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Old 09-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #31
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41 year old Horner wins the Vuelta D'Espana today!


What a race and a true performance of strength for Horner.

The early break stayed away all day until the final climb. The red jersey group was large for a while and then began to slim down under the pressure of the climbs. At the end, all the leaders were together and there were still a handful of riders from the days breakaway up the road.

At the end of the race on the final climb, shrouded in fog, Nibali had several goes at Horner, maybe 4 moves, each time opening up a gap. Each time Horner churned back up to him. On the steepest parts of the final climb, with Nibali setting the pace, Horner was able to take the lead position and pedal past him. Horner's acceleration swallowed up rider after rider from the day's early break, leaving only the Frenchman Elissonde from Francaise des Jeux out front. After a few hundred metres Horner was able to put a gap on Nibali, and ride away from him on the steepest part of the climb.

Finally Horner came 2nd behind Frenchman Elissonde at 26 seconds, followed by Valverde an Nibali at 54 seconds.

The GC:
Horner
Nibali at 37 seonds
Valverde at 1:36
Rodriguez at 3:32
Nico Roche at 7:11

The final stage tomorrow is very short and very flat and is akin to the ride down the Champs-Elysees. A comfortable, relaxed group ride into Madrid.

He's done it!
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:03 AM   #32
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:01 PM   #33
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41 year old Horner wins the Vuelta D'Espana today!


What a race and a true performance of strength for Horner.

The early break stayed away all day until the final climb. The red jersey group was large for a while and then began to slim down under the pressure of the climbs. At the end, all the leaders were together and there were still a handful of riders from the days breakaway up the road.

At the end of the race on the final climb, shrouded in fog, Nibali had several goes at Horner, maybe 4 moves, each time opening up a gap. Each time Horner churned back up to him. On the steepest parts of the final climb, with Nibali setting the pace, Horner was able to take the lead position and pedal past him. Horner's acceleration swallowed up rider after rider from the day's early break, leaving only the Frenchman Elissonde from Francais de Jour out front. After a few hundred metres Horner was able to put a gap on Nibali, and ride away from him on the steepest part of the climb.

Finally Horner came 2nd behind Frenchman Elissonde at 26 seconds, followed by Valverde an Nibali at 54 seconds.

The GC:
Horner
Nibali at 37 seonds
Valverde at 1:36
Rodriguez at 3:32
Nico Roche at 7:11

The final stage tomorrow is very short and very flat and is akin to the ride down the Champs-Elysees. A comfortable, relaxed group ride into Madrid.

He's done it!
So, the first legitimate grand tour win by the team with origins traceable to USPS? I think so.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #34
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It appears that way. If it turns out differently I may never watch professional cycling again. As long as every comes up clean (and I can't imagine Nibali or Valverde doing anything sketchy given the history there) this will go down as one of the most exciting wins in my life. Lemond vs. Hinault being number one. Lemond Fignon #2. Hell I haven't thought this out enough to speak about it well. Sarroni winning the worlds when I was only 12, sort of my earliest, clearest memory that I loved the sport... Certainly Lemond vs. Hinault is number one for me in my lifetime. One day I'll sort the other's out.

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Old 09-14-2013, 05:06 PM   #35
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Only the 3rd American to win a Grand Tour. You know Lemond (Armstrong's were all stripped so he doesnae count) and who is the other one? #trivia



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Hampsten (sp?) at the Giro.
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Looking all of his 41yrs of age in that pic.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #38
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Hampsten (sp?) at the Giro.
You know it. Andy riding up the Gavia in the snow.

Horner does have the gaunt death face of a rider deep into a long tour.

The way he rode today was astounding.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #39
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Horner does it. Congrats, old man. Oldest man to win a Grand Tour.


Here's the bunch sprint. You don't always get to see the entire peloton riding off the saddle in their highest gear for a 1.5 kms but they were hammering around those corners.


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Old 09-16-2013, 08:57 AM   #40
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[QUOTE=BobbySands;22335254]Horner does it. Congrats, old man. Oldest man to win a Grand Tour.

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Very, Very cool

Love his attitude, has always seemed a straight shooter, and very friendly
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Only the 3rd American to win a Grand Tour. You know Lemond (Armstrong's were all stripped so he doesnae count) and who is the other one? #trivia


...and if you want to mess with people you ask, "who was the first american to win A tour de france?"






...Marianne Martin- the 'tour de france feminin' in 1984. :-)
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What a race! Thanks for carrying the thread, BobbySands!

Worlds start this weekend and run from Sat 8/22 thru 8/29. Thinking bout a thread for that.

Haven't thought about it or looked at the course profile, but I'm rooting for the defending champ!
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I say go for it. I love the World's. Lots of unknowns, some Tour riders had horrible form afterward, some of the Vuelta riders had amazing fitness, and some may have pedaled themselves into the ground.

I thought Boasson Hagen was a terror in the Vuelta and I wonder if he'll keep form for the Worlds.

Campagnolo Vince!

old man Joop in 1985, that makes him 39 years old.

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Saronni winning the worlds when I was only 12, sort of my earliest, clearest memory that I loved the sport... Certainly Lemond vs. Hinault is number one for me in my lifetime. One day I'll sort the other's out.


If you can watch this and not get chills at the end.

You can ask yourself why Lemond submarined Boyer at the end there, because-- let's make no mistake-- Lemond took him out like a sniper.


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