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    Volta a Portugal 2013 / Tour of Portugal

    Results after Prologue and 5 stages


    Yellow Jersey:
    1 - Sergio Pardilla (SPN) - MTN Qhubeka
    2 - Rui Sousa (POR) - Efapel Glassdrive
    3 - Gustavo Veloso (SPN) - OFM Quinta da Lixa
    4 - Hernâni Broco (POR) - Efapel Glassdrive
    5 - Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ) - Continental Team Astana
    6 - Alejandro Marque (SPN) - OFM Quinta da Lixa
    7 - Délio Fernandez (SPN) - OFM Quinta da Lixa
    8 - César Fonte (POR) - Efapel Glassdrive
    9 - Daniel Silva (POR) - Radio Popular Onda Boavista
    10 - Edgar Pinto (POR) - LA Antarte
    11 - Daniel Wyss (SUI) - IAM Cycling

    Blue Jersey (Mountain)
    Márcio Oliveira (POR) - LA Antarte

    Red Jersey (Points)
    Manuel Cardoso (POR) - Caja Rural

    White Jersey (Youth)
    Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ) - Continental Team Astana

    Team classification
    Efapel Glassdrive (POR)

    Stage 3 - OFM Quinta da Lixa was the big winner. Délio Fernandez won and his compatriot and team mate Alejandro Marque finished 2nd. Marcel Wyss was able to maintain the yellow jersey on the day. There was a crash in the last 5Km of the stage. Three riders had to be taken to hospital but the Sojasun rider was the most affected by the crash and had to withdraw.
    Danail Petrov (BUL) of Caja Rural was one of the riders that crashed (his second crash in a row).
    Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t4NK6D7zH4
    Last 2KM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTqhG7t97h4

    Stage 4: It was all about mountain and lots of people were in trouble due to heat (about 41º C). No wonder most riders accepted water bottles from the audience... Lots of attacks but in the end Sergio Pardilla got the best of everybody. Pardilla won the stage and robbed the yellow jersey from Marcel Wyss, who resisted as mush as he could but in the end he had no team mates to support him.
    The funny thing is that Pardilla and Rui Sousa were tied in the general classification due to having the exact same time but Pardilla won the stage and therefore gets to be wearing yellow.
    Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OuSsKuPizU
    Last 2KM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBQHU-Muva0

    Stage 5: There was na usual thing during this stage. 7 riders of team LA Antarte started a breakaway and for quite a long time looked like they were doing some sort of team TT. But there was a reason for such decision: to ensure Márcio Barbosa would be in a position to get the blue jersey. In the end it was mission accomplished. MTN Qhubeka and Caja Rural were the most active teams in leading the bunch to catch the riders in the breakaway. The breakaway survided until about 6Km to the finish line. Manuel Cardoso of Caja Rural won the stage. It was another day with lots of heat. John Murphy (USA) of United Healthcare finished the stage in 11th place.
    Last 3 KM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c21Jev0YV5w

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    Tour of Portugal 2013 / Volta a Portugal

    Tuesday - Day off

    Stage 6 - 180Km from Sertã to Castelo Branco. Temperature about 41ºC just like in the previous days. Maxime Daniel (France) of team Sojasun was the winner.
    Small highlight vídeo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9unuS0CLz7k

    In the general classification, the top 10 are still the same (the gap between 1st and 11th is less than 1m so anything can happen).
    No changes in the jerseys leaders.

    Just found these vídeos on youtube for those interested in watching a significant part of the stages (or at least enjoy the landscapes lol)
    Prologue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaV_9loiu04
    Stage 1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9OKsfdWdYM
    Stage 2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4-jvp0qOR4
    Stage 3:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eSgPdVJ5Mw
    Stage 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxYUTvjSGoQ
    Stage 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_cMEUD7zY

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaiKozOda View Post
    Just found these vídeos on youtube for those interested in watching a significant part of the stages (or at least enjoy the landscapes lol)
    That's not silly. The scenery and locations is one of the reasons I like to watch cycling. It's like a travelling history and geography lesson.
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    One of the great things about cycling broadcasts is the possibility to enjoy beautiful landscapes that sometimes we've never even heard about them before. I agree with that.
    Please have in mind that my "lol" was about the fact that some viewers lose a bit of interest when the big teams like Sky, BMC or Omega aren't racing but they can still watch it anyway cause there's always something new to learn and enjoy.

    Volta a Portugal 2013 / Tour of Portugal
    Stage 6 small video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9unuS0CLz7k
    Stage 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4goYD9ZDUo
    Stage 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQTPnGvW8xI

    Stage 7 - winner Raul Alarcon (SPN) of team Louletano. Once again it was a hot day and lots of riders started to strugle right at the begining of the stage.

