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    The Final Week of the Vuelta

    Three stages with summit finishes starting today, the last hill with this profile. Short, but with very steep ramps.



    Froome won his first Grand-Tour stage here two years ago. This time the GC is again still wide open, Nibali leads grandpa Horner by just a handful of seconds, Valverde, Rodriguez and Roche not far behind. Tonight from 21:00 BKK time on Eurosport. That should be the final 60 to 70km of the stage.


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    Horner produced the fastest climb ever on the Pena Cabarga, 33 seconds better than Froome in 2011. He's now a mere 3 seconds behind Nibali. The 42 years old is going to win it. Marvelous.

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    Nibali looked very strong a few months ago, but not so dominant now. I'd quite like to see Valverde win because he and his team have given a lot to the big races this year; always active and thereabouts.

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    He's got his chance this afternoon, trailing by only a minute. Nibali and Horner at long last swapped places at the penultimate summit finish, but still separated by only 3 seconds. The big one is coming up today, the climb to the fearsome Angliru. There are only two mountains this tough in the world, the other one is the Zoncolan in the Giro. Since they are not visited every year, it's a spectacle as rare as football world championship finals.



    The profile of this mountain


    The fastet ascents on it of the past

    1. 2000: 41:55 Roberto Heras 18.32 km/h
    2. 2008: 43:12 Alberto Contador 17.78 km/h
    3. 2000: 43:24 Pavel Tonkov 17.70 km/h
    4. 2000: 43:24 Roberto Laiseka 17.70 km/h
    5. 2008: 43:54 Alejandro Valverde 17.49 km/h
    6. 2002: 43:55 Roberto Heras 17.49 km/h
    7. 2011: 43:57 Juan Jose Cobo 17.47 km/h
    8. 2008: 44:10 Joaquim Rodriguez 17.39 km/h
    9. 2000: 44:13 Raimundas Rumsas 17.37 km/h
    10. 2008: 44:17 Levi Leipheimer 17.34 km/h
    11. 2000: 44:22 Txema Del Olmo 17.31 km/h
    12. 2000: 44:43 Fernando Escartín 17.17 km/h
    13. 2008: 44:44 Carlos Sastre 17.17 km/h
    14. 2011: 44:45 Wout Poels 17.16 km/h
    15. 2011: 44:45 Denis Menchov 17.16 km/h
    16. 2011: 44:45 Christopher Froome 17.16 km/h
    17. 1999: 44:50 José M. Jimenez 17.13 km/h
    18. 1999: 44:50 Pavel Tonkov 17.13 km/h
    19. 1999: 44:58 Manuel Beltran 17.08 km/h
    20. 2008: 45:08 Robert Gesink 17.02 km/h
    21. 2011: 45:11 Bradley Wiggins 17.00 km/h
    22. 2011: 45:18 Igor Anton 16.95 km/h
    23. 2000: 45:26 Manuel Beltran 16.90 km/h
    24. 2000: 45:26 Massimiliano Gentili 16.90 km/h
    25. 2002: 45:30 Joseba Beloki 16.88 km/h

    The time differences in this race before the stage

    1 HORNER, Christopher (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD) 77:56:05
    2 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA PRO TEAM) + 3
    3 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 1:06
    4 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA) + 1:57
    5 ROCHE, Nicolas (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 3:49
    6 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 6:00
    7 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP - ENDURA) + 6:38
    8 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ) + 7:02
    9 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel (EUSKALTEL EUSKADI) + 7:45
    10 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) + 11:05

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    I don't think he can take 1 minute out of Horner on 1 stage... Nibli could have a good stage and take the lead though.

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    Nibali has cracked before on the Angry Lou, lost more than 2 1/2 minutes in 2011 on that mountain. My guess is that he'll be off the podium tonight. The scientists figure that Horner's power output is almost 20% greater than Froome's in the TDF, the highest value ever calculated, actually. Hope he's clean. Horner pushes the power numbers at the Vuelta - VeloNews.com

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    Are they now in the Asturias,the collieries there reminded me of South Wales

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    the angliru was just epic today, mesmerising. seeing pro-riders come to an almost standstill in parts is just amazing

    can someone explain to me how chris horner, who until recently id never heard of (and at the age of 41) suddenly wins not only a grand tour but a bloody hard one at that? sincerely hope he's clean
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    Yep, a victory for the elderly gentlemen with a bald patch. Horner can stand in the pedals for miles, that's a rare talent.



    It's much the same like 2011, when JJ Cobo won against Froome and Wiggins. An unknow from an unknown wild-card team (Geox), both were expected to do well from there on. Geox faltered a month later, Cobo went to Moviestar, and never found good form again. Don't know what it is like in other regions, but Eurosport Asia has broadcasted all 3 Grand Tours regularly only since 2010. I remember that it did the Giro in 2006, not the Vuelta. In 07,08,09 only the TDF, so I watched the Giro on RAI, but didn't understand the Italian. No Vuelta ever before 2010, and when I watched it for the first time, I didn't know most of the riders. Who the hell is Igor Anton? And Esequil Mosquera? Joaquin Rodriguez? They led for many stages.

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    im sorry but i just cant believe he won it straight

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