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Vuelta format(14 posts)

Vuelta formatDjudd
Oct 1, 2001 7:39 PM
I can't thank OLN enough for the three "Grand Tours" live and complete. I think the Vuelta's format was very interesting that is: shorter stages which made for fast riding, and fewer transfers. A big climb on the penultimate stage was very different from the other two big tours. I pray we, stateside, will find ourselves back in the multi-stage tour scene like the Tour duPont/Trump salad days r
Yes, pretty competitive the whole way! nmjagiger
Oct 1, 2001 7:54 PM
re: Vuelta formatGregJ
Oct 1, 2001 8:27 PM
It was a great race. I have been following pro cycling for about 15 years. I never thought I would see the day when I could watch an hour or two daily of all the 3 week tours. The only information available in the mid 80's was magazine coverage. I looked forward to getting that "Winning" in the mail every month, now there is internet and daily TV, with Phil and Paul no less. I am feeling a bit empty right now, I know there will be a few tidbits this fall but next season seems a long way away. I might even have to strike up a conversation with my wife now and then.
Reruns baby!!! nmMazz
Oct 2, 2001 3:40 AM
Totally agree and...RB
Oct 1, 2001 8:48 PM
I have sent emails to OLN thanking them for each. I think wwe all should so that they know we are watching.
Vuelta was way more exciting thant the TourI Love Shimano
Oct 1, 2001 9:18 PM
each stage was so exciting, especially the mountain stages. Never saw so many guys make the effort to win a mountain stage. Bravo to Casero, Jimenez, Sevilla, and Heras!
Vuelta was way more exciting thant the TourPiP
Oct 1, 2001 9:44 PM
Dont forget Leipheimer...:)
Vuelta was way more exciting thant the TourI Love Shimano
Oct 1, 2001 10:23 PM
Yeah, Leipheimer too. I mean, one day you on't know the guy (except for his Bike.com diary), next day he wins a podium place in the Vuelta AHEAD of Heras.

Bravo!
re: Vuelta formatJohnG
Oct 1, 2001 10:35 PM
The race organizers should be given medals. This was a very well thought out race program.

However, I thought Phil's "commentary" was near-abismal. I wish Paul could just do it alone.

JohnG
re: Vuelta formatI Love Shimano
Oct 1, 2001 10:45 PM
I think the organizers did a great job in planning the race, except for a few stages that seemed too dangerous. Like the one where Carlos Sastre crashed hard on. Looking at the roads from the overhead cams, you could clearly see that the way down (or up) would be very dangerous. I predicted a spectacular solo crash that day. I almost got to see 2.
re: Vuelta formatscottfree
Oct 2, 2001 4:23 AM
Do you ABSOLUTELY wish that?
, I thought Phil's "commentary" was near-abismal.Birddog
Oct 2, 2001 7:01 AM
Don't forget that these guys are doing the commentary from a studio and they get the same lousy pictures that you see. It's not like they have spotters out on the course, they aren't even in Spain. They have to identify riders from the video. I think they do an amazing job under the circumstances.
Shouldn't that be ABSOLUTELY amazing?scottfree
Oct 2, 2001 8:25 AM
Pinhead Phil and Pinhead Paul say 'absolutely' nearly as often as we get introduced to the all-new Mercury Mountaineer.
Throw in a small hill at the end!mr_spin
Oct 2, 2001 8:10 AM
Bring on the hills! I loved the format, especially the flat stages that had a Cat 2 or 3 hill right at the end. I'm not a big fan of sprinters like Quaranta who can't climb to save their own lives and Telekom/Saeco style mass field sprints.

I wish the TDF would throw in more small hills at the end to leave just the hardmen like Zabel and Tchmil, and guys like Ullrich and Bettini and Jalabert who can climb and sprint.