    Stage 8 - Exciting day. This stage wouldn't have looked out of place in the Tour of France. Gustavo Veloso (SPN) of OFM/Quinta da Lixa won the stage. Rui Sousa (POR) of Efapel Glassdrive was second and conquered the yellow jersey. Sergio Pardilla (SPN) of MTN/Qhubeka had a nightmare and lost a lot of time, which meant that he dropped from 1st in the general classification to 16th overall. That was quite a tumble.
    Before this stage, the time difference between 1st and 11th place was less than 1m. After stage 8 the diferences finally started to be more significant.

    General classification after 8 stages:
    1.º Rui Sousa (POR/Efapel-Glassdrive)
    2.º Gustavo Veloso (SPN/OFM-Quinta da Lixa), 6s
    3.º Hernâni Broco (POR/Efapel-Glassdrive), 31s
    4.º Alejandro Marque (SPN/OFM-Quinta da Lixa), 38s
    5.º Daniel Silva (POR/Rádio Popular-Onda), 51s
    6.º Edgar Pinto (POR/LA-Antarte), 52.s
    7.º Virgílio Santos (POR/Rádio Popular-Onda), 1m35s
    8.º Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM Cycling), 2m02s
    9.º Nuno Ribeiro (POR/Efapel-Glassdrive), 2.39s
    10.º Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ/Astana Continental), 4m55s

    Red Jersey (Points)
    Edgar Pinto (POR/Efapel Glassdrive)

    Blue Jersey (Mountain)
    Márcio Barbosa (POR/ Efapel Glassdrive)

    White Jersey (Youth)
    Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ/Astana Continental)
    Last edited by DaiKozOda; 08-17-2013 at 07:17 PM.

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    Tour of Portugal 2013 / Volta a Portugal

    Stage 9
    - Individual time trial. This was the decisive stage. Marque had a great time trial and moved up from 4th to 1st. Rui Sousa lost the yellow jersey to Marque and is now in 3rd. Nevertheless, Rui Sousa is now wearing the red jersey. Gorbunov dropped out of the top 10. Marque has a 4 second lead over Veloso but it's predictable that Veloso won't attack in the last stage due to the fact that Marque is his team mate.

    General classification after 9 stages.
    1. Alejandro Marque, SPN (OFM-Quinta da Lixa),
    2. Gustavo Veloso, SPN (OFM-Quinta da Lixa), 4s
    3. Rui Sousa, POR (Efapel-Glassdrive), 50s
    4. Edgar Pinto, POR (LA-Antarte), 2m44s
    5. Hernâni Broco, POR (Efapel-Glassdrive), 2m57s
    6. Daniel Silva, POR (Rádio Popular-Onda-Boavista), 2m59s
    7. Marcel Wyss, SUI (IAM Cycling), 3m14s
    8. Virgílio Santos, POR (Rádio Popular-Onda), 5m23s
    9. Nuno Ribeiro, POR (Efapel-Glassdrive), 6m49s
    10. Célio Sousa, POR (Rádio Popular-Onda-Boavista), 7m49s

    Yellow jersey
    Alejandro Marque (SPN) - OFM / Quinta da Lixa

    White Jersey
    Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ) - Astana

    Red Jersey
    Rui Sousa (POR) - Efapel Glassdrive

    Blue Jersey
    Márcio Barbosa (POR) - LA Antarte

    ***Small note*** on my previous post I mentioned that Edgar Pinto belonged to team Efapel but that is not correct. He is a LA Antarte rider. Sorry.
    Last edited by DaiKozOda; 08-19-2013 at 01:16 AM.

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    US Pro Challenge (what should be called the Tour of Colorado except someone else already trademarked that name) starts tomorrow. Always fun scenery, and last year a bunch of the ice skaters at Champs Camp got to see it when the Tour went by the OTC in Colorado Springs.
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    Great crowds have shown up for the US Pro Challenge for the first two stages and a lot of the pros were enjoying Aspen's luxury before the Race. Sagan took stage one, and BMC's Mathias Frank the second stage. But Garmin's Lachlan Morton is currently in the leader's jersey sponsored by Smashburger

    Nice to see such support from the fans in Colorado for the race.

    In sad news, it looks like Euskatel hasn't been able to find a sponsor. I hope they can find something becuase they're such a unique team in the peloton. There was a rumor that they were in talks with Oleg Tinkoff, but I fear that may be worse than no sponsor.
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    I heard on Eurosport that Euskaltel won't return in 2014. Somehow I would love a little miracle to happen. Euskaltel is such a legendary team already that it will be a shame to see them gone.

