Deep Thoughts: Vuelta Stage 14
Joaquim Rodriguez! Is there anything this guy can’t do?? Every time we think “oh, he probably won’t do well on this stage. The climbing is too long and/or steep for him,” not only does he not crack, but he usually comes back and wins the whole damn stage!
- I don’t understand why Contador seemed to attack Rodriguez so far from the finish. He had to know there was no way he could beat him in a sprint to the finish. Why wouldn’t he just drag Rodriguez to the finish, let him take the stage and not lose any time? By attacking when he did, he provoked Rodriguez to counterattack and cross the finish line 5 seconds ahead of him.
- Froome came in 38 seconds down. He’s seems to be more of slow and steady racer this time around than in the Tour. He was much more explosive during the Tour, following all of Nibali’s attacks. This time, he seems to be clawing himself back to the lead group, more than following attacks. So, while things aren’t looking great for Froome, I don’t thing things aren’t over yet for him. He has to limit losses and hope he can attack somewhere. Honestly, though? I think he’s going to have to fight with Valverde to even get on the podium.
- It’s funny how everyone thought this would be a race between Froome and Contador but it’s turning into a race between Rodriguez and Contador.
- I’m impressed with how Valverde didn’t give up after his crash. He could’ve just given up after his crash, and gone for top 10 or stage wins, but he’s fighting back for a podium! And now he’s tied with Froome for 3rd.
Posted on September 1, 2012, in commentary, Vuelta a Espana and tagged alberto contador, alejandro valverde, chris froome, joaquim rodriguez, vuelta, vuelta a espana. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.