALI

LOS MACHUCOS: After the time-trial that has further crowned Chris Froome’s dominant role, the 17th stage of #VueltaEspana, 180km long, will start from Villadiego to Los Machucos. There are 5 stages missing at the end but these 4 can be decisive. Once again is time for the “squalo dello stretto”, Vincenzo Nibali, to attack the British as his gap is now 1′: 58″. In today stage there are many potential winner, the most important of these is called Alberto Contador. The one from Madrid, being at his last Gran Tour in his career, does not want to spend next 5 days in anonymity. Everyone remembers his attacks to Purito Rodriguez, which allowed him to conquer his 3rd Vuelta in 2012. Vincenzo therefore can […]

#LAVUELTA: THE PHANTOM OF FROOM ENGINE

#LAVUELTA: THE PHANTOM OF FROOM ENGINE

These days a video of Chris Froome show that the British would have mounted a small engine inside his bicycle. The video can be found at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=_UNHibTi1wA and within a few hours it has had hundreds of thousands of views that trigger the most disparate reactions. In fact, there are a couple of considerations that need to be made. The stretch in which the shot is taken is downhill and therefore it is normal for the athlete to take speed. At the second 26 of the same video it can be noticed that even a Cannondale knit runner moves in the same thrown spot and without pedaling. A runner like Froome who […]

#LAVUELTA: 2 PENALTY WITHOUT GOALKEEPER… BUT THERE’S ALSO THE EXTRATIME

#LAVUELTA: 2 PENALTY WITHOUT GOALKEEPER… BUT THERE’S ALSO THE EXTRATIME

SIERRA NEVADA (SPA): 2 penalty for Chris Froome in this Vuelta Espana. This football metaphor allows us to better understand the opportunity that is presented to him. It begins today with the arrival at Sierra Nevada which has a climb suitable for British characteristics and continues on Tuesday with the 41 km time-trial. Hottest occasions to offset the lead in the overall classification that today is only 55″. Yesterday Vincenzo Nibali, thanks to the 3rd place aboard, managed to recover 4″. Certainly few but a good thing for morale. If today still does not happen anything, there will be the time-trial on Tuesday to make further adjustments to the Spanish race. A slightly […]

#LAVUELTA: WHAT ABOUT FAIRPLAY? NO, A RACE IS A RACE

#LAVUELTA: WHAT ABOUT FAIRPLAY? NO, A RACE IS A RACE

Chris Frome snorts, misses a gear and sees the chain jumping … then he changes the bicycle and starts again. He put too much energy needing to return in the peloton, so he force on pedals but the low lucidity in the curve makes him fall. The skill, the real one, is to keep the cold blood to be able to regain the mental serenity after the fall and challenge the tension of those who just made a double mistake on live TV. In the end he is the one who has everything to lose as he is the strongest, but he is still in advantage over the opponents in the overall standings, and with a […]

#LAVUELTA: WHAT DOES NIBALI SAY

#LAVUELTA: WHAT DOES NIBALI SAY

CALAR ALTO: Someone has seen the stars and it is possible since the arrival of Vuelta was located at the Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory. Vincenzo Nibali tries several times to win this race and he gets really close. He miss just one think to complete the perfect day and gap also Chris Froome that in this Vuelta is the man to defeat launched towards a double victory Tour-Vuelta. Nibali has all the potential even though the Iberian race is still long. Nibali attacks, eyes are those of the tiger. He puts all the power needed to create a gap that never rises over a few dozen meters. In Sicilian grimaces we can see all the fatigue and […]

#LAVUELTA: THE SMILING ESTEBAN

#LAVUELTA: THE SMILING ESTEBAN

XORRET DE CATI: Today we are still climbing at Vuelta Espana. The most interesting duel in the ranking is between Froome and Chavez. The small Colombian has been through difficult times this season, where he had an accident that he had suffered for 60 days, and then tragically lost a loved one of his staff. Not the best conditions to emerge at a high level and in fact the Tour de France was a failure. Now Chavez has found morale, legs and smile and points straight to the podium. For the success of the Vuelta 2017 it is tough because at the time trial he will lost minutes.   THE […]

#LAVUELTA CHAMPAGNE, NOT FOR BARDET AND BETANCUR

#LAVUELTA CHAMPAGNE, NOT FOR BARDET AND BETANCUR

SAGUNT (SPA) – Great cyclism at Vuelta de Espana where the very high rhythm brought some athlete at worning-out. Today, the first one giving up has been Romain Bardet, the French racer gained the third place at Tour de France but already in Paris he seemed exhausted. In Sagunt we had a double for Poland, with the expert Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) winning and Pawel Poljanski (Bora Hansgrohe) behind him. Third was the rookie Enric Mas (Quick Step). They were all part of a breakaway with other 37 athletes, later reduced to 28 and then 23, which started during the first of the five daily uphills. The beauty of cyclism […]