    Volta a Portugal 2013
    Stage 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhJKfjuIeag
    Stage 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnKck79MUN8
    Jacob Keough (USA / United Healthcare) won the last stage.

    Final results:

    Yellow Jersey
    Alejandro Marque (SPN) - Team OFM Quinta da Lixa
    He won by 4s.

    Red Jersey (Points)*
    Manuel Cardoso (POR) - Team Caja Rural
    * This one was tight: three riders were tied in first place with 85 points (Manuel Cardoso, Edgar Pinto and Rui Sousa). Cardoso won overall because he was the first of the three to cross the finish line in the last stage.

    Blue Jersey (Mountain)
    Márcio Barbosa (POR) - Team LA Antarte

    White Jersey (Youth)
    Vladislav Gorbunov (KAZ) - Continental Team Astana

    Teams
    Efapel Glassdrive (POR)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaiKozOda View Post
    I heard on Eurosport that Euskaltel won't return in 2014. Somehow I would love a little miracle to happen. Euskaltel is such a legendary team already that it will be a shame to see them gone.
    They were in discussion with Oleg Tinkoff, but maybe it's just as well they didn't reach a deal. Oleg's drunken posts on twitter insulting his team riders, fans and pretty much everyone isn't an image I associate with the legendary Basque team.

    Tejay Van Garderen won today's team trial at US Pro Challenge after taking the leader's jersey with an attack on the descent yesterday. He's solidly in the lead going into the weekend.
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    Van Garderen ended up with the overall win at the Pro Challenge, and Sagan got the last stage in Denver.

    Meanwhile, the Vuelta started and both Nicholas Roche and Chris Horner have taken stage wins so far. Horner is also the overall leader after today. At 41, he's also the oldest stage winner in any Grand Tour.
    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 08-26-2013 at 05:44 PM.
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    Formula One racer Fernando Alonso has purchased the Euskatel Euskadi UCI license= and is intending to create a team around Samuel Sanchez.

    Horner takes another stage at the Vuelta and regains the race lead. Not sure how to feel about this. It makes me nervous that any of Bruyneel's riders are winning grand prix stages at 42, but he was one of the few "older" riders that wasn't kept out of the Olympics (or suspended) by US Cycling in connection with the Armstrong investigation. In any event, this tweet from Voigt made me laugh:

    Congrats to @hornerakg !!! Must say- when i get older i wanna be just like him!! My hero.
    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 09-03-2013 at 03:16 AM.
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    I just thought I would add a link to the inaugural Tour of Alberta that just completed yesterday.

    http://tourofalberta.ca/site/

    I was able to see the finishing leg in Calgary, right on the opposite side of a corner so they came straight at us going out of the bend. Then we ran two blocks to try and see the sprint finish but it was too crowded. Lots of fun anyway. So far I've only seen races on TV and it is a completely different prospective seeing it live. Peter Sagan won the final stage and didn't disappoint with his antics at the finish line, pretending to be a cowboy twirling his rope in the air to rope a calf. Later he was doing wheelies with one hand on the bike handle and the other in the air like a bull rider. An homage to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. Also saw Cadel signing autographs and having his picture taken with some fans. Rohan Dennis from Australia (Garmin) won the GC and young rider jerseys. They hope to make this an annual event.

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    I saw a lot of positive comments from the riders about the Tour of Alberta. Seemed to be very well organized with nice accomodations and fan support. I hope it continues, it's nice to have more big races in North America and give more fans a chance to see a race live.

    Horner is now 3 seconds behind Nibali in the Vuelta with the biggest stage coming on Saaturday up the Angiliru. Should be exciting.
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    I miss Nicole Cooke. She was such a great personality and rider.

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    Looks like Alonso's bid to save Euskatel won't happen after all. That's a shame, it's truly one of the classic teams.

    Wiggins won the Tour of Britain, and Cavendish ended up with three stage wins. Nice to see big crowds at the stages!
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    World Championships going on this week, with the senior men's time trial set for tomorrow.
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    Tony Martin makes it three in a row!

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    Challenger Brian Cookson beats incumbent McQuaid for UCI President. I don't know much about Cookson, but I definitely think the UCI needed a change.
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    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

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    A "men of cycling" pin up calendar for charity.

    Here's the full gallery. Most of the money raised is for prize money at the women's cycling Tour of Britain.
    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 10-30-2013 at 06:34 PM.
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