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What no Vuelta Chatter?(8 posts)

What no Vuelta Chatter?Chicago_Steve
Sep 4, 2003 7:56 AM
Kind of surprised at that lack of activity on this board with the Vuelta starting this weekend.

Heras is the favorite in my eyes but any thoughts on Casero, Aitor Gonzales, Evans, Sevilla, or some of the other challengers? Is Heras a lock?
re: What no Vuelta Chatter?eyebob
Sep 4, 2003 12:55 PM
How about that dude Pechorrohman (sp?). He tore up the early season but it remains to be seen how strong the team is around him. As last year, I'm betting that the Vuelta will be closer and more exciting than either of the two other Grand Tours (yes, I know this year's Tour was good, but save for Lance dehydrating/bonking on one Stage and crashing on another, it wouldn't have been that close). I'm just glad that Mario will be back racing. It was classy for him to ride after initially pulling out only to find that his team would be nixed if he personally didn't show.

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Pecharromán may have some issuesChicago_Steve
Sep 4, 2003 1:23 PM
From Cyclingnews.com

The Vuelta a España is now about to start. And Pecharromán will be watched by many eyes to see how he responds in a big race: "I plenty of ambition for the Vuelta, but after the injury that I suffered in the femur following the Volta a Catalunya, I had to stop riding for almost the whole month of July. I restarted training at the end of July, so I think I will need around 30 more days or so to be 100 per cent ready and in good shape for the Vuelta. I will not get to the start of the competition as well prepared as I would like. I'll try to get a good rhythm in the beginning, and then try to have a better second half and win a stage."

I think the Vuelta isn't getting the big press as much simply because of no Lance/Ulrich/Pantani/Cipo (until yesterday!)... It should be interesting to see how some of these big names perform after a whole season of racing...
Two thingsmohair_chair
Sep 4, 2003 3:16 PM
1. What stage will Mario bail out on?

2. After a spring season, but the loss of two top guys to drug tests, will Milaneza-MSS live up to their promise?
Two thingsatpjunkie
Sep 4, 2003 4:46 PM
there's a long TT in this Vuelta that I think will nullify the pure climbers. Heras would have to build a huge gap in the mountains and I just don't see it.
Hmmm...Chicago_Steve
Sep 5, 2003 6:00 AM
So a decent climber that can time trial well?

Galdeano and Gonzalez are looking slightly more interesting... I wonder how Casero does in the TT?

Take a look at the comments but Gonzalez from cycling news... Doesn't sound like a man driven to win (at least to me)...

Gonzalez told Spanish magazine Meta 2Mil that winning isn't his main objective. "My first aim is to recover the sensations that I had during the 2002 Vuelta. Then we can start to think about winning."

"I see [the route] as being very balanced," he continued. "There are two long time trials, but there are also seven mountain top finishes. If a time trial specialist such as myself wishes to win this year's Vuelta, he'll have to put in a good performance in the mountain stages."

Gonzalez pointed to 2001 winner Angel Casero (Bianchi) as the man to watch this year. "I have a hunch that it will be Casero," he said. "I was surprised during the Tour of Burgos to see that neither Sevilla nor Heras were able to keep up with the best riders during the climb of Lagunas de Neila, they are usually very quick at picking up form, but they still have time to improve. I also saw that Casero was riding very well indeed. It wasn't a case of him outperforming everybody else, but we cyclists pick up on these things quickly and it was easy to see that he was going well, very relaxed, and this makes me think that he's going to be the man to beat."
Milaneza-MSSChicago_Steve
Sep 5, 2003 6:01 AM
Moller and Jeker should be good to watch... I'm curious how Edo will match up with the stronger sprinters like Zabel and Petacchi...

Oh and Mario... Total question mark on how this guy will perform...
How about that....Dwayne Barry
Sep 6, 2003 2:02 PM
fat*ss Quaranto? Dropped on the first hill, and DNF'd. He should go back to track racing or come over to the US for the crit circuit, and save himself of the constant embarassment of getting dropped on every hill.