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petepeterson
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by petepeterson

That was some great racing to watch and a great lesson in tactics.

I thought there was plenty of star power present towards the end for a very selective race in nearly October. Days like that have to be difficult for a guy like Froome who built around the tour and checked out mentally two months ago. I guess the Spaniards didn't?

Amazing rides by J-Rod and especially Nibali with that crash. Really sad to see he or Purito not get the win after such great racing but they just did too much work. Not many other options for him in that situation though short of calling Costa's bluff.

Interesting to see no criticism here for Costa's rope-a-dope finale after the discussion around Gerrans' MSR.

Would have loved to see Rodrigeuz or Nibali win but at least it wasn't Valverde.

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djconnel
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by djconnel

Costa didn't have much choice. The Spanish outnumbered him, and while he didn't really help Nibali chase down Purito, has Valvpiti countered after the catch, we would have seen what Costa was willing to do. But that never happened, and when Rodriguez attacked again, Costa was able to bridge solo, which was perfect. I didn't see how Costa had any other choice, especially without teammates in the chase group.

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by petepeterson

Not sure how you arrive at that conclusion. Costa sat on while Nibali asked him to chase on the feed I was watching.
I would have been pissed if I were Nibali, but that's cunning racing by Costa.

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Rick
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by Rick

Part of cycling tactics is knowing what you can do, what you have to do, and WHEN to do it. Rui Costa really rode quite brilliantly. He was outnumbered and out powered. If he had gone too early, Nibali may havbe been able to stay on him, or Valverde may have jumped on him too. If he had waited any longer, he might not have been able to bridge to Rodriguez and had enough left to sprint. I thought he really showed what being an experienced pro is all about! :thumbup:

Luck always plays a role, but a great rider can see the situation developing and make the most of his "luck".

Too bad for the Spanish. The timing was just not quite right, although they still did very well and can be proud.

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by ultyguy

I know this is supposed to be PRO and all, but this kid is going to do some serious damage whether on the road or in the mud...he's a really nice kid to boot. Looks like he was rocking handmade alu tubs? Reflex rims?
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Antoine
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by Antoine

this promising kid is the grandson of R.Poulidor

ultyguy
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by ultyguy

indeed ;)

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by nathanong87

i too like others have said would have thought valverde should have just gone with costa in the final 1.5km

surely despite towing nibali up he still would have beaten him in a sprint, ... unless valverde was just cooked.

bruno2000
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by bruno2000

His team is sponsored by our belgian Brand Zannata and by Cole Wheels.
I believe this is the set he was riding:

http://www.cole-products.com/pages/prod ... php?ids=13

ultyguy
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by ultyguy

Yup that that looks like it.

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Tinea Pedis
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by Tinea Pedis

petepeterson wrote:Interesting to see no criticism here for Costa's rope-a-dope finale after the discussion around Gerrans' MSR.

I think DJ might be closer to accepting he was a little rough on Gerrans :lol:

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by MarkGiardini

SBS Spanish news must have showed purrito crying for 75% of the 3 minute segment today!
It went -
1) close up of him crying.
2) podium shot with him crying on the left .
3) Costa out sprinting to win.
4) purrito crying close up again .
5) British rider crashing into side of mountain .
6) final shot of purrito crying
KWalker wrote:chill out perv dogs, homegirl is still only 17.

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by pastronef

nice one from Gerard

Gerard Vroomen ‏@gerardvroomen 3h
Rui Costa had unique motivation yesterday: "Do .. not .. want .. to .. race .. in .. pink .. and .. purple, .. do ..not .."

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ave
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by ave

Yes, but I'm sure so had Pozzato.
Who actually was much better than a certain swiss rider thought beforehand. ("If I were him I would not even turn up")

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by ultyguy

Maybe Costa will go old school and just wear the white rainbow top with his normal trade team shorts.... :scared:
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