#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 […]

#LAVUELTA: THE BRAVE OF LUTSENKO

#LAVUELTA: THE BRAVE OF LUTSENKO

  LAVUELTA: Stage number 5 and first test. From Benicassm to Alcossebre. An up and down along 175,7 km and today’s breakaway made by a brave Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), the same insulted by the group at Tour de France in Isoar when he tried another action from the very long distance making someone really upset. “Where are you going?” they asked him. He wanted to go for the victory he desired. This success is double for Astana, as gained by a Kazakh athlete. Brave, smart and talented he overcame Alaphilippe and Soler who lost their chance struggling each other while the Alexandre Vinokourov racer was taking the lead. Behind, there […]

#LAVUELTA: MATTEO TRENTIN, NOMEN OMEN

#LAVUELTA: MATTEO TRENTIN, NOMEN OMEN

TARRAGONA (SPA): Matteo Trentin is an atypical Italian, coming from, as his name says, Trentino. He is atypical because he has Belgian DNA. Specialized in classic races, he is running for one of the most important teams in the World, and the strongest considering just the big races of the northern Europe. Today’s stage in Tarragona had a very difficult final part, for which he found the perfect interpretation. Even if he is not a sprinter, he managed to beat all of them starting from the Spanish Juan Lobato. Our Sacha Modolo, ideally more exposive than Trentin, took just the 6th place.   Thus was it a quiet stage? Not […]

NIBALI SUFFERS AND COME BACK!

NIBALI SUFFERS AND COME BACK!

ANDORRA: Vincenzo Nibali suffers and leaves the group, but later he comes back in and takes the lead winning a very intense stage at Andorra. Sicilian racer has been great in managing his energy, or maybe he was just acting during the first part, before triumphing in front of David Delacruz and Froome. With this action he took the green shirt, while also reducing the delay in the general ranking to 10″. The leader is still the white Kenian Chriss Froome, who wants to make a great performance in this Vuelta, better than the ones of the previous years, and finally win after three second places. “I knew that Andorra […]

#TOURDEFRANCE: the reasons why Aru could win…

#TOURDEFRANCE: the reasons why Aru could win…

Fabio Aru can win this Tour de France? At the moment he and his entourage have said that they only think about the stage of tomorrow with no distraction. Humility is preached but the awareness of being close to something big is strong. Lets analyze from the unknown. One, underestimated to this point, is called Romain Bardet. The French, winner today, is riding very well since the start of the Tour and is supported by a powerful team (AG2R). Apparently fragile, Bardet is actually really strong and he is already on the podium in Paris 2 years ago. The second is obviously Chris Froome who has experience and 22km of the last […]

Quickstep’s house problem: Gaviria or Kittel?

Quickstep’s house problem: Gaviria or Kittel?

Marcel Kittel, shirt number 4. Ivan Drago is actually in the saga of the 4th film dedicated to Rocky Balboa, Silvester Stallone‘s film. Blond and physically like a boxer, the German of QuickStep says he is in a perfect physical condition and, dressed in his green jersey he will arrive in Paris with this primate. All right till now. It would be good if Kittel wasn’t at the center of an intense negotiations. Some evaluations must be made in Quick Step’s home that now has in its team 2 of the world’s fastest riders. Only a month ago, it seemed that the Belgian team, a really strong team, had already chosen has main character Ferdinando Gaviria, a really […]

CONTADOR, A CRISIS THAT COMES FROM THE PAST.

CONTADOR, A CRISIS THAT COMES FROM THE PAST.

Tomorrow stage will starts from Perigueux and goes to Bergerac, famous for Cirano. All the big ones are ready to start apart the poor Richie Porte who is in the hospital. On this Tour the only cyclist who misses is Alberto Contador. Pinto’s spanish is actually in the race, 5′:15″ far from the leader at the 12th place. The true defeat of this 2017 edition. You might wonder whether it’s a just an unlucky year or a career ending. The champion has always stated that the data recorded in training were good and that the leg was the ones of the right days. It is a sign that even the watt sometimes aren’t so […]